Wed, 20 Jan 2021

Eberflus Has Helped Develop LBs Darius Leonard, Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith Ethan Greenberg

The Jets have interviewed Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus for their head coaching vacancy.

Eberlus, 50, has been the Colts' DC for three seasons. Their defense finished in the top 10 in the NFL in the 2020 season in rushing yards per game (90.5), takeaways (25), total yards per game (332.1) and points allowed per game (22.6). Under Eberflus, Indianapolis' defense has finished in the top 10 in rushing yards per game and takeaways each season. It marked the first time the Colts finished the season in the top 10 in run defense in back-to-back seasons since 1976-77.

He's worked 11 seasons in the NFL, primarily as a linebackers coach -- Browns (2009-10), Cowboys (2011-17) -- and has helped LB Darius Leonard develop into a two-time All-Pro. Since he was drafted in the second round in 2018, Leonard ranks in the top five in the NFL in tackles, solo tackles, forced fumbles and interceptions among linebackers.

Eberflus began his coaching career as a student assistant coach at Toledo. He served multiple roles for the Rockets from 1992-2000. He was then named the defensive coordinator at Missouri and spent eight seasons there before joining the Cowboys in 2009.

At Missouri, Eberflus coached a defense that ranked third in the country in 2004. The Tigers also won the Big 12 North Division title in 2007 and '08, compiling a 22-6 record. With Dallas, he worked closely with All-Pro OLB DeMarcus Ware and helped develop All-Pro LB Sean Lee and Pro Bowl LB Jaylon Smith.

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