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David Merritt (born September 8, 1971) is an American football coach for the Kansas City Chiefs for the National Football League and former linebacker who served as the defensive backs coach for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the seventh round of the 1993 NFL Draft. He played college football at North Carolina State.

David Merritt
Kansas City Chiefs
Position:Secondary coach
Personal information
Born: (1971-09-08) September 8, 1971 (age 48)
Raleigh, North Carolina
Career information
High school:Raleigh (NC) Millbrook
College:North Carolina State
NFL Draft:1993 / Round: 7 / Pick: 191
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at

Merritt also played for the Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals and has been a coach at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Virginia Military Institute and for the New York Jets.

Early yearsEdit

Merritt was born in Raleigh, North Carolina. He attended Millbrook High School (Raleigh, North Carolina). Merritt was a member of the Millbrook High School inaugural Hall of Fame class in 2012

Coaching careerEdit

New York JetsEdit

In 2001, Merritt joined the New York Jets as a defensive assistant and linebackers coach.

New York GiantsEdit

Merritt was hired by the New York Giants as a defensive assistant and quality control coach in 2004. In 2006, he was promoted to secondary and safeties coach.

Arizona CardinalsEdit

On February 21, 2018, Merritt was hired by the Arizona Cardinals as their new defensive backs coach.

Coaching treeEdit

NFL head coaches under whom Dave Merritt has served:

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