Jay Rodgers
Los Angeles Chargers
Position:Defensive line coach & run game coordinator
Personal information
Born: (1976-08-29) August 29, 1976 (age 45)
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Career information
High school:Austin (TX) Westlake
College:Indiana, Missouri State
Career history
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards
  • John Teerlinck Award (2018)

Jay Rodgers (born August 29, 1976) is an American football coach and former quarterback who is the defensive line coach of the Los Angeles Chargers. He was previously the defensive line coach of the Chicago Bears from 2015 to 2020 and the Denver Broncos from 2012 to 2014.[1]

Playing career

Rodgers attended Indiana University Bloomington, where he played quarterback for the Indiana Hoosiers football team from 1996 to 1998. In 1999, he transferred to Missouri State.[2]

Coaching career

Denver Broncos

After spending 2009–2011 as an assistant coach, Rodgers was promoted to defensive line coach following former coach Wayne Nunnely's retirement after three years with the Broncos.[3] In 2012, the Broncos went 13–3 and won the AFC West for the second year in a row.[4] They would go on to lose in the Divisional round to the Baltimore Ravens 38–35.[5] Under Rodgers' coaching, defensive end Elvis Dumervil made the Pro Bowl.[6]

During the 2013 offseason, the Broncos drafted defensive lineman Sylvester Williams & Quanterus Smith in the 1st (28th pick) and 5th (146th pick) rounds of the 2013 NFL Draft.[7] In 2013 the Broncos went 13–3 again and won the AFC West for the third consecutive year.[8] They would go on to Super Bowl XLVIII and lost to the Seattle Seahawks 43–8.[9]

Prior to the 2014 season, the Broncos signed defensive end DeMarcus Ware.[10] That year, the Broncos went 12–4 and won the AFC West for the fourth time.[11] They would go on to lose in the Divisional Round against the Indianapolis Colts 24–13.[12] Ware would make the Pro Bowl under Rodgers' tutelage.[13] After this season, head coach John Fox was fired and his staff was laid off.[14]

Chicago Bears

On January 25, 2015, the Chicago Bears named Rodgers the defensive line coach, reuniting with Fox who had been named their head coach.[15] In his first season with the Bears, they went 6–10 and missed the playoffs, though nose tackle Eddie Goldman made the 2015 All-Rookie team.[16]

During the 2016 offseason, the Bears drafted defensive end Jonathan Bullard in the third round (72nd pick) of the 2016 NFL Draft and added Roy Robertson-Harris as an undrafted free agent.[17][18] They also re-signed Mitch Unrein and added Akiem Hicks, but let Jarvis Jenkins go to the New York Jets.[19][20][21] During the 2016 season, the Bears went 3–13, the franchise's worst record since the NFL expanded to 16 games.

During the 2017 season, the Bears went 5–11, missed the playoffs, and Fox was fired.[22] After Matt Nagy was named the new head coach of the Bears, he elected to keep defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and his staff.[23][24] In the 2018 NFL Draft, the Bears drafted defensive lineman Bilal Nichols and Kylie Fitts in the 5th (145th pick) and 6th (181st pick) respectively.[25] In 2018, the Bears went 12–4, the first winning season since 2012 and playoff appearance since 2010.[26] Under Rodgers, defensive end Akiem Hicks made the 2019 Pro Bowl, the first defensive end from the Bears to do so since Julius Peppers in 2012.[27] Rodgers received the John Teerlinck Award as the best defensive line coach in the NFL; the 2018 Bears line helped the defense lead the league in categories like rushing yards allowed per game (80) and points allowed per game (17.7).[28]

During the 2019 offseason, Fangio left the Bears to become the head coach of the Denver Broncos and he was replaced by former Indianapolis head coach Chuck Pagano.[29][30] Robertson-Harris was also re-signed.[31]

Personal life

His brother Jeff is also an NFL coach; the two worked together on the Bears with Jeff as special teams coordinator until 2017.[32] Their father Randy Rodgers was a college coach and recruiting coordinator for the Texas Longhorns and Illinois Fighting Illini.[2]

