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Jay Rodgers to coach defensive line

Posted Jan 25, 2015

The Bears on Sunday hired Jay Rodgers as their defensive line coach. Rodgers served in the same role with the Broncos under new Bears head coach John Fox.

The Bears on Sunday reached an agreement with Jay Rodgers to become their defensive line coach.

Jay Rodgers
Rodgers spent the last six seasons as an assistant with the Denver Broncos, including the last three as defensive line coach under new Bears coach John Fox.

Over the last three seasons the Broncos led the NFL in rushing defense (90.8 yards per game) and were fourth in the league with 134 sacks. Rodgers coached two Pro Bowlers in defensive ends Elvis Dumervil and DeMarcus Ware and had a lineman record at least 10 sacks all three years.

In 2014, the Broncos defense ranked second against the run (79.8 yards) and allowed the second fewest runs of 10 yards or more with 29. In Rodgers’ first year as Denver’s defensive line coach in 2012, the Broncos tied for the NFL lead with 52 sacks and ranked third against the run.

Rodgers served as a coaching assistant (2009-10) and defensive quality control coach (2011) with the Broncos before being promoted to defensive line coach.

Prior to joining the Broncos, Rodgers spent nine seasons coaching at the collegiate level. The Austin, Texas, native played quarterback at Indiana (1996-98) and Missouri State (1999) and is the older brother of new Bears special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers.