Coaches & Assistants

Derius Swinton II
Assistant Special Teams

Biography

Derius Swinton II rejoins the Bears, possessing eight years of NFL experience coaching special teams with the San Francisco 49ers (2016), Chicago Bears (2015), Denver Broncos (2013-14), Kansas City Chiefs (2012) and St. Louis Rams (2009-11). Swinton also spent two years coaching at the collegiate level at the University of Tennessee (2007-08).

Swinton spent 2016 with the 49ers as their special teams coordinator. Under his direction, San Francisco saw improvement from 2015 in...

Derius Swinton II rejoins the Bears, possessing eight years of NFL experience coaching special teams with the San Francisco 49ers (2016), Chicago Bears (2015), Denver Broncos (2013-14), Kansas City Chiefs (2012) and St. Louis Rams (2009-11). Swinton also spent two years coaching at the collegiate level at the University of Tennessee (2007-08).

Swinton spent 2016 with the 49ers as their special teams coordinator. Under his direction, San Francisco saw improvement from 2015 in yards per kickoff return allowed (25.7 to 19.8) and punt return average (7.5 to 9.4). In 2016, the 49ers ranked fifth and 10th in those two categories, respectively.

In 2015, Swinton worked with the Bears as the assistant special teams coach. Punter Patrick O'Donnell saw improvement in a number of statistical categories under Swinton's guidance, including gross average (44.2), net average (39.7) and punts inside the 20-yard line (28). Kicker Robbie Gould made a career-high 33 field goals which ranked tied for second in the NFL. Gould led the NFL with seven made field goals from 50-or-more yards, which was also a career high.

Swinton spent two seasons (2013-14) as the Broncos assistant special teams coach. During his time in Denver, the Broncos were ninth in the NFL in field goal percentage (89.1, 49-of-55). In 2013, K Matt Prater was named to the Pro Bowl after setting franchise records in field goal percentage (96.2 percent, 25-of-26) and points scored (150). Prater's 64-yard field goal on December 8, 2013, is the longest in NFL history. In 2014, Connor Barth's 93.8 field goal percentage (15-of-16) was second-highest in franchise single-season history. Broncos returner Trindon Holliday was one of only two players in the NFL to have both a punt and kickoff return touchdown since the start of the 2013 season.

Swinton came to the Broncos after serving as a special teams quality control coach for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012. During that season, Chiefs P Dustin Colquitt was named to his first Pro Bowl after ranking second in the NFL in punts inside-the-20 (45). Kansas City's special teams units also accounted for three forced fumbles, one blocked punt and one touchdown during the 2012 campaign.

Prior to his time in Kanas City, Swinton spent three seasons (2009-11) in St. Louis as the Rams quality control - special teams coach. The Rams were third in the NFL in net punting average (39.3 yards per punt) and combined kick return yards (5,802), fourth in punt return average (11.0 yards per return) and fifth in punts downed inside-the-20 (95) during his tenure in St. Louis.

Swinton made his coaching debut as a defensive graduate assistant at the University of Tennessee in 2007, a title he held for two years. In 2008, the Volunteers ranked third in the nation in total defense (263.5 ypg).

The Newport News, Va., native played safety and basketball at Hampton University from 2003-06.

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