Richard Smith (American football coach)

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Richard Smith
Candid photograph of Smith standing before a podium with a red backdrop bearing logos of the Atlanta Falcons and Verizon behind him
Smith with the Atlanta Falcons in 2015
Los Angeles Chargers
Position:Linebackers Coach
Personal information
Born: (1955-10-17) October 17, 1955 (age 63)
Los Angeles, CA
Career information
College:Fresno State
Career history
As coach:
Coaching stats at PFR

Richard Smith (born October 17, 1955) is an American football coach who is the linebackers coach for the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL).[1] He has been defensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons.[2] He has also been the defensive coordinator for the Houston Texans and Miami Dolphins.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

Denver Broncos[edit]

Smith was hired by the Denver Broncos on January 25, 2011.[4]

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

When the Atlanta Falcons hired Smith on January 26, 2015, the Falcons were the worst-ranked defense in passing yards in 2014 prior to his arrival.[5] He was fired by the Falcons after their defensive collapse in Super Bowl LI and having defensive leadership being taken over by head coach Dan Quinn midway through the season.[6][7][8]

Los Angeles Chargers[edit]

Smith was hired by the Los Angeles Chargers on February 13, 2017, as a linebackers coach.[9][10]


  1. ^ "Chargers Hire Former Falcons DC Richard Smith As LBs Coach -". Retrieved 2017-02-13.
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  3. ^ "Dolphins Tab Richard Smith Defensive Coordinator". KTVU. March 1, 2005. Retrieved March 14, 2011.
  4. ^ "Milus, Smith Join Staff". Retrieved 2017-02-13.
  5. ^ "Quick hits on new Falcons coaches Richard Smith, Raheem Morris". Retrieved 2017-02-13.
  6. ^ "Chargers hire Richard Smith, wrap up Anthony Lynn's first staff". Retrieved 2017-02-13.
  7. ^ Chadiha, Jeffri. "Falcons' historic collapse leads to Patriots' fifth Super Bowl win". NFL. Retrieved August 6, 2017.
  8. ^ "Super Bowl LI - New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons - February 5th, 2017". Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  9. ^ Ledbetter, D. Orlando. "Former defensive coordinator Smith lands with Chargers". ajc. Retrieved 2017-02-13.
  10. ^ "Chargers hire Richard Smith as LBs coach, announce full coaching staff". Retrieved 2017-02-13.