References

  1. ^ "Jay Rodgers joins Chicago Bears' staff". ESPN. January 26, 2015. Retrieved March 18, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Mayer, Larry (July 26, 2015). "Coaches Corner with Jay Rodgers". Chicago Bears. Retrieved September 27, 2019.
  3. ^ Klis, Mike (May 14, 2012). "Broncos' Wayne Nunnely, longtime assistant coach, retires from NFL". The Denver Post.
  4. ^ Krier, Chris (December 3, 2012). "Mile High Monday: Broncos Beat the Buccaneers and Win the AFC West". Predominately Orange.
  5. ^ Caldwell, Gray; Zaas, Stuart (January 12, 2013). "Double-OT Heartbreaker Ends Denver's Season". Denver Broncos. Archived from the original on January 16, 2013. Retrieved August 12, 2019.
  6. ^ "Luck steps in for Brady on AFC Pro Bowl squad". ESPN.com. January 21, 2013.
  7. ^ Klis, Mike (April 25, 2013). "DT Sylvester Williams is Denver Broncos' pick at No. 28 of 2013 NFL draft". The Denver Post.
  8. ^ Niesen, Joan (December 27, 2013). "Broncos' AFC West three-peat powered by John Fox's trot". The Denver Post.
  9. ^ Klis, Mike (February 2, 2014). "Broncos, Peyton Manning struggle in Super Bowl blowout by Seahawks". The Denver Post.
  10. ^ Klis, Mike (March 12, 2014). "DeMarcus Ware signs with Broncos as John Elway quick-fixes Denver defense". The Denver Post.
  11. ^ Klis, Mike (December 14, 2014). "Broncos sack Chargers to win fourth consecutive AFC West title". The Denver Post.
  12. ^ "Andrew Luck leads Colts to upset of Peyton Manning, Broncos". ESPN. January 11, 2015.
  13. ^ Giudice, Lauren (December 23, 2014). "Nine Broncos named to Pro Bowl". Denver Broncos. Archived from the original on December 24, 2014. Retrieved August 12, 2019.
  14. ^ Breech, John (January 12, 2015). "John Fox out as Denver Broncos coach: Three things to know". CBSSports.com.
  15. ^ "Jay Rodgers". www.chicagobears.com.
  16. ^ Wiederer, Dan (January 19, 2016). "Bears' Eddie Goldman, Adrian Amos make all-rookie team". chicagotribune.com.
  17. ^ Mayer, Larry (April 29, 2016). "Bears draft Bullard in third round". ChicagoBears.com.
  18. ^ Mayer, Larry (May 9, 2016). "Bears sign seven draft picks, 10 others". ChicagoBears.com. Archived from the original on December 16, 2017.
  19. ^ Tarsitano, Rick (March 12, 2016). "Bears bring back defensive lineman Mitch Unrein on 2-year deal". WGN TV.
  20. ^ Patra, Kevin (March 14, 2016). "Bears add DE Akiem Hicks on a 2-year contract". NFL.com.
  21. ^ Finley, Patrick (March 16, 2016). "Ex-Bears DE Jarvis Jenkins finalizes contract with Jets". Chicago Sun-Times.
  22. ^ Patra, Kevin (January 1, 2018). "Chicago Bears fire coach John Fox after 5-11 season". National Football League.
  23. ^ Patra, Kevin (January 1, 2018). "Chicago Bears fire coach John Fox after 5-11 season". National Football League. Archived from the original on January 1, 2018.
  24. ^ Potash, Mark (January 13, 2018). "Return of DC Vic Fangio another big win for new Bears coach Matt Nagy". Chicago Sun-Times.
  25. ^ Kane, Colleen; Campbell, Rich (April 28, 2018). "Bears draft ILB Joel Iyiegbuniwe, DL Bilal Nichols, OLB Kylie Fitts, WR Javon Wims". Chicago Tribune.
  26. ^ Perez, Bryan (December 9, 2018). "Bears defense leads team to 1st winning season in 6 years". USA Today. Bears Wire.
  27. ^ Eurich, Matt (December 18, 2018). "Seven Chicago Bears named alternates to 2019 Pro Bowl". 247Sports.com.
  28. ^ Mayer, Larry (March 7, 2019). "Rodgers named NFL d-line coach of year". Chicago Bears.
  29. ^ DiLalla, Aric (January 10, 2019). "Broncos agree to terms with Vic Fangio to become head coach". DenverBroncos.com.
  30. ^ Mayer, Larry (January 11, 2019). "Bears hire Pagano as defensive coordinator". Chicago Bears.
  31. ^ Barbieri, Alyssa (April 15, 2019). "Bears re-sign Roy Robertson-Harris and Isaiah Irving". USA Today. Bears Wire.
  32. ^ Patrick Finley (December 24, 2015). "Bro bro bro: Rodgers coaches team up on Bears staff". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved March 18, 2018.