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Mike Smith

Defensive Coordinator

Mike Smith enters his fifth year as defensive coordinator for the Jaguars. The Jaguars rank among the NFL s best since Smith took over the defensive reins in 2003. The Jaguars rank 4th in overall defense (296.6), 3rd in offensive points allowed (16.1), 5th in rushing defense (99.3) and have allowed the third fewest rushing touchdowns (37) from 2003-06.

Smith was named the Jaguars defensive coordinator on January 21, 2003. A veteran of 26 years of coaching, Smith, 48, has experience in one form or another with almost every position on defense and on special teams.

The Jaguars ranked second in total defense (283.6) in 2006, the highest ranking in team history. The defense set a franchise-record with 20 interceptions and finished with the second-fewest net yards allowed in team history. The defense was dominant at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium as they allowed a NFL-low 11 points per game including two shutouts in their eight home games.

Smith was forced to deal with numerous injuries on defense as three starters were placed on injured reserve in Reggie Hayward, Mike Peterson and Donovin Darius. Cornerback Rashean Mathis and defensive tackle John Henderson were voted to the Pro Bowl, the fourth consecutive year a defensive player has been honored. Defensive end Bobby McCray, who replaced Hayward on the line, led the team with a career-high 10 sacks, becoming only the fourth Jaguar in team history to have a least 10 sacks in a season. Linebacker Daryl Smith ranked third in the NFL and led the club with a career-high 170 tackles.

The Jaguars ranked sixth in total defense (290.5) in 2005 and led the NFL by allowing only four rushing touchdowns. Smith was named to the USA Today All-Joe Team, an award that goes to the players and coaches who have overachieved and are often overlooked. The Jaguars led NFL in 2004 in red zone efficiency and ranked seventh in scoring defense.

Prior to joining the Jaguars, Smith spent the previous four seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, helping them to their Super Bowl championship in 2000. The Ravens' 2000 defense set an NFL 16-game record by allowing only 165 points. From 1999 to 2001, Smith was the Ravens' defensive assistant/defensive line coach, and in 2002 he was the linebackers coach, replacing Jack Del Rio, who became defensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers. In 2002, Smith coached All-Pro Ray Lewis and Pro Bowler Peter Boulware, who had his finest NFL season, and he was instrumental in the development of second-year pro Ed Hartwell, who made a team-leading 196 tackles.

A native of Daytona Beach, Smith had a 12-year stint at Tennessee Tech (1987-98), the last three as the defensive coordinator. He joined the Tennessee Tech staff as defensive line coach, then served as special teams coordinator from 1988 to '95. He tutored the line for nine seasons before being promoted to defensive coordinator and linebackers coach in 1996. With Smith as defensive coordinator, the Golden Eagles defense finished in the top 10 in the nation in both 1997 and 98. In 1998, Smith was promoted to defensive coordinator/assistant head coach.

Before joining Tennessee Tech, Smith was the defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at Morehead (Ky.) State. He served as a part-time assistant coach at San Diego State in 1982, and then spent the next three seasons (1983-85) coaching the Aztecs' linebackers. It was at San Diego State where he worked with Brian Billick, who brought him to Baltimore in 1999.

Smith played linebacker for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL in 1982. He played collegiately at East Tennessee (1977-81), where he was named defensive MVP twice at linebacker. As a senior, he led the team with 186 tackles. Smith was a star athlete at Father Lopez High in Daytona Beach and earned All-State honors as a linebacker in 1975. He was born June 13, 1959 in Chicago. He and his wife, Julie, have a daughter, Logan (5/13/00), and live in Jacksonville.


San Diego State 1982-85, Morehead State 1986, Tennessee Tech 1987-98, Baltimore Ravens 1999-2002, Jacksonville Jaguars 2003-07


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FalconHEAT (1/23/2008)
rock (1/23/2008)

and he was instrumental in the development of second-year pro Ed Hartwell, who made a team-leading 196 tackles.

I was sold on the guy, until I read this line. ;)

I'm with ya on the red attack:D

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