Otis Smith
Personal information
Born: (1965-10-22) October 22, 1965 (age 56)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:198 lb (90 kg)
Career information
High school:Metairie (LA) East Jefferson
Career history
As a player:
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Otis Smith III (born October 22, 1965) is an American football coach and former cornerback, and currently defensive coordinator of the Zürich Helvetic Guards.

Early years

Smith attended East Jefferson High School in the late 1980s.

Professional career

Originally signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as a rookie free agent in 1990. He spent five seasons with the team before joining the New York Jets in 1995. He signed with the New England Patriots in 1996, starting nine games, including the playoffs and Super Bowl XXXI loss to the Green Bay Packers. During his first stint with the Patriots, Smith was perhaps best remembered by Patriots fans for recovering a fumble in the 1996 AFC Title Game against the Jaguars. Smith returned it 47 yards for a touchdown, which made the score 20–6 and effectively put the game away, pushing the Patriots to their second ever Super Bowl appearance.

He rejoined the Jets in 1997 and was re-signed by New England just before the 2000 season. Smith was a contributor to the Patriots winning the Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002, when his interception set up a key field goal against the St. Louis Rams.

He retired as a member of the New England Patriots on May 18, 2005.

The last team he played for was the Detroit Lions in the 2003 season.

Coaching career

Smith agreed to join Andy Reid's staff in Philadelphia in January 2008 as an assistant secondary coach for the Eagles. It is similar to a position he held in New England as a member of the Patriots organization as part of the NFL's minority coaching fellowship program.[1]

On June 17, 2009, an Eagles spokesperson confirmed that Smith would not be returning as an Eagles assistant for the 2009 season.[2]

On February 1, 2010 the Kansas City Chiefs announced that Smith would join their staff as defensive quality control coach.[3]

On June 12, 2019, Smith was named DB coach for the Los Angeles Wildcats.[4]

On September 2, 2022, Smith became the defensive coordinator for European League of Football team Zürich Helvetic Guards.<ref>"HELVETIC GUARDS: OTIS SMITH WIRD DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR". Endzone CH. September 2, 2022. Retrieved September 4, 2022.


  1. ^ "Former Pats DB Smith continues to climb coaching ladder". WEEI. 1 February 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  2. ^ Bowen, Les (June 17, 2009). "Birds' Coaching Shuffle". Philly.com.
  3. ^ "Chiefs hire Emmitt Thomas as coach". ESPN. 1 February 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Former Patriots CB Otis Smith Added XFL Los Angeles Staff". XFL News Hub. June 12, 2019. Retrieved October 15, 2019.