Defensive coordinator career statistical resumes

Below are the statistical resumes of every 2012 defensive coordinator with at least two years of DC experience, some of whom have already been fired, sorted by the average ranking in terms of total yards allowed per game over their respective careers.  A number of the below coaches have a sample size of just a few years, so be careful not to make too much of any extraordinarily high or low rankings:

Offensive coordinators here.

Coach Teams Years Overall Run Pass Points
Jack Del Rio Panthers, Broncos 2 2 5.5 3.5 4.5
Mike Pettine Jets 4 4.3 12.5 3.5 11.8
Dean Pees Patriots, Ravens 5 9.6 12.6 11.6 6.2
Rod Marinelli Bears 3 10.3 5 18.7 7
Dom Capers Steelers, Jaguars, Dolphins, Packers 10 10.7 12.7 10 9.8
Dick LeBeau Bengals, Steelers, Bengals, Steelers 22 11.7 11 12.9 13.5
Mike Zimmer Cowboys, Falcons, Bengals 13 11.8 14.8 11.7 16.2
Dave Wannstedt Bills, Dolphins, Cowboys 6 12.5 14 10.8 17.7
Wade Phillips Saints, Eagles, Broncos, Bills, Falcons, Chargers, Texans 22 13.4 13.2 15.6 13.9
Mike Nolan Giants, Redskins, Jets, Ravens, Broncos, Falcons 15 14.3 17 11.7 11.7
Steve Spagnuolo Giants, Saints 3 14.7 16.3 16.7 17.7
Ray Horton Cardinals 2 15 24.5 11 17
Sean McDermott Eagles, Panthers 4 15.5 15.8 17 21.3
Casey Bradley Seahawks 4 16 15.3 18.5 14.5
Jerry Gray Titans 7 16.3 21.3 11.9 19
Gunther Cunningham Raiders, Chiefs, Lions 15 17.5 17.1 17.3 17.8
Greg Manusky 49ers, Chargers, Colts 6 18 16 19.8 18.3
Vic Fangio Panthers, Colts, Texans, 49ers 13 18.1 18.7 18.2 16.2
Jim Haslett Saints, Steelers, Rams, Redskins 10 18.6 19.6 16.4 20.4
Dick Jauron Jaguars, Lions, Bills, Browns 12 19.9 20.8 17.5 17.8
Bill Sheridan Giants, Buccaneers 2 21 7.5 23.5 26.5
Perry Fewell Bills, Giants 7 21 22.4 16.7 16
Rob Ryan Raiders, Browns, Cowboys 9 21.7 24.2 17.3 22
Mel Tucker Jaguars 4 21.8 20 21.3 22.8

