After serving as defensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers for the past four seasons, Robert Saleh is quickly transitioning to his head coach position with the New York Jets. Saleh chose Jeff Ulbrich to coordinate his defense and also announced the addition of five defensive assistants.
Ulbrich, who started last season as an assistant head coach and Atlanta linebackers, was promoted to defensive coordinator when Raheem Morris took over as head coach in October and the unit played. much better in the home stretch. In six seasons as an Atlanta linebacker coach, Ulbrich coached people like Deion Joens, De’Vondre Campbell and Foye Oluokun.
“You talk about the ultimate juice in your football team,” Morris said of Ulbrich in a AtlantaFalcons.com article published in December. “You talk about authentic energy; you talk about a guy who can absolutely light up a room when he walks in. He’s a former player who knows what it’s like to be in the trenches, so he’s sensitive to his guys. that way. He can also give them a kind of compassion and a kind of learning and a kind of development that you can only get if you play this game. “
After attending college, Ulbrich, a linebacker, held two years in Hawaii. He set a school record with 169 tackles in 1999 and was a third-round selection for the 49ers in the 2000 NFL Draft. He played his entire career in San Francisco, totaling 488 tackles, 6 forced fumbles, 5.5 sacks. and two 2 INT from 2000 to 2009.
Following his retirement, Ulbrich was hired by the Seahawks as a special teams assistant on January 29, 2010. Saleh and Ulbrich coaches together in 2011 under Pete Carroll. Then, Ulbrich joined the varsity ranks with UCLA in 2012, filling roles as linebackers and special teams coach, assistant head coach and defensive coordinator. At UCLA, he was named 2013 FootballScoop Special Teams Coordinator of the Year and has helped Anthony Barr, Myles Jack and Erik Kendricks grow on their way to the NFL.
Defensive Line Coach – Aaron Whitecotton
Whitecotton spent the 2020 season as an assistant defensive line coach for the 49ers, his first with the team. He was the Bills ‘D-line assistant coach from 2018-19. In 2019, the Bills’ defense finished No.3 overall, allowing 298.3 Yds / G. Buffalo’s defensive line had several players with career highs in sacks including Jordan Phillips (9.5) and Shaq Lawson (6.5). Prior to joining the Bills, Whitecotton spent four seasons with the Jaguars as DL assistant coach (2016) and defensive assistant (2013-15) where he straddled Saleh.
Defensive Line Assistant – Nate Ollie
Ollie has spent the last two seasons with the Eagles after coaching the defensive line in Eastern Kentucky in 2018. In 2019, Ollie helped Fletcher Cox win his fifth career Pro Bowl as the defense for Philadelphia ranked No. 3 against the run (90.4 Yds / G). In 19, Brandon Graham’s 8.5 sacks were the second biggest part of his career and Derek Barnett (6.5) and Josh Sweat (5.0) had career highs in sacks.
Defensive Assistant – Chip Vaughn
Vaughn’s first season with the Jets was in 2020. Prior to the Green & White, he worked with defensive backs from the Air Force, Fayetteville State and Winston-Salem State. He was selected for the 2020 American Football Coaches Association 35 Under 35 Coaches Leadership Institute. Coach Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship with New Orleans during training camp in 2018, Vaughn was also one of 15 coaches selected to compete in the 2018 NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy.
Defensive Assistant – Ricky Manning Jr.
A third-round pick by the Panthers in 2003, Manning Jr. six seasons in the NFL at cornerback and one season in the UFL. He had 268 tackles, 4 sacks, 5 fumble recoveries, 14 INTs and 3 TDs.
Defensive Assistant – Hayes Pullard
Pullard spent the 2020 season at USC, his alma mater, as a quality control analyst. A former seventh-round pick in 2015, he played five seasons with five NFL teams at LB and recorded 114 tackles, 1 INT and 1 fumble. Pullard played under Saleh in Jacksonville from 2015 to 2016.