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Jeff Rodgers

Assistant Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator

College: North Texas

Hometown: Austin, TX

Experience: 17 years

Biography

  • Hired as Cardinals special teams coordinator in 2018 after working in the same capacity for three seasons (2015-17) with the Chicago Bears. Added the title of assistant head coach in 2019.
  • Has 20 years of coaching experience, including 17 seasons coaching special teams in the NFL with Arizona (2018-20), Chicago (2015-17), Denver (2011-14), Carolina (2009-10) and San Francisco (2003-07).
  • Last season, LB Zeke Turner blocked two punts, hauled in his first career reception on a fake punt and tied for the team lead with 15 special teams tackles.
  • In 2019, K Zane Gonzalez ranked 4th in the NFL in both total points (127) and made FGs (31) while P Andy Lee ranked 2nd in the NFL with a 47.8-yard punting average and LB Dennis Gardeck was selected as a Pro Bowl alternate.
  • The Cardinals ranked 5th in the NFL in special teams in 2018 after the team finished 30th in 2017. Lee led the NFL and set a franchise single-season record with a 48.6-yard punting average and rookie Turner led the NFL with 13 solo special teams tackles in 2018.
  • Denver returned six kicks for TDs during Rodgers tenure in Denver (2011-14), tied for the second most in the NFL in that span. In 2012, Trindon Holliday became the first player in NFL history to record multiple return TDs in a playoff game when he scored on a 90-yard punt return and a 104-yard kickoff return in a 38-35 double-overtime loss to the Ravens.
  • Broncos K Matt Prater, now reunited with Rodgers after signing with Arizona in the offseason, was named to the Pro Bowl in 2013 after setting franchise records in field goal percentage (96.2%; 25-of-26) and points scored (150). Prater's 64-yard field goal in 2013 is the longest in NFL history. In 2014, K Connor Barth's 93.8 field-goal percentage (15-of-16) was the second-highest in team history.
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