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Jeff Rodgers is an American football coach who is the special teams coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He previously served as a coach for the Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Carolina Panthers, and San Francisco 49ers.[1]

Jeff Rodgers
Arizona Cardinals
Position:Assistant Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator
Personal information
Born:St. Paul, Minnesota
Career information
High school:Westlake (Austin, Texas)
College:University of North Texas
Career history
As coach:

Early lifeEdit

Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Rodgers moved to Austin, Texas with his family when his father accepted a coaching position at the University of Texas. He attended Westlake High School in Austin, the same high school attended by NFL quarterbacks Drew Brees and Nick Foles, and was schoolmates with the former.[2] Jeff's brother, Jay, is currently the defensive line coach with the Chicago Bears. Rodgers played linebacker at North Texas from 1996–1999. It was there that he earned a degree in Business, specializing in Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management.[3]

Coaching careerEdit

University of ArizonaEdit

Rodgers started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at University of Arizona.[3]

San Francisco 49ersEdit

Rodgers was a special teams quality control coach from 2003–2004, before becoming assistant special teams coach in 2005, a position he held through the 2007 season.[3]

Kansas StateEdit

In 2008, Rodgers was named the Special Teams Coordinator at Kansas State.[3]

Carolina PanthersEdit

In 2009, Rodgers was hired by the Carolina Panthers as an special teams assistant. He was promoted to special teams coordinator in 2010.[3]

Denver BroncosEdit

Rodgers was hired by the Denver Broncos as the special teams coordinator in 2011. During his tenure with Denver, the Broncos ranked 10th in the NFL in gross punting average (45.6 yards per punt), and 11th in net punting average (39.6 yards per punt). Denver's also had six total kick return TDs (four punt/two kickoff) which was tied for the second most in the NFL during Rodgers time with the Broncos.

Additionally, under Rodgers, Broncos K Matt Prater was named to the Pro Bowl following the 2013 season after setting franchise records in field goal percentage (96.2%, 25-of-26) and points scored (150). His 64-yard field goal on December 8, 2013 is the longest FG in NFL history. In 2014, K Connor Barth's 93.8 field goal percentage (15-of-16) was second-highest in Broncos single-season history.

In Rodgers' second season in Denver in 2012, the Broncos special teams allowed the second-lowest punt return average (6.2 yards per return) and the seventh-lowest kickoff return average (22.1 ypr) in the NFL. During the Divisional Playoffs that season, Trindon Holliday became the first player in NFL history to record a punt return TD (90 yards) and kickoff return TD (104 yards) in a single playoff game. In 2011, Denver was third in the NFL in punt return average (12.7 ypr) and one of just three teams in the league with multiple punt return TDs: Arizona (4), Denver (2), Chicago (2). P Britton Colquitt set single-season franchise records for gross (47.4) and net punting (40.2) averages and broke his own team record the following year with a 42.1-yard net average. He worked for the Denver Broncos through the 2014 season. [3]

Chicago BearsEdit

On January 19, 2015, the Chicago Bears announced Rodgers as their special teams coordinator. [4] Rodgers coached the Bears from 2015–2017.

The Bears had three special teams TDs in 2017 (two punt return, one fake punt), tied with the Rams for the most in the NFL. Rookie PR Tarik Cohen averaged 9.4 yards per punt return in 2017 (ninth in the NFL) and had a 61-yard return for a TD while KR Deonte Thompson ranked second in the NFL in 2016 in kickoff return yards (804). Sherrick McManis led the Bears in special teams tackles in each of the past three seasons (2015-17) while P Pat O'Donnell allowed just 22 punt returns in 2016, tied for the third fewest in the NFL among punters who appeared in 16 games. He was not retained after the firing of John Fox.[3]

Arizona CardinalsEdit

On January 26, 2018, Rodgers was hired by the Arizona Cardinals to be their special teams coordinator.[5]

Coaching treeEdit

NFL head coaches under whom Rodgers has served:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Jeff Rodgers".
  2. ^ "Bears coach: Former prep teammate Drew Brees 'did everything right'". Chicago Sun-Times. October 27, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Jeff Rodgers". www.azcardinals.com.
  4. ^ "Bears reach agreement with Jeff Rodgers". January 19, 2015.
  5. ^ "Cardinals announce coordinators, add Jeff Rodgers as special teams coordinator". January 27, 2018.

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