Patrick Graham
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Patrick Graham in 2016
Las Vegas Raiders
Position:Defensive coordinator
Personal information
Born: (1979-01-24) January 24, 1979 (age 43)
Des Plaines, Illinois
Career information
Career history
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards
Coaching stats at PFR

Patrick Graham (born January 24, 1979) is an American football coach and former player who is the defensive coordinator for the Las Vegas Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). He previously served as defensive coordinator for the New York Giants and Miami Dolphins as well as an inside linebackers coach for the Green Bay Packers and an assistant coach for the New England Patriots.

College career

Graham played college football as a defensive lineman at Yale University, graduating with a bachelor's degree in sociology in 2002.

Coaching career


Following his college football career, Graham worked as a graduate assistant at Wagner College while also studying for his MBA. After two seasons at Wagner, Graham moved to the University of Richmond, where he was the defensive line coach in 2004 and then a tight ends coach in 2005 and 2006. In 2007, he was a defensive graduate assistant under head coach Charlie Weis at the University of Notre Dame.[1] Following the 2008 season, Graham accepted the position as the team's defensive line coach at the University of Toledo. He resigned after one month.[2]

New England Patriots

In February 2009 Graham joined the New England Patriots as a defensive coaching assistant,[3] where Weis had formerly been an assistant coach under head coach Bill Belichick. In 2010, Graham's title was changed to defensive assistant coach. He was promoted to linebackers coach in 2011. In 2012, he moved to defensive line coach, and moved back to linebackers in 2014.

New York Giants

In 2016, Graham was hired by the New York Giants as the team's defensive line coach.

Green Bay Packers

In 2018, Graham was hired by the Green Bay Packers to be their run game coordinator.[4]

Miami Dolphins

On February 8, 2019, the Miami Dolphins announced Graham as their defensive coordinator.[5] reuniting with former Patriots coach Brian Flores.

New York Giants (second stint)

On January 17, 2020, Graham returned to the New York Giants and was hired as their assistant head coach and defensive coordinator under head coach Joe Judge whom he had worked with in the Patriots organization from 2012 to 2018.[6]

Las Vegas Raiders

After originally being announced as being retained by Brian Daboll, on February 4, 2022, Graham was hired by the Las Vegas Raiders as defensive coordinator under new head coach Josh McDaniels. Graham previously worked alongside McDaniels on the New England Patriots from 2012 to 2015.[7]

Personal life

Graham is married to Pamela Best,[8] and they have two children, Morgan and Silas.[9]


  1. ^ "Rockets Add Jason Candle and Patrick Graham to Football Staff". University of Toledo. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  2. ^ "Football Assistant Patrick Graham Resigns to Accept Position with New England Patriots".
  3. ^ "D-line coach Patrick Graham has been up to the challenge - The Boston Globe". Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  4. ^ "Green Bay Packers reportedly hire former New York Giants defensive line coach Patrick Graham". Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  5. ^ Nogle, Kevin (February 8, 2019). "Dolphins announce Brian Flores coaching staff". The Phinsider. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  6. ^ Eisen, Michael (February 17, 2020). "Joe Judge names Jason Garrett, Patrick Graham, Thomas McGaughey as coordinators". Retrieved January 17, 2020.
  7. ^ Gordon, Grant (February 4, 2022). "Raiders hiring Patrick Graham as defensive coordinator". National Football League. Retrieved February 4, 2022.
  8. ^ Bishop, Greg. "Patrick Graham Is Creating a Defensive Masterpiece". ABG-SI LLC. Retrieved November 29, 2021.
  9. ^ "Patrick Graham". New York Giants. Retrieved November 29, 2021.