Richard Smith (American football coach)

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Richard Smith is the former defensive coordinator for the NFL's Houston Texans[1] and, as of January 2011, serves as the linebackers coach for the Denver Broncos.[2] He has also been linebackers coach for the Carolina Panthers[3] and defensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins.[4]

Coaching Timeline[edit]

  • 1979-1980 Rio Hondo Junior College (OL)
  • 1987 Arizona State University (LB/ST)
  • 1988-1992 Houston Oilers (ST/Assistant TE, LB, OL)
  • 1993-1994 Denver Broncos (ST/Assistant LB)
  • 1995-1996 Denver Broncos (ST)
  • 1997-2002 San Francisco 49ers (LB)
  • 2003-2004 Detroit Lions (LB)
  • 2005 Miami Dolphins (DC)
  • 2006-2008 Houston Texans (DC)
  • 2009-2010 Carolina Panthers (LB)
  • 2011-Present Denver Broncos (LB)
Preceded by
Jim Bates
Miami Dolphins Defensive Coordinators
Succeeded by
Dom Capers
Preceded by
Vic Fangio
Houston Texans Defensive Coordinators
Succeeded by
Frank Bush
Preceded by
Ken Flajole
Carolina Panthers Linebackers Coach
Succeeded by
Al Holcomb
Preceded by
Roman Phifer
Denver Broncos Linebackers Coach
Succeeded by


  1. ^ McClain, John (30 December 2008). "Texans fire defensive coordinator Richard Smith". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 14 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Broncos add pair of coaches to coaching staff". TSN. 25 January 2011. Retrieved 14 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Panthers hire coaches Smith, Milus". News & Record (AP). 11 February 2009. Retrieved 14 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "Dolphins Tab Richard Smith Defensive Coordinator". KTVU. 1 March 2005. Retrieved 14 March 2011.