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 62)
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, they handed over the previous season's worst-ranked defense in passing yards.[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]