Amos Jones begins his first season as special teams coordinator with the Cardinals after being hired on 2/5/13. He comes to Arizona after working with Pittsburgh for the past six seasons, including in 2012 when he was promoted to Steelers special teams coach just prior to the beginning of the season.
After joining the Steelers in 2007, Jones served as the assistant special teams coach during his first five seasons in Pittsburgh. On 8/23/12, Jones was promoted to Steelers specials teams coach. Last season, the Steelers featured kicker Shaun Suisham who was 28 of 31 on field goals, and kick returner Chris Rainey who had 1,035 kickoff return yards, the third most in a single season in team history.
While with the Steelers, Jones was instrumental in the development of Antonio Brown, who in 2011 set a franchise record with 2,048 all-purpose yards, with 1,062 of those yards coming on returns. Brown returned his first career touchdown on a punt return for 60 yards and registered an 89-yard kick return for a touchdown as well. Dating back to 1941, he became one of just three Steelers players with at least one punt return for a touchdown and one kick return of a touchdown. Brown finished the 2011 season with a 27.3 yard average on kickoff returns and earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl.
In 2009, the Steelers were the NFL’s top kickoff return team, with a franchise record 1,581 return yards. Jones also coached the Steelers to the NFL’s top kick coverage unit during the 2008 season. The units were led by Anthony Madison, who led the team with 25 special teams tackles, and Patrick Bailey, who was named the Steelers’ Rookie of the Year for his outstanding work on special teams.
Prior to joining the Steelers, Jones spent three years at Mississippi State as special teams/linebackers coach (2004-05) and outside linebackers coach (2006). Under Jones guidance, three linebackers earned freshman All-SEC recognition and two punters earned all-conference honors.
Jones spent the 2003 season at James Madison University where he served as the Dukes tight ends and special teams coach. Prior to James Madison, Jones coached running backs and special teams for four years (1999-2002) at the University of Cincinnati. While at Cincinnati, he helped All-American placekicker Jonathan Ruffin earn the Lou Groza Award as the nation’s top kicker in 2000. During that same span, his punter, Adam Wulfeck earned All-Conference USA honors, and he coached a pair of 1,000-yard rushers. Jones helped the Bearcats reach three bowl games (2000-01 Motor City Bowls, 2002 New Orleans Bowl) during his tenure at Cincinnati.
A veteran assistant coach at the high school, collegiate and professional level, Jones worked one season as an assistant coach with British Columbia of the Canadian Football League (1997), helping guide them to a Western Division playoff berth. He also coached linebackers at Tulane University for two seasons (1995-96) after spending the 1992 season at the University of Pittsburgh as kicking game coordinator.
A former player at Alabama (1978-80), Jones played safety and running back under legendary head coach Paul “Bear” Bryant with the Crimson Tide. He got his start in coaching under Bryant at Alabama as a graduate assistant from 1981-82. He then made the second of his two coaching stints with the Crimson Tide as special teams coach in 1990-91 under head coach Gene Stallings. In 1990 under his guidance, Alabama had the nation’s top-rated percentage placekicker (Philip Doyle).
Between his two assignments at Alabama, Jones served under head coach Bruce Arians at Temple University (1983-88). He coached tight ends (1983-85) and the defensive line (1986-88) at Temple, while also coordinating the Owls’ special teams.
A graduate of Alabama with a degree in Physical Education and a minor in History, Jones was a member of the 1978 and ‘79 Tide teams that went 23-1 and earned back-to-back SEC titles, National Championships and Sugar Bowl crowns. Jones later earned his Master’s degree in Secondary Education from Alabama.
Jones and his wife Stacey, have four children, daughter Samantha and sons Joshua, Nathan and Jeremy.