Jason Simmons
Las Vegas Raiders
Position:Defensive Passing Game Coordinator/Secondary Coach
Personal information
Born: (1976-03-30) March 30, 1976 (age 45)
Inglewood, California
Height:5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight:204 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:Lawndale (CA) Leuzinger
College:Arizona State
NFL Draft:1998 / Round: 5 / Pick: 137
Career history
As a player:
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

Jason Lawrence Simmons (born March 30, 1976) is a former American football strong safety and current defensive backs coach for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fifth round of the 1998 NFL Draft. He played college football at Arizona State.

College career

He was a 4-year letterman for Arizona State University, earning second-team All-Pacific-10 honors as a senior.

Coaching career

Jason Simmons enters his third season as Carolina's defensive pass game coordinator/secondary coach in 2022. Prior to coaching in Carolina Simmons coached with the Packers from 2011-2019.

In 2021, Simmons helped lead the Carolina Panthers to the 2nd ranked defense in the NFL in total yards allowed, and 4th in passing yards allowed per game.

In 2020, Simmons helped a young Panthers defense improve to 18th in the NFL in points allowed per game after the team finished 31st in the category in 2019. Under Simmons' tutelage, five different veterans in the secondary posted individual statistical career highs. In Week 11 vs. Detroit, the Panthers recorded their seventh shutout in franchise history (20-0), while holding Lions' quarterback Matthew Stafford to a season-low 178 passing yards and 70.0 passer rating. In Week 15, the Panthers defense held Packers MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers to a season-low 143 passing yards.

Simmons joined the Panthers in 2020 after spending the previous nine years in various roles on the Green Bay Packers staff. During Simmons' tenure (2011-19), Green Bay's defense recorded 146 total interceptions, tied for the fourth most by any team in that span.

He spent 2019 as Green Bay's defensive backs coach, where he helped the team advance to the NFC Championship game and finish the regular season tied for third in the league in interceptions, third in completion percentage allowed, fourth in pass breakups, fifth in forced fumbles, tied for fifth in passing touchdowns allowed and sixth in defensive passer rating. Cornerback Kevin King totaled five interceptions on the year (t-4th) with 15 passes defensed (t-8th). Cornerback Jaire Alexander added two interceptions and finished tied for fourth in the league in passes defensed with 17.

In 2018, Simmons served as the Packers' secondary coach, helping the team finish 12th in the NFL in pass defense (234.5 ypg) – a significant improvement after Green Bay finished 23rd in the category in 2017. Under Simmons' watch, Alexander led the team with 11 passes defensed and finished second in tackles (64) in just 13 games, earning him a spot on the PFWA's All-Rookie team.

Prior to coaching the secondary, Simmons served as an assistant special teams coach for Green Bay from 2011-17, where he helped the Packers special teams units excel across the board. In that stretch, the Packers ranked second in the league in opponent punt return average (5.7), and they were second in the league in yards per punt return (10.7) in 2017.


Charity work

In 2007, the Texans signed Green Bay Packers running back Ahman Green to a four-year contract.[1] Green had worn the uniform number 30 throughout his career, but on the Texans, that number had been assigned to Simmons since 2002.[1] Green offered to purchase the right to use the number from Simmons, but Simmons instead devised a plan where he would give Green the number in exchange for his help in purchasing a home for a needy family.[1] Green contributed $25,000 to the cause, Simmons added $5,000 of his own, and Texans owner Bob McNair chipped in a further $25,000.[1] After soliciting applications, the players selected Regina Foster, a 37-year-old single mother whose seven-year-old son Reggie was afflicted with autism.[1] With their help, Foster purchased a $100,000 home near Reggie's school, and area businesses made additional contributions, such as groceries, furniture, electricity, and phone and internet service.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f Garber, Greg. "Players parlay a jersey trade into a single mom's dream", ESPN.com, published November 21, 2007, accessed November 25, 2007.

Jason Simmons Carolina Panthers coaching profile