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Darryl Drake
Wide Receivers

Biography

Darryl Drake enters his first season with the Cardinals and 10th year as an NFL assistant after being named wide receivers coach on 2/5/13. He comes to Arizona after coaching wide receivers the past nine seasons with the Chicago Bears.

Darryl Drake enters his first season with the Cardinals and 10th year as an NFL assistant after being named wide receivers coach on 2/5/13. He comes to Arizona after coaching wide receivers the past nine seasons with the Chicago Bears.

While with the Bears in 2012, Drake tutored Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who set Chicago franchise records with 118 catches for 1,508 yards to go along with 11 TDs. Marshall finished second in the NFL in both receptions and receiving yards behind Detroit’s Calvin Johnson.

Throughout his tenure in Chicago, Drake helped develop young talent at the wide receiver position, including Johnny Knox, Earl Bennett and Devin Hester.

In 2011, Knox finished second in the NFL in receiving average (19.6 yards per catch) a year after finishing fifth in the NFL at 18.8 yards per reception. In 2009, Knox’s 45 receptions were tied for the most ever by a Bears rookie wide receiver, tied for third all-time by a Chicago rookie and seventh among NFL rookies. His 527 receiving yards that season were fifth most by a rookie in franchise history and ninth among league rookies.

In 2009, the Bears were tied for the fewest dropped passes in the NFL with just 20. During Chicago’s Super Bowl run in 2006, the Bears were the NFL leaders by hauling in 95.9% (282 of 294) of the catchable balls thrown their way. The 12 drops by Chicago’s receivers during the season equaled Buffalo for fewest in the league that season.

Prior to joining the Bears in 2004, Drake coached for 21 seasons at the collegiate level. He came to Chicago after six seasons (1998-2003) as the wide receivers coach at the University of Texas, also adding the title of associate head coach on Mack Brown’s Longhorns staff prior to the 2003 season.

At Texas, Drake guided three different Longhorn wide receivers to first-team all-Big 12 honors and directed three of the most productive receiving duos in Texas history. While coaching the first three 1,000-yard receivers in the school history, the Longhorns averaged nearly 10 wins a season. Drake mentored first-round draft pick Roy Williams, who finished his UT career as the leading receiver in school history with 251 receptions for 4,017 yards (16.0 yards per reception) and 37 touchdowns. He also coached Wayne McGarity, a fourth-round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys in 1999.

Prior to working at Texas, Drake spent one season (1997) as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Baylor after five seasons coaching wide receivers at Georgia (1992-96). During his time with the Bulldogs, Drake tutored some of the top receivers in the SEC, including NFL Pro Bowler Hines Ward, Andre Hastings, and Brice Hunter.

Drake began his coaching career at his alma mater, Western Kentucky, as a graduate assistant (1983-84) and spent nine seasons with the Hilltoppers, working with the wide receivers for four seasons (1985-88), the secondary for two years (1989-90) and serving as the passing game coordinator/quarterbacks coach in 1991.

He starred as a wide receiver for WKU in 1975 and during the 1977-78 seasons. He helped the Hilltoppers to an 8-2 record and the Ohio Valley Conference Championship as a senior and was a member of their 11-2 OVC Championship squad that played in the NCAA Division II Championship game in 1975.

Following his collegiate career, Drake spent time in training camp with the Washington Redskins (1979) and Cincinnati Bengals (1983) in addition to playing one season with the Ottawa Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (1981). The Louisville, KY, native earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Management in 1980 and a master’s in Counseling in 1984 from Western Kentucky.

Drake was an All-State performer in football and an All-American in both track and field and basketball at Flaget (Louisville, KY) High School. He and his wife, Sheila, have three daughters, Shanice, Felisha, and Marian.

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