Jeff Davidson

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Jeff Davidson
San Diego Chargers
Position: Offensive line coach
Personal information
Date of birth: (1967-10-03) October 3, 1967 (age 49)
Place of birth: Akron, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 309 lb (140 kg)
Career information
High school: Westerville (OH) North
College: Ohio State
NFL Draft: 1990 / Round: 5 / Pick: 111
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Player stats at PFR
Coaching stats at PFR

Jeff Davidson (born October 3, 1967) is an American football coach and former player who is the offensive line coach for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League (NFL).

Playing career[edit]

High school[edit]

Davidson attended Westerville North High School in Westerville, Ohio and was a letterman in football. He was also all state in football as well as all state in track & field in the shot putt, where he holds his high schools school record at 60'3"


Davidson attended and played football for the Ohio State Buckeyes from 1986 to 1989. He became a starter at offensive guard as a junior and earned All-Big Ten honors as a senior.

He was also selected as a co-captain as a senior. His father Jim, an All-American tackle, had been Buckeye co-captain in 1964. The Davidsons became the first father-son captain duo in Ohio State history. They were followed by the Herbstreits (1960/1992) and the Johnsons (1984-5/2007).


Davidson was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 5th round of the 1990 NFL Draft. He was with the Broncos for four seasons before signing with the New Orleans Saints in 1994, and retiring after suffering a shoulder injury.

Coaching career[edit]

New England Patriots[edit]

After retiring, Davidson stayed with the New Orleans Saints as a volunteer assistant in 1995. He was made an offensive assistant by the Saints in 1996. In 1997, he was hired by the New England Patriots as their tight ends coach. At the end of the season, the Patriots promoted him to assistant offensive line coach, where he remained from 1998-2001. In 2002, he again became the tight ends coach while retaining his assistant offensive line coaching duties.

Cleveland Browns[edit]

When Patriots defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel left to become the Browns' head coach for the 2005 season, Davidson followed Crennel to Cleveland as the Browns' offensive line coach. In 2006, Davidson was named the team's assistant head coach/offensive line coach. After six games of the Browns' season, offensive coordinator Maurice Carthon was fired and Davidson promoted in his place.

Carolina Panthers[edit]

Davidson was hired on January 24, 2007 as the offensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers. Having worked as a member of the New England Patriots' staff under Charlie Weis, Davidson forged a close relationship with him. Weis is a good friend of former Panthers head coach John Fox, and it is believed that his recommendation was instrumental in Fox's decision to hire Davidson.[1] With his playing and coaching experience at the offensive line and additional coaching with tight ends, most believe this hire meant that Coach Fox wanted to keep his focus on a powerful offense based on a strong running game, as has been his tendency in the past.[2]

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Head Coach Leslie Frazier announced Davidson would be joining the Vikings as offensive line coach on January 20, 2011.

On January 12, 2016, head coach Mike Zimmer announced that Davidson's contract would not be renewed for the 2016 NFL season.[3]

San Diego Chargers[edit]

On January 14, 2016 the San Diego Chargers announced Jeff Davidson for new offensive line coach.


  1. ^ Panthers Hire Offensive Coordinator Charlotte Observer 24 Jan. 2007. Accessed 24 Jan. 2007.
  2. ^ Panthers Hire Davidson as Offensive Coordinator ESPN. 23 Jan. 2007. Accessed 24 Jan. 2007.
  3. ^ Smith, Eric (January 12, 2016). "Offseason Injuries To Patch Up". Minnesota Vikings. Retrieved January 13, 2016.