Roy Anderson

Assistant Defensive Backs

College: Howard University


Roy Anderson enters his second season as the assistant secondary coach after being hired by the club on January 19, 2017. Anderson owns 10 years of NFL coaching experience between the Bears (2017), San Francisco 49ers (2016), Indianapolis Colts (2012-15) and Baltimore Ravens (2008-11). Prior to the NFL, Anderson spent time as a graduate assistant with LSU (2004), Florida State (2003) and Florida A&M (2002) and served as a player personnel assistant with the Ravens (2005-07).

Most recently in 2017, Anderson helped guide a secondary group that accounted for seven interceptions and 50 passes defensed. He played a key role in the development of newcomer Eddie Jackson, who started all 16 games at safety and ranked third on the defense in total tackles (70), tied for third in passes defensed (6) and accounted for a pair of defensive touchdowns. Additionally, veteran cornerback Kyle Fuller had a breakout season, ranking second in the NFL in passes defensed (22) and ninth in terms of total tackles among cornerbacks (68). Collectively, the secondary helped aid a Bears defense which allowed the fourth-fewest plays of 25+ yards in the NFL (22), tied-seventh in sacks (42) and finished tied-ninth in interception return yards (253).      

Prior to his arrival in Chicago, Anderson served as the 49ers assistant defensive backs coach. Safety Antoine Bethea led the team with 141 tackles and reached 100 tackles for the third time under Anderson's tutelage (2012, 2013 and 2016).

Before joining San Francisco, Anderson was a secondary for the Colts from 2012-15. Under his guidance, cornerback Vontae Davis posted four interceptions and safety Mike Adams tallied five interceptions in both 2014 and 2015 en route to back-to-back pro bowl nods. Adams also finished tied for first in the NFL with seven takeaways in 2014.

Anderson spent seven seasons with the Ravens (2005-11) as the club's defensive assistant/secondary coach (2010-11), coaching assistant (2008) and personnel assistant (2005-07). In 2011, the Ravens defense allowed 288.9 yards per game (3rd in the NFL). In 2009, he worked primarily with the defensive line as Baltimore ranked third in the NFL, allowing 300.5 yards per game.

Anderson played quarterback collegiately for Howard University (1997-2001) and was named to the all-MEAC Scholar-Athlete Team in 2001.