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Jacob Burney
Defensive Line Coach

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Jacob Burney, a 22-year veteran of the NFL coaching ranks, is in his second season as Bengals defensive line coach. In 2016, he helped guide two of his players, DT Geno Atkins and DE Carlos Dunlap, to the Pro Bowl.

Jacob Burney, a 22-year veteran of the NFL coaching ranks, is in his second season as Bengals defensive line coach. In 2016, he helped guide two of his players, DT Geno Atkins and DE Carlos Dunlap, to the Pro Bowl.

      Atkins led all NFL interior linemen in sacks (nine) and was also named first-team All-Pro by The Sporting News. He was named Defensive MVP of the AFC North Division in a vote of ESPN.com division beat writers. He led the Bengals in sacks, tackles for losses (13) and QB hits (26). He started for the AFC in the Pro Bowl.

      Dunlap also started in the Pro Bowl. He was second on the team in sacks (eight) and had a remarkable 15 passes defensed. He was the first defensive lineman to lead the Bengals in PDs, and his total was nearly twice that of the closest NFL defensive lineman in 2016 (Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul, with eight). Dunlap also had three forced fumbles.

      The line helped lead the 2016 defense to a No. 8 NFL ranking in fewest points allowed per game (19.7).

      Prior to his hire by Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, Burney coached NFL defensive lines under Bill Belichick (Cleveland Browns), Ted Marchibroda (Baltimore Ravens), George Seifert (Carolina Panthers) and Mike Shanahan (Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins).

      “Jacob is a great taskmaster with tremendous experience,” said Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. “I’m excited about what he’ll be able to continue to do to develop the talent we have up front.”

      Burney’s last NFL assignment before Cincinnati was from 2010-14 with Washington. His 2014 line helped the Redskins rank 12th in the NFL in fewest rushing yards allowed as the defense posted 36 sacks. His 2013 unit helped the Redskins rank fourth in the NFL in third-down conversion percentage (34.0) and tied for second in negative rushing plays by opponents (72).

      Over Burney’s seven seasons in Denver, the Broncos three times ranked in the NFL’s top five in rush defense. Over his full Denver tenure, the Broncos ranked 10th in fewest total defensive yards allowed.

      In Denver in 2006, Burney was the first pro position coach for DE Elvis Dumervil. The fourth-round draft choice has gone on to make four Pro Bowls in a career with the Broncos and Baltimore Ravens, and he has earned All-Pro honors twice. Dumervil had 12.5 sacks in 2007, his first season as a starter under Burney.

      In 2005, Burney’s Denver line led the way for an average rushing yield of just 82.5 yards per game, ranked second in the NFL, and the Broncos posted a 13-3 record.

      In 1998 with the Ravens, Burney was position coach for DE Michael McCrary, who earned Sporting News All-Pro honors and a starter’s berth in the Pro Bowl.

      Burney coached 11 seasons in college before entering the NFL, starting in 1983 at New Mexico. He went on to coach at Tulsa, Mississippi State, Wisconsin, UCLA and Tennessee.

      Burney is from Chattanooga, Tenn., and he was a three-time All-Southern Conference selection at Tennessee-Chattanooga. He and his wife, Madrinna, have two sons, Jacob and Benjamin. Jacob was a four-year football letterman at Bucknell, and Benjamin was an honorable mention All-Big 12 cornerback as a senior at Colorado in 2009.

 

     Playing and coaching history: 1978-80—Played DL at Tennessee-Chattanooga. 1983-86—Assistant coach (AC), New Mexico. 1987—AC, Tulsa. 1988—AC, Mississippi State. 1989—AC, Wisconsin. 1990-92—AC, UCLA. 1993—AC, Tennessee. 1994-95—AC, Cleveland Browns. 1996-98—AC, Baltimore Ravens. 1999-2001—AC, Carolina Panthers. 2002-08—AC, Denver Broncos. 2010-14—AC, Washington Redskins. 2016-present—AC, Bengals.


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