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Jacob Burney
Defensive Line
College:
Tennessee-Chattanooga
Hometown:
Chattanooga, TN, USA
Experience:
20

Jacob Burney enters his fifth season with the Washington Redskins in 2014 after being named the Redskins’ defensive line coach on January 21, 2010.

 In 2013, despite shuffling through defensive ends because of injuries and a suspension, Burney oversaw a group that helped the Redskins rank as the fourth-best in the NFL on third downs (34.0 percent). His unit was particularly disruptive in the run game, tying for second in the NFL in negative rushing plays forced (72).

Jacob Burney enters his fifth season with the Washington Redskins in 2014 after being named the Redskins’ defensive line coach on January 21, 2010.

 In 2013, despite shuffling through defensive ends because of injuries and a suspension, Burney oversaw a group that helped the Redskins rank as the fourth-best in the NFL on third downs (34.0 percent). His unit was particularly disruptive in the run game, tying for second in the NFL in negative rushing plays forced (72).

 In 2012, Burney’s line helped the defense hold opponents to 95.8 rushing yards per game, which ranked fifth in the NFL and was the 11th-best figure in team history. Nose tackle Barry Cofield had a team-best 35 quarterback pressures/hits as credited by the coaching staff. Cofield and defensive end Stephen Bowen were both voted as defensive captains at midseason, after which point the team concluded with a seven-game winning streak and its first NFC East title since 1999.

 In 2011, Burney’s defensive line surpassed their full-season sack output from 2010 (9.0) by Week 7, finishing with 18.0 sacks on the year. The line accounted for 44 percent of the team’s 41 sacks that season compared to 31 percent of the team’s 29 sacks from 2010. The defensive line helped make the Redskins’ pass rush one of the most multi-faceted threats in the NFL in 2011. With defensive ends Stephen Bowen (6.0) and Carriker’s (5.5) sack totals combined with linebackers Ryan Kerrigan (7.5) and Brian Orakpo (9.0), the Redskins were one of only three NFL teams to have four players with at least 5.5 sacks on the season.

 Burney’s unit helped the overall defense improve to the 13th-ranked defense in the league from 31st a year before. Carriker’s 5.5 sacks in 2011 surpassed his combined total of 3.5 sacks during his first four seasons in the NFL. Cofield, playing at nose tackle for the first time in his career, led all interior linemen with eight pass deflections, while helping free up linebacker London Fletcher to lead the league in tackles with a career-high 166.

 In 2010, Burney’s defensive line occupied offensive linemen to help free Orakpo and Fletcher to make plays en route to Pro Bowl appearances. His unit helped hold eventual Super Bowl champion Green Bay to 13 points in a Week 5 overtime win, Green Bay’s lowest output of the season.

 Prior to coming to Washington, Burney spent seven seasons in Denver (2002-08), following stints with Carolina (1999-2001) and Cleveland/Baltimore (1994-98).

 Over the course of Burney’s seven years in Denver, the Broncos allowed the 10th-fewest yards and 12th-fewest rushing yards in the NFL. They ranked in the top five in rush defense three times during that span.

 In 2007, Burney’s group recorded nine takeaways (seven fumble recoveries and two interceptions), which led the AFC and ranked second in the NFL among defensive lines. He was instrumental in the development of 2006 fourth-round draft pick Elvis Dumervil, who recorded 26 sacks over his first three seasons, including 12.5 in 2007, his first year as a starter. That total was sixth in the league and Dumervil’s four takeaways tied for the most among NFL defensive linemen.

 Burney coached defensive ends in 2006 when Denver was one of just three NFL clubs to have a trio of defensive ends register at least six sacks. In 2005, Denver finished 13-3 en route to an AFC West division title, thanks in large part to a run defense that surrendered just 85.2 yards per game, the second-best mark in the NFL. Twice that season the Broncos held opponents to less than 20 yards rushing in a game.

 Burney’s 2004 defensive line helped the Denver defense rank fourth overall and fourth against the run. Defensive end Reggie Hayward racked up a career-high 10.5 sacks, a figure that ranked third in the AFC that season. The year prior, in 2003, Denver also ranked fourth in the league in overall defense, while defensive end Bertrand Berry racked up a career-high 11.5 sacks and fellow defensive ends Hayward and Trevor Pryce had 8.5 apiece. Pryce was a Pro Bowl selection in 2002 in leading a defense that finished sixth overall in the league and fourth against the run.

 In Burney’s final two seasons in Carolina (2000-01), the Panthers registered 74 takeaways, which was the fourth-highest total in the league over that period. In 2001, defensive end Mike Rucker registered a career-high and team-leading nine sacks.

 Before joining Carolina, Burney spent five seasons with Cleveland/Baltimore as defensive line coach. In his first year with the Browns in 1994, he oversaw a defensive line that helped their defense surrender only 204 points (12.75 per game), nine rushing touchdowns and 3.6 yards per rush attempt. In his final season with the franchise, in Baltimore in 1998, Burney helped develop defensive end Michael McCrary into a Pro Bowl starter, while the defense ranked sixth in the league.

 Before entering the professional coaching ranks, Burney spent 11 years coaching on the college level, including stops at New Mexico (1983-86), Tulsa (1987), Mississippi State (1988), Wisconsin (1989), UCLA (1990-92) and Tennessee (1993). He coached the defensive line at each stop, except for Mississippi State where he tutored the inside linebackers.

 Burney was a three-time All-Southern Conference selection at Tennessee-Chattanooga, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1981. A native of Chattanooga, Burney was born Jan. 24, 1959. He and his wife, Madrinna Patton, have two sons: Jacob, who was a four-year letter winner at Bucknell (2002-05) and Benjamin, who was an honorable mention All-Big 12 cornerback as a senior at Colorado in 2009.

 

BURNEY FOOTBALL TIMELINE

1983-86:      Defensive Line, New Mexico
1987:           Defensive Line, Tulsa
1988:           Inside Linebackers, Mississippi State
1989:           Defensive Line, Wisconsin
1990-92:      Defensive Line, UCLA
1993:           Defensive Line, Tennessee
1994-98:      Defensive Line, Cleveland Browns/Baltimore Ravens
1999-2001:   Defensive Line, Carolina Panthers
2002-04: Defensive Line,  Denver Broncos
2005-06: Defensive Line/Ends, Denver Broncos
2007-08: Defensive Line, Denver Broncos
2010-Present : Defensive Line, Washington Redskins

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