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Tony Oden

Senior Defensive Assistant/Cornerbacks

College: Baldwin Wallace

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio

Experience: 18 years

Biography

Tony Oden begins his first season with the New York Jets after joining Robert Saleh's staff as the senior defensive assistant / cornerbacks coach on February 11, 2021. A coach in the NFL since 2004, Oden had previously worked with defensive backs for seven different franchises.

Prior to his start with the Jets, Oden spent a season as the defensive backs/cornerbacks coach in San Francisco (2020). Despite using seven different starters at corner, the 49ers finished fourth in passing defense while also ranking in the top 10 in both completion percentage and passer rating allowed.

In Miami (2018-19), Oden helped a pair of young players in Xavien Howard and Minkah Fitzpatrick. In 2018, as the defensive backs coach, Howard registered seven interceptions to tie for the league lead, earning his first Pro Bowl appearance. Additionally, Fitzpatrick finished in the top five among all rookie safeties in tackles, interceptions and passes defensed.

Oden spent four seasons in Detroit (2014-17) as the defensive backs/cornerbacks coach and helped the Lions finished with 58 interceptions, the ninth-most of that span. Under Oden, cornerback Darius Slay earned his first Pro Bowl selection (2017) after finishing the season with eight interceptions, tied for the most in the league. Additionally, Slay posted 69 passes defensed, the most in the league over that span while also finishing in the top five with 14 interceptions.

Before Detroit, Oden spent a season in Tampa Bay (2013) as the secondary/cornerbacks as the Buccaneers defense finished third in the league with 21 interceptions. Cornerback Darrelle Revis was selected to the Pro Bowl in his only season with the team after finishing with a team-high 11 passes defensed, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and a sack.

As the secondary coach in Jacksonville (2012), Oden helped cornerback Derek Cox tie a career high with four interceptions, while safety Dawan Landry finished with 100 tackles - one of just eight DBs with at least 100 tackles that season.

A member of the New Orleans staff for six seasons (2006-11), Oden was the assistant secondary coach for five years before becoming the secondary coach in 2011. In his time with the Saints, the team won Super Bowl XLIV, finishing the 2010 with the fourth best passing defense in the league. In that span, safety Roman Harper earned the only two Pro Bowl selections of his 11-year career.

Beginning his NFL career in Houston, Oden served as a defensive assistant and assistant defensive backs coach (2004-05). His first season, the Texans registered 22 interceptions, fifth in the league and still the most in franchise history.

Before coaching in the NFL, Oden served as defensive backs coach at Eastern Michigan University (2003), after spending three seasons at East Carolina University as the safeties coach (2002), secondary coach (2001) and outside linebackers coach (2000). Prior to joining East Carolina, Oden was the assistant defensive backs coach at West Point (1998-99). He began his coaching career as assistant defensive backs coach at Millersville (PA) University in 1996, followed by one season as a graduate assistant working with the wide receivers at Boston College (1997).

A four-year linebacker at Baldwin Wallace, Oden earned First-Team Ohio Athletic Conference honors twice and was a 1994 Division III All-American.

Oden and his wife, Amanda, have a son, Jaylen, and a daughter, Ryan.

FLIGHT PATH

New York Jets | 2021-Present

Senior Defensive Assistant / Cornerbacks - 2021-Present

San Francisco 49ers | 2020

Defensive Backs/Cornerbacks - 2020

Miami Dolphins | 2018-19

Safeties - 2019

Defensive Backs - 2018

Detroit Lions | 2014-17

Defensive Backs/Cornerbacks - 2014-17

Tampa Bay Buccaneers | 2013

Secondary/Cornerbacks - 2013

Jacksonville Jaguars | 2012

Secondary - 2012

New Orleans Saints | 2006-11

Secondary - 2011

Assistant Secondary - 2006-10

Houston Texans | 2004-05

Defensive Assistant/Assistant Defensive Backs - 2004-05

Eastern Michigan | 2003

Defensive Backs - 2003

East Carolina | 2000-02

Safeties - 2002

Secondary - 2001

Outside Linebackers - 2000

Army | 1998-99

Assistant Defensive Backs - 1998-99

Boston College | 1997

Graduate Assistant - 1997

Millersville | 1996

Assistant Defensive Backs - 1996

PLAYING CAREER

Baldwin Wallace (Linebacker) 1992-95

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