Marquand Manuel begins his first season with the New York Jets after joining Robert Saleh's staff as the defensive backs/safeties coach on February 11, 2021. For Manuel, 2021 marks his ninth season as an NFL coach following an eight-year playing career, earning trips to the Super Bowl as both.
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