Each individual defensive coordinator after the jump…

Jack Del Rio, Broncos Job Overall Run Pass Points
2002 Panthers DC 2 8 4 5
2003 Jaguars HC        
2004 Jaguars HC        
2005 Jaguars HC        
2006 Jaguars HC        
2007 Jaguars HC        
2008 Jaguars HC        
2009 Jaguars HC        
2010 Jaguars HC        
2011 Jaguars HC        
2012 Broncos DC 2 3 3 4
Average   2 5.5 3.5 4.5
Mike Pettine, Jets Job Overall Run Pass Points
2009 Jets DC 1 8 1 1
2010 Jets DC 3 3 6 6
2011 Jets DC 5 13 5 20
2012 Jets DC 8 26 2 20
Average   4.3 12.5 3.5 11.8
Dean Pees, Ravens Job Overall Run Pass Points
2006 Patriots DC 6 5 12 2
2007 Patriots DC 4 10 6 4
2008 Patriots DC 10 15 11 8
2009 Patriots DC 11 13 12 5
2012 Ravens DC 17 20 17 12
Average   9.6 12.6 11.6 6.2
Rod Marinelli, Bears Job Overall Run Pass Points
2006 Lions HC        
2007 Lions HC        
2008 Lions HC        
2010 Bears DC 9 2 20 4
2011 Bears DC 17 5 28 14
2012 Bears DC 5 8 8 3
Average   10.3 5 18.7 7
Dom Capers, Packers Job Overall Run Pass Points
1992 Steelers DC 13 17 8 2
1993 Steelers DC 3 3 15 8
1994 Steelers DC 2 7 3 2
1995 Panthers HC        
1996 Panthers HC        
1997 Panthers HC        
1998 Panthers HC        
1999 Jaguars DC 4 7 3 1
2000 Jaguars DC 12 11 14 16
2002 Texans HC        
2003 Texans HC        
2004 Texans HC        
2005 Texans HC        
2007 Dolphins DC 23 32 4 30
2009 Packers DC 2 1 5 7
2010 Packers DC 5 18 5 2
2011 Packers DC 32 14 32 19
2012 Packers DC 11 17 11 11
Average   10.7 12.7 10 9.8
Dick LeBeau, Steelers Job Overall Run Pass Points
1984 Bengals DC 13 11 18 16
1985 Bengals DC 22 15 24 26
1986 Bengals DC 20 22 10 23
1987 Bengals DC 8 8 14 24
1988 Bengals DC 15 18 10 16
1989 Bengals DC 15 26 8 7
1990 Bengals DC 25 22 26 19
1991 Bengals DC 28 13 28 28
1995 Steelers DC 3 2 6 9
1996 Steelers DC 2 3 5 4
1997 Bengals DC 28 29 21 27
1998 Bengals DC 28 30 12 30
1999 Bengals DC 25 16 28 31
2000 Bengals HC        
2001 Bengals HC        
2002 Bengals HC        
2004 Steelers DC 1 1 4 1
2005 Steelers DC 4 3 16 3
2006 Steelers DC 9 3 20 11
2007 Steelers DC 1 3 3 2
2008 Steelers DC 1 2 1 1
2009 Steelers DC 5 3 16 12
2010 Steelers DC 2 1 12 1
2011 Steelers DC 1 8 1 1
2012 Steelers DC 1 2 1 6
Average   11.7 11 12.9 13.5
Mike Zimmer, Bengals Job Overall Run Pass Points
2000 Cowboys DC 19 31 3 22
2001 Cowboys DC 4 13 3 20
2002 Cowboys DC 18 15 19 13
2003 Cowboys DC 1 3 1 2
2004 Cowboys DC 16 10 21 27
2005 Cowboys DC 10 15 11 12
2006 Cowboys DC 13 10 24 20
2007 Falcons DC 29 26 23 29
2008 Bengals DC 12 21 11 19
2009 Bengals DC 4 7 6 6
2010 Bengals DC 15 19 14 24
2011 Bengals DC 7 10 9 9
2012 Bengals DC 6 12 7 8
Average   11.8 14.8 11.7 16.2
Dave Wannstedt, Bills Job Overall Run Pass Points
1989 Cowboys DC 20 18 20 24
1990 Cowboys DC 10 18 2 15
1991 Cowboys DC 17 8 23 17
1992 Cowboys DC 1 1 5 5
1993 Bears HC        
1994 Bears HC        
1995 Bears HC        
1996 Bears HC        
1997 Bears HC        
1998 Bears HC        
1999 Dolphins DC 5 8 5 19
2000 Dolphins HC        
2001 Dolphins HC        
2002 Dolphins HC        
2003 Dolphins HC        
2004 Dolphins HC        
2012 Bills DC 22 31 10 26
Average   12.5 14 10.8 17.7
Wade Phillips, Texans Job Overall Run Pass Points
