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Mike Rutenberg


College: Cornell

Hometown: Chevy Chase, Md.

Experience: 15 years


MIKE RUTENBERG returns for his second season as the linebackers coach after initially joining the New York Jets as part of Robert Saleh's first staff in 2021. For Rutenberg, 2022 marks his 13th season in the NFL and second as a position coach.

With the Jets coaching in the 2022 Senior Bowl, Rutenberg served as the National Team's defensive coordinator, holding the American Team to 10 points, 120 yards passing and a 56.6 rating in the win.

In his first season with the Jets (2021), Rutenberg saw career years from Pro Bowl veteran C.J. Mosley as well as Quincy Williams, a third-year player claimed by the Jets prior to the start of the regular season. The pair became one of just eight linebacker tandems in 2021 with 100+ tackles each.

Mosley, who returned after opting out of the 2020 season and missing all but two games the year before was a Pro Bowl alternate and Team MVP after he finished fourth in the league with a single-season best 168 tackles. Williams, who entered 2021 with 18 games played (eight starts) in his first two seasons, posted single-season bests in tackles (107), sacks (2.0), passes defensed (five) and tackles for loss (nine), becoming one of just five players in 2021 with 100+ tackles, nine+ TFLs and five+ PDs.

Prior to joining the Jets, Rutenberg was the passing game specialist (2020) with the 49ers. In his only season with San Francisco, he helped the defense finish fourth in passing defense while also ranking in the top 10 in both completion percentage and passer rating allowed.

Coaching college football for seven seasons, first with UCLA (2006-08) and then with New Mexico State (2009-12), Rutenberg was named the defensive coordinator at the University of San Diego (2013) before he returned to the NFL with the Jaguars initially as the assistant defensive backs coach (2013-15), then as a defensive assistant (2016-17), before serving as the assistant linebackers coach (2018-19).

Rutenberg entered the league with Washington, initially as a player personnel intern (2013), before working with Head Coach Joe Gibbs as football assistant to the head coach.

A graduate of Cornell, Rutenberg and his wife, Stacey, have a daughter, Laney, and a son, Luke.


New York Jets | 2021-Present

Linebackers - 2021-Present

San Francisco 49ers | 2020

Passing Game Specialist - 2020

Jacksonville Jaguars | 2013-19

Assistant Linebackers - 2018-19

Defensive Assistant - 2016-17

Assistant Defensive Backs - 2013-15

New Mexico State | 2009-12

Passing Game Coordinator/Defensive Backs - 2012

Defensive Backs - 2009-11

UCLA | 2006-08

Graduate Assistant/Defense - 2007-08

Intern - 2006

Washington Football Team | 2003-05

Assistant to the Head Coach (Football) - 2004-05

Player Personnel Intern - 2003