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Dennis Thurman
Defensive Coordinator

Elevated to defensive coordinator on January 24, 2012, after spending four seasons as the club’s defensive backs coach.

Under the tutelage of Dennis Thurman, Jets defensive backs have held their opponents to an NFL-low 71.0 passer rating, 52.6 com­pletion percentage, and 11,921 passing yards since 2009.

Elevated to defensive coordinator on January 24, 2012, after spending four seasons as the club’s defensive backs coach.

Under the tutelage of Dennis Thurman, Jets defensive backs have held their opponents to an NFL-low 71.0 passer rating, 52.6 com­pletion percentage, and 11,921 passing yards since 2009.

In 2010, with players in his unit missing a total of 17 regular sea­son games, Thurman coached a group that helped the Jets de­fense finish sixth overall in passing yards allowed a game (200.6). Thurman welcomed two new full-time starters in 2010, CB Anto­nio Cromartie and S Brodney Pool. Cromartie finished tied for the team lead with three interceptions, tied his career-high with 18 passes defensed and recorded the second most tackles (42) in a season during his career. Pool finished fourth on the team with 63 tackles. He also recorded an interception, 10 passes defensed, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

CB Drew Coleman enjoyed the best season of his career in 2010 under Thurman’s direction. Also, Coleman recorded career highs in tackles (34), sacks (4) and forced fumbles (4). He also recorded an interception and five passes defensed on the season.

In 2009, Thurman led a secondary that allowed an NFL-best 153.7 yards passing a game and helped the Jets defense finish first in both yards and points allowed in 2009. Thurman coached CB Darrelle Revis to a season referred to by head coach Rex Ryan as “…the best year a corner has ever had (and) the most impact a corner has ever had in the National Football League.” In 2009, Re­vis recorded six interceptions, 72 tackles and 34 passes defensed. Also, excelling under the instruction of Thurman was S Jim Leon­hard. In his first season as a full-time starter, Leonhard recorded career-highs in tackles (95), sacks (2.5), passes defensed (7) and forced fumbles (1).

Spent six years coaching the Ravens defense (2002-07), four as secondary coach, two as defensive assistant alongside head coach Rex Ryan. The Ravens led the NFL with 126 interceptions and 18 interception returns for touchdowns while he was coach­ing Ed Reed (34 INT, 2002-07), Chris McAlister, Samari Rolle and Deion Sanders, among others.

Before coming back to the NFL, he coached the defensive backs at his alma mater, USC, for eight years (1993-2000).

Coached defensive backs for the Cardinals (1988-89).

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Selected in the 11th round of the 1978 NFL Draft by the Cowboys.

Played nine years in the NFL as a cornerback and safety, eight with the Cowboys and one with the Cardinals.

Recorded 36 career interceptions (four for touchdowns) and played in Super Bowl XIII for the Cowboys in 1979.

A two-time All-American safety at USC who was part of teams that won four bowl games and the 1974 National Championship. That season he patrolled a defensive backfield that also featured future Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott. Recorded 13 interceptions, re­turning two for scores.

Played quarterback and defensive back at Santa Monica (CA) HS on three CIF Division I championship teams that combined to go 39-1-1.

OFF THE FIELD

Graduated from USC in 1978.

Thurman has two daughters, Chelsea and Jade, and a grandson, Laedan Tyler.

COACHING TIMELINE

New York Jets

2013-

Defensive Coordinator          2013-
Defensive Backs 2009-12

Baltimore Ravens

2002-07

Secondary         2004-07
Defensive Assistant 2002-03

Univ. of Southern California          

1993-2000

Defensive Backs

Ohio Glory (WLAF)

1992

Defensive Coordinator

Phoenix Cardinals

1988-89

Defensive Backs

PLAYING TIMELINE

St. Louis Cardinals                   

1986

Defensive Back

Dallas Cowboys                    

1978-85

Defensive Back

Univ. of Southern California          

1974-77

Defensive Back

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