1981 Saints DC 11 11 20 24
1982 Saints DC 5 10 8 8
1983 Saints DC 2 11 1 12
1984 Saints DC 4 26 1 19
1985 Saints DC/HC 24 19 23 22
1986 Eagles DC 17 19 14 12
1987 Eagles DC 23 9 28 25
1988 Eagles DC 27 6 28 14
1989 Broncos DC 3 6 3 1
1990 Broncos DC 20 17 21 23
1991 Broncos DC 5 19 3 3
1992 Broncos DC 22 23 18 19
1993-94 Broncos HC        
1995 Bills DC 13 11 16 12
1996 Bills DC 9 14 8 6
1997 Bills DC 9 15 12 23
1998-2000 Bills HC        
2002 Falcons DC 19 23 16 8
2003 Falcons DC/HC 32 29 32 30
2004 Chargers DC 18 3 31 11
2005 Chargers DC 13 1 28 13
2006 Chargers DC 10 7 13 7
2007 Cowboys HC        
2008 Cowboys HC        
2009 Cowboys HC        
2010 Cowboys HC        
2011 Texans DC 2 4 3 4
2012 Texans DC 7 7 16 9
Average   13.4 13.2 15.6 13.9
Mike Nolan, Falcons Job Overall Run Pass Points
1993 Giants DC 10 7 10 1
1994 Giants DC 11 15 8 8
1995 Giants DC 17 27 4 16
1996 Giants DC 14 16 15 10
1997 Redskins DC 16 28 3 8
1998 Redskins DC 24 28 5 28
1999 Redskins DC 30 27 26 24
2000 Jets DC 10 23 6 13
2002 Ravens DC 22 13 26 19
2003 Ravens DC 3 6 4 6
2004 Ravens DC 6 8 10 6
2005 49ers HC        
2006 49ers HC        
2007 49ers HC        
2008 49ers HC        
2009 Broncos DC 7 26 3 12
2010 Dolphins DC 6 7 8 14
2011 Dolphins DC 15 3 25 6
2012 Falcons DC 24 21 23 5
Average   14.3 17 11.7 11.7
Steve Spagnuolo, Saints Job Overall Run Pass Points
2007 Giants DC 7 8 11 17
2008 Giants DC 5 9 8 5
2009 Rams HC        
2010 Rams HC        
2011 Rams HC        
2012 Saints DC 32 32 31 31
Average   14.7 16.3 16.7 17.7
Ray Horton, Cardinals Job Overall Run Pass Points
2011 Cardinals DC 18 21 17 17
2012 Cardinals DC 12 28 5 17
Average   15 24.5 11 17
Sean McDermott, Panthers Job Overall Run Pass Points
2009 Eagles DC 12 9 17 19
2010 Eagles DC 12 15 14 21
2011 Panthers DC 28 25 24 27
2012 Panthers DC 10 14 13 18
Average   15.5 15.8 17 21.3
Casey Bradley, Seahawks Job Overall Run Pass Points
2009 Seahawks DC 24 15 30 25
2010 Seahawks DC 27 21 27 25
2011 Seahawks DC 9 15 11 7
2012 Seahawks DC 4 10 6 1
Average   16 15.3 18.5 14.5
Jerry Gray, Titans Job Overall Run Pass Points
2001 Bills DC 21 26 13 29
2002 Bills DC 15 29 6 27
2003 Bills DC 2 8 2 5
2004 Bills DC 2 7 3 8
2005 Bills DC 29 31 19 24
2011 Titans DC 18 24 14 8
2012 Titans DC 27 24 26 32
Average   16.3 21.3 11.9 19
Gunther Cunningham, Lions Job Overall Run Pass Points
1992 Raiders DC 9 12 10 11
1993 Raiders DC 9 20 5 21
1995 Chiefs DC 2 3 5 1
1996 Chiefs DC 18 13 22 11
1997 Chiefs DC 11 7 16 1
1998 Chiefs DC 9 18 7 22
1999 Chiefs HC        
2000 Chiefs HC        
2004 Chiefs DC 31 12 32 29
2005 Chiefs DC 25 7 30 16
2006 Chiefs DC 16 18 18 11
2007 Chiefs DC 13 28 5 14
2008 Chiefs DC 31 30 26 29
2009 Lions DC 32 25 32 32
2010 Lions DC 21 24 16 19
2011 Lions DC 23 23 22 23
2012 Lions DC 13 16 14 27
Average   17.5 17.1 17.3 17.8
Greg Manusky, Colts Job Overall Run Pass Points
2007 49ers DC 25 22 22 20
2008 49ers DC 13 13 18 23
2009 49ers DC 15 6 21 4
2010 49ers DC 13 6 24 16
2011 Chargers DC 16 20 13 26
2012 Colts DC 26 29 21 21
Average   18 16 19.8 18.3
Vic Fangio, 49ers Job Overall Run Pass Points
1995 Panthers DC 7 10 14 8
1996 Panthers DC 10 8 12 2
1997 Panthers DC 15 22 9 13
1998 Panthers DC 30 26 28 27
