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Jeff Rodgers
Special Teams Coordinator

Biography

Jeff Rodgers is in his third year as the special teams coordinator of the Chicago Bears after being hired by the club on January 19, 2015.

He has 13 years of NFL experience coaching special teams and 16 seasons coaching experience overall.

In Rodgers' second campaign with the Bears, KR Deonte Thompson ranked 2nd in the NFL in kickoff return yards (804) and DB Sherrick McManis led the Bears in special teams tackles for the second consecutive season with 13. P Pat O'Donnell allowed 22 punt returns in 2016, tied for the 3rd fewest in...

Jeff Rodgers is in his third year as the special teams coordinator of the Chicago Bears after being hired by the club on January 19, 2015.

He has 13 years of NFL experience coaching special teams and 16 seasons coaching experience overall.

In Rodgers' second campaign with the Bears, KR Deonte Thompson ranked 2nd in the NFL in kickoff return yards (804) and DB Sherrick McManis led the Bears in special teams tackles for the second consecutive season with 13. P Pat O'Donnell allowed 22 punt returns in 2016, tied for the 3rd fewest in the NFL among punters who appeared in 16 games.

Before his time in Chicago, Rodgers spent four seasons as the special teams coordinator of the Denver Broncos (2011-14). During Rodgers' four seasons in Denver, the Broncos ranked 10th in the NFL in gross punting average (45.6 yards per punt) and 11th in net punting average (39.6 ypp). Denver's six total kick return touchdowns (four punt and two kickoff) were tied for second most in the NFL during Rodgers' time with the team with the Broncos 24.5 kickoff return average ranking ninth in the NFL since 2011.

Under Rodgers' tutelage, Broncos kicker Matt Prater was named to the Pro Bowl following the 2013 season 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.

In Rodgers' second season with the Broncos, Denver's special teams allowed the second-lowest punt return average (6.0 yards per return) and the seventh-lowest kickoff return average (22.1 ypr) in the NFL. During the Divisional Playoffs that season, Trindon Holliday became the first player in NFL history to record a punt return touchdown (90 yards) and kickoff return touchdown (104 yards) in a single playoff game.

In 2011, Denver was third in the NFL in punt return average (12.7 ypr), including two touchdowns. Under Rodgers' direction in 2011, Colquitt set single-season franchise records for gross (47.4) and net punting (40.2) averages. Denver was sixth in the NFL in gross punt average and eighth in net punting average as punter Britton Colquitt set a franchise record with a 47.4 gross average. Colquitt's 42.1 net punting average in 2012 and 40.2 average in 2011 are first and second in franchise single-season annals.

Prior to his time in Denver, Rodgers spent two seasons in Carolina under Bears head coach John Fox, first as the Panthers special teams assistant (2009) before being named special teams coordinator (2010). He came to Carolina after spending the 2008 season at Kansas State as the Wildcats special teams coordinator.

Rodgers got his NFL coaching experience in San Francisco working as the special teams quality control coach from 2003-04 before being named assistant special teams coach in 2005, a title he held for three seasons. During his five seasons working with San Francisco's special teams, long snapper Brian Jennings (2004) and punter Andy Lee (2007) were Pro Bowl selections. Lee set an NFL single-season record with 42 punts landed inside-the-20 in 2007 leading to a 41.0 net punting average, second best in the league that season.

He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at the University of Arizona, where he worked with the secondary (2001) and linebackers (2002).

Rodgers played linebacker at North Texas, where he earned a degree in business, specializing in entrepreneurship and strategic management. Rodgers was born in St. Paul, Minn., and attended Westlake High School in Austin, Texas.

He is the younger brother of Bears defensive line coach Jay Rodgers.

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  • Coaches Corner with Jeff Rodgers

    Posted Jul 23, 2015

    ChicagoBears.com introduces you to new Bears special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers, who has served in the same role the past five seasons under coach John Fox in Carolina and Denver.

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