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Amos Jones
Special Teams Coordinator
College:
Alabama
Hometown:
Aliceville, AL
Experience:
11

Biography

NoteCARDS:

  • Hired as special teams coordinator on 2/5/13 after spending six seasons in Pittsburgh; Jones spent his first five seasons with the Steelers as assistant special teams coach and was promoted to Pittsburgh’s special teams coach in 2012.
  • During his career in Arizona, helped Justin Bethel earn three consecutive selections (2013-15) to the Pro Bowl as a special teams player.
  • Undrafted rookie kicker Chandler Catanzaro tied the NFL record for most consecutive made FGs to begin a career (17) and established a new franchise rookie record with 114 points in 2014. In 2015, he finished third in the NFL with 137 points, the second-highest single-season total in franchise history (140, Neil Rackers).  
  • Coached at Temple under then head coach Bruce Arians from 1983-88. He coached tight ends (1983-85) and the defensive line (1986-88) while also coordinating the Owls special teams under Arians.
  • Played running back and safety at Alabama under legendary head coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. Jones started his coaching career as a graduate assistant (1981-82) at Alabama in Bryant’s final two years as the head coach. 

NoteCARDS:

  • Hired as special teams coordinator on 2/5/13 after spending six seasons in Pittsburgh; Jones spent his first five seasons with the Steelers as assistant special teams coach and was promoted to Pittsburgh’s special teams coach in 2012.
  • During his career in Arizona, helped Justin Bethel earn three consecutive selections (2013-15) to the Pro Bowl as a special teams player.
  • Undrafted rookie kicker Chandler Catanzaro tied the NFL record for most consecutive made FGs to begin a career (17) and established a new franchise rookie record with 114 points in 2014. In 2015, he finished third in the NFL with 137 points, the second-highest single-season total in franchise history (140, Neil Rackers).  
  • Coached at Temple under then head coach Bruce Arians from 1983-88. He coached tight ends (1983-85) and the defensive line (1986-88) while also coordinating the Owls special teams under Arians.
  • Played running back and safety at Alabama under legendary head coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. Jones started his coaching career as a graduate assistant (1981-82) at Alabama in Bryant’s final two years as the head coach.

Amos Jones begins his fifth season as special teams coordinator with the Cardinals after joining the team on 2/5/13. He is beginning his 11th NFL season after working 21 seasons as a college coach. During his time with the Cardinals, Jones helped Justin Bethel earn three consecutive Pro Bowl selections (2013-15) as a special teams player after he led the team in special teams tackles each season. Bethel has also blocked three field goals and was named Special Teams Player of the Week and Special Teams Player of the Month (December) in 2014.

K Chandler Catanzaro tied the NFL record for the most consecutive field goals to begin a career (17) and established a new franchise rookie record with 114 points in 2014. Last season, he connected on field goals of 60 and 56 yards, the second and third longest field goals in team history, while also kicking his fourth career game winning field goal in Arizona’s win at Seattle. In 2015, Catanzaro finished third in the NFL with 137 points, the second-highest single-season total in franchise history (140, Neil Rackers). He was named Special Teams Player of the Week following Week 14 in 2015, his third career selection, which is tied for the most “Special Teams Player of the Week” honors by a kicker in team history (Chris Jacke, Bill Gramatica). Catanzaro also had his first two game-winning kicks in his career in 2015, a 32-yarder in Week 11 to beat Cincinnati and a season-long 47-yarder in Week 14 in a victory over Minnesota.  

In 2013, P Dave Zastudil tied for the NFL lead with 35 punts inside the 20-yard line and his 45.7-yard punting average ranked as the third-best single-season total in franchise history. P Drew Butler tied for the NFL lead with 34 punts inside the 20-yard line (Donnie Jones) in 2014 and the Cardinals kickoff coverage unit finished fourth in the league with an average opponent drive starting at the 20.6-yard line.

Jones came to Arizona in 2013 after working in Pittsburgh for six seasons, the first five as assistant special teams coach and then as special teams coach in 2012. In 2012, K Shaun Suisham was 28 of 31 on field goals and KR Chris Rainey had 1,035 kickoff return yards, the third-most in a season in team history.

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 TD on a punt return for 60 yards and registered an 89-yard kick return for a TD as well. Dating back to 1941, he became one of just three Steelers players with at least one punt return for a TD and one kick return for a TD in a season. Brown finished the 2011 season with a 27.3-yard average on kickoff returns and earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl as a returner.

In 2009, the Steelers were the NFL’s top kickoff return team with a franchise record 1,581 return yards. Stefan Logan had a team record 1,466 kickoff return yards (1,306 yards-Ernie Mills, 1995). The Steelers also had the NFL’s top kick coverage unit during the 2008 season.

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 as tight ends and special teams coach. Prior to James Madison, he coached running backs and special teams for four years (1999-2002) at the University of Cincinnati. At Cincinnati, he helped All-American Jonathan Ruffin earn the Lou Groza Award as the nation’s top kicker in 2000. During that same span, punter Adam Wulfeck earned All-Conference USA honors, and Jones coached a pair of 1,000-yard rushers. He helped the Bearcats reach three bowl games (2000-01 Motor City Bowl, 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, Alabama had the nation’s top-rated percentage kicker (Philip Doyle).

Between his two assignments at Alabama, Jones worked 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 bachelor’s 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.

Amos Jones Coaching Breakdown

Year                 School/Team                            Position

1981–82            University of Alabama               Graduate Assistant

1983–88            Temple                                     Special Teams/Defensive Line/Tight Ends

1989                 Shades Valley H.S.                   Head Coach

1990–91            University of Alabama               Special Teams

1992                 University of Pittsburgh             Kicking Game Coordinator

1993–94            Eau Gallie H.S.                          Assistant Coach

1995–96            Tulane                                       Linebackers

1997                 British Columbia (CFL)               Assistant Coach

1998                 East St. John H.S.                    Head Coach

1999–2002        University of Cincinnati              Special Teams/Running Backs

2003                 James Madison                         Special Teams/Tight Ends

2004–06            Mississippi State                       Outside Linebackers/Special Teams/Linebackers

2007–12            Pittsburgh Steelers                    Assistant Special Teams/Special Teams

2013               ARIZONA CARDINALS              Special Teams Coordinator


Photos

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    2014: Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray looks for room to run while Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson chases him
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    2014: S Rashad Johnson tackles Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray
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    1994: Cowboys DL Russell Maryland pressures Cardinals QB Steve Beuerlein
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    2011: Cardinals RB LaRod Stephens-Howling rushes for the game-winning touchdown
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    2010: Cardinals CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie intercepts a pass intended for Miles Austin

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