Alma mater: Tennessee
Role: New York Jets defensive coordinator
The skinny: Rodgers, 48, a Tennessee native, was a four-year letterman at linebacker and defensive end for the Vols from 1988-91. After spending parts of three seasons trying to gain a foothold as a pro player, including a stint in the CFL, Rodgers turned to coaching. He spent four seasons as the defensive line coach at FCS member Tennessee-Martin. He moved to the FBS ranks as d-line coach at Northeast Louisiana (now Louisiana-Monroe) in 1999. Rodgers then went to Middle Tennessee State (1999-2001) and Arkansas (2002) as defensive line coach before being hired as the Dallas Cowboys’ defensive tackle coach in 2003. He spent five seasons in Dallas, then seven as the Miami Dolphins’ defensive line coach. Rodgers is in his third season as the Jets’ DC.
Note: There is one NFL head coach (Tennessee’s Mike Mularkey, a Florida alum) and four other coordinators (Atlanta DC Marquand Manuel, a Florida alum; Indianapolis DC Ted Monachino, a Missouri alum; Tennessee OC Terry Robiskie, a LSU alum; and Carolina OC Mike Shula, an Alabama alum) who went to SEC schools.
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