MARQUAND MANUEL returns for his second season as the defensive backs/safeties coach after initially joining the New York Jets as part of Robert Saleh's first staff in 2021. Manuel has been in the NFL for 18 seasons as both a player and coach, earning trips to the Super Bowl as both.
In his first season with the Jets (2021), Manuel dealt with constantly changing personnel as 10 different safeties appeared on defense for the Jets in 2021, while eight started at least one game. Kickoff Weekend starters, Marcus Maye and Lamarcus Joyner, were limited to 360 total snaps as Joyner was placed on injured reserve in Week Two and Maye in Week 10.
Despite the constant rotation, former 2020 draft choice, Ashtyn Davis was one of just 11 players in 2021 with 50+ tackles, two+ interceptions and two+ forced fumbles after tying for the team lead in both INTs (two) and FFs (three). Additionally, Jason Pinnock, selected in the sixth round that season after a college career at cornerback, made the transition to safety as a rookie and finished the final three weeks as number one rookie rated safety by Pro Football Focus.
Prior to joining the Jets, Manuel served as the defensive backs coach with Philadelphia (2020), before four seasons in Atlanta, first as the secondary coach/senior defensive assistant (2015-16), Manuel was later promoted to defensive coordinator (2017-18). In his first season as coordinator (2017), the defense ranked in the top 10 in scoring defense (eighth), total defense (ninth), rushing defense (ninth), and red zone defense (fifth). Additionally, a pair of second year players, linebacker Deion Jones and safety Keanu Neal, each were selected for their first Pro Bowl.
Manuel's first NFL position came in Seattle as a special team assistant (2012), before serving as defensive assistant (2013) and assistant secondary coach (2014). In his three seasons with the Seahawks, the team advanced to two Super Bowls, earning a victory in Super Bowl XLVIII, while the defense allowed the fewest passing yards per game in 2014.
An eight-year NFL veteran after initially entering the league as a sixth-round pick (2002), Manuel played with six teams – Cincinnati, Seattle, Green Bay, Carolina, Denver and Detroit – and appeared in 116 games (57 starts). He started 35 of 46 games at Florida, finishing his college career with 308 tackles and six interceptions, before graduating with a degree in criminology and law.
Manuel has two children, daughter, Madison, and son, Marquand II.
New York Jets | 2021-Present
Defensive Backs/Safeties - 2021-Present
Philadelphia Eagles | 2020
Defensive Backs - 2020
Atlanta Falcons | 2015-18
Defensive Coordinator - 2017-18
Secondary Coach/Senior Defensive Assistant - 2015-16
Seattle Seahawks | 2012-14
Assistant Secondary - 2014
Defensive Assistant - 2013
Special Teams Assistant - 2012
Detroit Lions (Safety) - 2009
Denver Broncos (Safety) - 2008
Carolina Panthers (Safety) - 2007
Green Bay Packers (Safety) - 2006
Seattle Seahawks (Safety) - 2004-05
Cincinnati Bengals (Safety) - 2002-03
Florida (Safety) - 1997-2001