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Jacob Burney Retained For Defensive Line

Posted Jan 16, 2014

The Washington Redskins announced on Thursday that defensive line coach Jacob Burney had been retained for his fifth season with the team.

The Washington Redskins announced on Thursday that defensive line coach Jacob Burney had been retained with the new coaching staff.

This will be his fifth season with the organization, after originally signing with the Redskins in his current position on Jan. 15, 2010.

In 2012, Burney’s unit helped the defense hold opponents to 95.8 rushing yards per game, which ranked fifth in the NFL and was the 11th-best figure in team history.

Nose tackle Barry Cofield had a team-best 35 quarterback pressures/hits as credited by the coaching staff.

Cofield and defensive end Stephen Bowen were both voted as defensive captains at midseason, after which point the team concluded with a seven-game winning streak and its first NFC East title since 1999.

In 2011, Burney’s defensive line surpassed their full-season sack output from 2010 (9.0) by Week 7, finishing with 18.0 sacks on the year.

The line accounted for 44 percent of the team’s 41 sacks that season compared to 31 percent of the team’s 29 sacks from 2010.

The defensive line helped make the Redskins’ pass rush one of the most multi-faceted threats in the NFL in 2011.

With defensive ends Stephen Bowen (6.0) and Carriker’s (5.5) sack totals combined with linebackers Ryan Kerrigan (7.5) and Brian Orakpo (9.0), the Redskins were one of only three NFL teams to have four players with at least 5.5 sacks on the season.

Burney’s unit helped the overall defense improve to the 13th-ranked defense in the league from 31st a year before.

Under his guidance, Carriker and free agent acquisitions Cofield and Bowen reached career highs. Carriker’s 5.5 sacks in 2011 surpassed his combined total of 3.5 sacks during his first four seasons in the NFL.

Cofield, playing at nose tackle for the first time in his career, led all interior linemen with eight pass deflections, while helping free up linebacker London Fletcher to lead the league in tackles with a career-high 166.

Bowen’s 6.0 sacks led all Redskins’ defensive linemen and surpassed his total career mark of 5.5 sacks during his first five seasons.

In 2010, Burney’s defensive line occupied offensive linemen to help free Orakpo and Fletcher to make plays en route to Pro Bowl appearances.

His unit helped hold eventual Super Bowl champion Green Bay to 13 points in a Week 5 overtime win, Green Bay’s lowest output of the season.

Prior to coming to Washington, Burney spent seven seasons in Denver (2002-08), following stints with Carolina (1999-2001) and Cleveland/Baltimore (1994-98).

In Burney’s final two seasons in Carolina (2000-01), the Panthers registered 74 takeaways, which was the fourth-highest total in the league over that period.

In 2001, defensive end Mike Rucker registered a career-high and team-leading nine sacks.

Before joining Carolina, Burney spent five seasons with Cleveland/Baltimore as defensive line coach.

In his first year with the Browns in 1994, he oversaw a defensive line that helped their defense surrender only 204 points (12.75 per game), nine rushing touchdowns and 3.6 yards per rush attempt.

In his final season with the franchise, in Baltimore in 1998, Burney helped develop defensive end Michael McCrary into a Pro Bowl starter, while the defense ranked sixth in the league.

Before entering the professional coaching ranks, Burney spent 11 years coaching on the college level, including stops at New Mexico (1983-86), Tulsa (1987), Mississippi State (1988), Wisconsin (1989), UCLA (1990-92) and Tennessee (1993).

Burney was a three-time All-Southern Conference selection at Tennessee-Chattanooga, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1981.

A native of Chattanooga, Burney was born Jan. 24, 1959. He and his wife, Madrinna Patton, have two sons: Jacob, who was a four-year letter winner at Bucknell (2002-05) and Benjamin, who was an honorable mention All-Big 12 cornerback as a senior at Colorado in 2009.

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