Mike Rutenberg


College: Cornell

Hometown: Chevy Chase, Md.

Experience: 12 years


Mike Rutenberg begins his first season with the New York Jets after joining Robert Saleh's staff as the linebackers coach on February 11, 2021. For Rutenberg, 2021 marks his 12th season in the NFL having previously worked with San Francisco, Jacksonville and Washington.

Prior to joining the Jets, Rutenberg was a 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 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 dealing with the day-to-day football operations and team and opponent statistical research projects.

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