1999 Colts DC 15 18 19 17
2000 Colts DC 21 25 18 15
2001 Colts DC 29 25 27 31
2002 Texans DC 16 28 10 20
2003 Texans DC 31 31 31 27
2004 Texans DC 23 13 24 15
2005 Texans DC 31 32 24 32
2011 49ers DC 4 1 16 1
2012 49ers DC 3 4 4 2
Average   18.1 18.7 18.2 16.2
Jim Haslett, Redskins Job Overall Run Pass Points
1996 Saints DC 13 27 3 20
1997 Steelers DC 6 1 18 11
1998 Steelers DC 12 13 18 7
1999 Steelers DC 11 26 4 12
2000 Saints HC        
2001 Saints HC        
2002 Saints HC        
2003 Saints HC        
2004 Saints HC        
2005 Saints HC        
2006 Rams DC 23 31 8 28
2007 Rams DC 21 20 21 31
2008 Rams DC/HC 28 29 19 31
2010 Redskins DC 31 26 31 21
2011 Redskins DC 13 18 12 21
2012 Redskins DC 28 5 30 22
Average   18.6 19.6 16.4 20.4
Dick Jauron, Browns Job Overall Run Pass Points
1995 Jaguars DC 21 24 17 28
1996 Jaguars DC 15 19 16 19
1997 Jaguars DC 23 13 24 15
1998 Jaguars DC 25 22 23 17
1999 Bears HC        
2000 Bears HC        
2001 Bears HC        
2002 Bears HC        
2003 Bears HC        
2004 Lions DC 22 15 20 18
2005 Lions DC 20 24 13 21
2006 Bills HC        
2007 Bills HC        
2008 Bills HC        
2009 Bills HC        
2011 Browns DC 10 30 2 5
2012 Browns DC 23 19 25 19
Average   19.9 20.8 17.5 17.8
Bill Sheridan, Buccaneers Job Overall Run Pass Points
2009 Giants DC 13 14 15 30
2012 Buccaneers DC 29 1 32 23
Average   21 7.5 23.5 26.5
Perry Fewell, Giants Job Overall Run Pass Points
2006 Bills DC 18 28 7 10
2007 Bills DC 31 25 29 18
2008 Bills DC 14 22 13 14
2009 Bills DC/HC 19 30 2 16
2010 Giants DC 7 8 9 17
2011 Giants DC 27 19 29 25
2012 Giants DC 31 25 28 12
Average   21 22.4 16.7 16
Rob Ryan, Cowboys Job Overall Run Pass Points
2004 Raiders DC 30 22 30 31
2005 Raiders DC 27 25 18 25
2006 Raiders DC 3 25 1 18
2007 Raiders DC 22 31 8 26
2008 Raiders DC 27 31 10 24
2009 Browns DC 31 28 29 21
2010 Browns DC 22 27 18 13
2011 Cowboys DC 14 7 23 16
2012 Cowboys DC 19 22 19 24
Average   21.7 24.2 17.3 22
Mel Tucker, Jaguars Job Overall Run Pass Points
2009 Jaguars DC 23 19 27 24
2010 Jaguars DC 28 22 28 27
2011 Jaguars DC 6 9 8 11
2012 Jaguars DC 30 30 22 29
Average   21.8 20 21.3 22.8

9 Comments

  1. […] that with the rest of the defensive coordinators around the league. ¬†Also, none of those above teams that Ryan coordinated had a winning […]

  2. Mick says:

    Perry Fewell is terrible. How much better could the Giants be if they had, say, Lovie Smith next year?

  3. Joe D says:

    Mike Zimmer impresses me…especially since he’s had some good defenses with not an overly talent -laden roster

  4. The thing that stands out to me is Dick Lebeau. He went from a pretty good Defensive coordinator to a head coach, then a Great defensive coordinator.

    1. Yup, both of his tenures in Pittsburgh are simply amazing. In fact, I wonder how good Tomlin and Cowher really are/were. My guess is that their sustained success for so long is probably more attributable to LeBeau.

      1. Sohil D says:

        Could you make the same assumption about Andy Reid’s early success being tied to Jim Johnson’s defense?

      2. Joe D says:

        i have been saying that for awhile

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