GREG SCRUGGS begins his first season with the New York Jets after joining Robert Saleh's staff as the assistant defensive line coach on March 1, 2022. For Scruggs, this is his first coaching position in the NFL following a five-year NFL career where he won Super Bowls with two different teams.
Prior to joining the Jets, Scruggs spent four seasons at the University of Cincinnati, the last two as the defensive line coach, part of a staff that saw the Bearcats go 22-2 in that span and finished both years ranked in the Top 10. In 2021, his line was a key part of a defense that ranked fifth nationally in scoring defense (16.5) and 10th in total defense (318.4), after finishing the season with 39 sacks, second in the conference and 18th in the nation.
Scruggs joined Cincinnati in 2018, serving as the director of player development and NFL liaison for two seasons, where he mentored Bearcat players and managed many of the program's off-the-field initiatives, including community service efforts. Before that, he worked with the NFL's Legends Development Program in player marketing and communications following his retirement from professional football.
A two-time Super Bowl champion, Scruggs spent five years in the NFL after entering as a seventh-round selection by Seattle (2012). Beginning his career as a defensive lineman, he switched to tight end in his final season, spending time with the Seahawks (2012-14), Bears (2015-16) and Patriots (2016).
Before the NFL, Scruggs played in 42 games (26 starts) at defensive tackle and defensive end for Louisville after just one season of high school football. In his lone high school football season, he posted nine sacks, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and 51 quarterback pressures as St. Xavier (OH) HS finished as the nation's top ranked team, winning the state championship and finishing the season 15-0. In addition to football, he spent four years on the basketball team and three seasons as a drummer in the marching band.
Scruggs serves on the international board of directors and as a national spokesperson for Boys Hope Girls Hope, an organization centered on cultivating youth empowerment through the foundation of education and holistic support. He appeared in the 2020 film, Black Boys, a feature-length documentary about what it means to be born black and male in America.
Earning a bachelor's degree in sociology from Louisville in 2011, Scruggs has a son, Koven.
New York Jets | 2022-Present
Assistant Defensive Line - 2022-Present
University of Cincinnati | 2018-21
Defensive Line - 2020-21
Director of Player Development/NFL Liaison - 2018-19
Ball State University (Defensive Tackle) - 2010-13