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Dennis Thurman
Defensive Coordinator

COACHING CAREER

Dennis Thurman returns as defensive coordinator after being elevated to the position last season. He originally joined the staff in 2009, spending his first four seasons as the club’s defensive backs coach.

Last season, his first as a coordinator, Thurman commanded the same respect he did as a player and a position coach. “[Thurman] has respect from every player that he ever competed with,” Coach Rex Ryan said, “for the player he was, but also for the intangibles he brought. One of the smartest guys in the league and he has that wealth of experience with the defense. The fact we’ve been side by side for 10, how many years, at least 10 I think. So we know each other well, we’re one in the same, we think the exact same way.”

COACHING CAREER

Dennis Thurman returns as defensive coordinator after being elevated to the position last season. He originally joined the staff in 2009, spending his first four seasons as the club’s defensive backs coach.

Last season, his first as a coordinator, Thurman commanded the same respect he did as a player and a position coach. “(Thurman) has respect from every player that he ever competed with,” Coach Rex Ryan said. “For the player he was, but also for the intangibles he brought. One of the smartest guys in the league and he has that wealth of experience with the defense. The fact we’ve been side by side for 10, how many years, at least 10 I think. So we know each other well, we’re one in the same, we think the exact same way.”

He oversaw a transition on defense in 2013 as the club started seven new players. Despite that changeover, the group finished third in the league in rushing defense, allowing 88.3 yards per game and the fewest yards per carry, holding opponents to just 3.4 yards per rush.

The defensive line, saw DAMON HARRISON, a former undrafted free agent in his second season, and SHELDON RICHARDSON, a 2013 first-round pick who earned Defensive Rookie of the Year honors, join MUHAMMAD WILKERSON (career-best 10.5 sacks and second-team All-Pro recognition) in the starting lineup.

The linebackers had returning starters DAVID HARRIS (career-best 149 tackles) and CALVIN PACE (career-best 10.0 sacks) joined by new starters DEMARIO DAVIS, who posted his first 100-tackle season, and QUINTON COPLES, who made the transition from defensive lineman and registered a team-leading 50 quarterback hurries.

The secondary saw only one returning starter, since-departed cornerback Antonio Cromartie, who tied for the team lead with three interceptions en route to earning his second-consecutive Pro Bowl trip. New arrivals among the defensive backs last year were veteran safety DAWAN LANDRY, who reunited with Thurman after spending 2006-07 with him at the Ravens, former 2012 seventh-round selection, ANTONIO ALLEN, who won the starting job in training camp and responded with a career season, and 2013 first-round selection, cornerback DEE MILLINER. MILLINER finished his rookie season strong, capping it with Defensive Rookie of the Month honors after registering 27 tackles, three interceptions and 13 passes defensed in the final five contests.

Thurman also helped incorporate future Hall-of-Fame safety Ed Reed into the defense following his mid-season signing. With Reed, the Jets defense recorded eight of their 13 interceptions and allowed just nine touchdown passes over their final seven games. With Thurman as the defensive backs coach, the Jets secondary held opponents to an NFL-low 71.0 passer rating, 52.6 completion percentage, and 11,921 passing yards from 2009-12.

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, Cromartie and safety 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.

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. Thurman coached cornerback Darrelle Revis to a season referred to by 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 safety 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).

Thurman spent six years coaching the Ravens defense (2002-07), four as secondary coach and 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 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).

Thurman coached defensive backs for the Cardinals (1988-89) after playing for the franchise just two years earlier.

PLAYING CAREER

After being selected in the 11th round of the 1978 NFL Draft by the Cowboys, Thurman went on to play nine years in the NFL as a cornerback and safety, eight with the Cowboys and one with the Cardinals.

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

Thurman was a two-time All-America 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. He recorded 13 interceptions, returning two for scores.

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

OFF THE FIELD

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

He graduated from USC in 1978.


COACHING TIMELINE

New York Jets

2009-

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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