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Louie Cioffi
Defensive Backs Coach
Age:
42
College:
SUNY-Stony Brook
Hometown:
Queens, NY
Experience:
17

Biography

Sigismondo “Louie” Cioffi (CHO-fee) enters his 18th season as an NFL assistant and second with the Cardinals after being hired to coach defensive backs on 2/14/11. Cioffi joined the Cardinals last year after spending the previous 14 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, including the last eight as an assistant defensive backs coach.

Sigismondo “Louie” Cioffi (CHO-fee) enters his 18th season as an NFL assistant and second with the Cardinals after being hired to coach defensive backs on 2/14/11. Cioffi joined the Cardinals last year after spending the previous 14 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, including the last eight as an assistant defensive backs coach.

In his first season with the Cardinals, Cioffi helped guide strong safety Adrian Wilson to his fifth Pro Bowl selection and fourth in a row after he played the entire season with a torn biceps muscle. Cioffi also helped develop first-round pick Patrick Peterson into the team’s top cornerback as a rookie.

Cioffi spent his final eight seasons in Cincinnati working mostly with the Bengals safeties, including the 2009 season when Cincinnati’s defense ranked fourth in the NFL in fewest yards allowed (301.4 per game), sixth in fewest passing yards allowed (203.1) and sixth in fewest average points allowed (18.2). The pass defense ranking was Cincinnati’s highest since 1993.

During Cioffi’s tenure with the defensive backs in Cincinnati (2003-10), the Bengals collected 150 interceptions, the fifth-highest total in the NFL during that span (Baltimore, Green Bay, New England, Chicago), and 125 of them were by defensive backs.

Cioffi spent his first six seasons with the Bengals as a defensive assistant after joining the staff in 1997 when he was hired by head coach Bruce Coslet. Coaching at the age of 23, Cioffi was the youngest full-time assistant coach in the NFL at that time. From 1997-2001 in Cincinnati, Cioffi worked alongside current Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton and Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau.

While in Cincinnati, Cioffi became very proficient in computer work, and in addition to his on-field duties with players, he handled much of the preparation work for the entire defense on the team’s upcoming opponent.

He began his coaching career in 1993 as a staff assistant with the New York Jets as a 20-year old under Coslet, with duties that included assembling playbooks and running video printers on game days. Following two seasons (1993-94) with the Jets, Cioffi coached wide receivers for two seasons (1995-96) at C.W. Post University in Brookville, NY. The 1996 team won the ECAC Division II Championship.  

Cioffi was born in Queens, N.Y. and attended college at SUNY-Stony Brook. Cioffi and his wife, Cindy, have two daughters, Cecilia Elle and Corrine, and a son, Sigismondo Connor.

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    #CardsCamp Biggest Surprise: WR Chris Hubert. The undrafted free agent out of Fayetteville State had little buzz entering training camp, but quickly established himself by regularly getting open and making catches. He shot up the depth chart, and while it would still be a surprise for him to make the team, Hubert has turned heads. Even a practice squad spot would be a solid accomplishment for the diminutive rookie.
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    #CardsCamp Best Rookie: CB Brandon Williams. The third round pick has taken the field with the starters throughout camp. While there have been some growing pains, the Cardinals are excited about his progress. Williams is a converted running back who has played corner for only a year, but he's catching on quickly and should make an impact quicker than originally expected.
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    #CardsCamp Most Improved: TE Troy Niklas. The former second-round pick was close to bust status after struggling with injuries in his first two seasons, but a healthy training camp has allowed him to make significant strides. Niklas is in the mix for a starting role as he begins to deliver on the vast potential he showed coming out of Notre Dame.
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    #CardsCamp MVP: WR Jaron Brown. The Cardinals have a deep group at wideout, and playing time during the regular season for Brown could be sporadic, but he took advantage of regular work in camp. Brown lined up a lot with the first team because of injuries and seemed to come away with one or two big-time catches in every practice. Brown is a fantastic safety valve to have if he's needed regularly during the season.

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