Jacob Burney | Cincinnati Bengals

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Jacob Burney's Resume
Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Organization: Pro Football
Position: Defensive Line Coach
Hometown: Chattanooga, Tennessee


Jacob Burney, a 21-year veteran of the NFL coaching ranks, joins the Bengals for 2016 as defensive line coach. He has coached NFL defensive lines under well-known head coaches 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. “He started under Bill Belichick at Cleveland and has worked under some other great head coaches as well since he came into the league. I’m excited about what he’ll be able to do with continuing to develop the talent we have up front.”

Burney’s last NFL assignment was from 2010-14 with Washington. He spent his first four Redskins seasons with Shanahan as head coach, and he also coached in 2014 under new Washington coach Jay Gruden, a former Bengals offensive coordinator.

Burney’s 2014 Washington 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—AC, Bengals.

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