Kacy Rodgers

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Kacy Rodgers
New York Jets
Position: Defensive coordinator
Personal information
Date of birth: (1969-06-24) June 24, 1969 (age 47)
Place of birth: Humboldt, Tennessee
Career information
High school: Humboldt (TN)
College: Tennessee
Undrafted: 1992
Career history
As player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As coach:

Kacy Rodgers (born June 24, 1969) is an American football coach who is the defensive coordinator for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Tennessee and played in the NFL from 1992 to 1994. Since then he has served as an assistant coach at the college and professional levels.

Early years[edit]

Rodgers played high school football for and graduated from Humboldt High School in Humboldt, Tennessee. He met and married, the former Marcella Cruze, while attending the University of Tennessee. They have one son, Kacy II, who is now a professional football player for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL.

College career[edit]

Rodgers then attended the University of Tennessee, where he was a four-year letterman for the Tennessee Volunteers football team from 1988 to 1991. He was an honorable mention All-SEC selection. During his time as a linebacker and defensive end, he won two SEC championships and played in the 1990 Cotton Bowl Classic, 1991 Sugar Bowl and the 1992 Fiesta Bowl.

Professional playing career[edit]

Rodgers signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 1992. He played for the Shreveport Pirates of the Canadian Football League in 1994.

Coaching career[edit]


Rodgers began his coaching career in 1994 as defensive line coach for the University of Tennessee at Martin. He held the title for three seasons before adding the title of assistant head coach in 1997.

Northeast Louisiana[edit]

After his time at Tennessee-Martin, Rodgers served one season as defensive line coach for the Northeast Louisiana University in 1998.

Middle Tennessee State[edit]

In 1999, Rodgers became defensive line coach at Middle Tennessee State University. He held the title for three seasons and was also the assistant head coach for the final two. In 2001, the Blue Raiders posted an 8-3 record and were co-champions of the Sun Belt Conference. Also that season, the team tied for first in the conference with 27 sacks.


Rodgers then served one season as defensive line coach for the University of Arkansas in 2002. The Razorbacks defense ranked second in the SEC and 18th in the nation, going 9-5 and earning an SEC Championship berth.

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

In 2003, Arkansas alum and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones hired Rodgers as the team's defensive tackles coach. He held the title for two seasons before serving the next three as defensive line coach. Defensive tackle La'Roi Glover earned three Pro Bowl selections under Rodgers' tutelage from 2003 to 2005. The Cowboys' defense also ranked in the top 10 in the NFL during four of Rodgers' five seasons with the team. During his final season in 2007, they ranked No. 6 in the NFL and allowed just 94.6 rushing yards per game.

Miami Dolphins[edit]

In 2008, Rodgers joined the Miami Dolphins as defensive line coach under first-year head coach Tony Sparano, replacing Travis Jones and Diron Reynolds from 2007.He would churn out three pro bowlers in Randy Starks DT, Paul Soliai DT and Cameron Wake DE while with the Dolphins. Rodgers had previously worked with Sparano in Dallas the previous five seasons while also serving under former Dolphins Vice President Bill Parcells during his tenure as Cowboys head coach from 2003 to 2006.

New York Jets[edit]

Rodgers was named the New York Jets' defensive coordinator on January 23, 2015.[1]


  1. ^ Lange, Randy (January 23, 2015). "Bowles, Jets Name Eight Position Coaches". New York Jets. Archived from the original on January 24, 2015. Retrieved January 24, 2015. 

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