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Jeff Davidson
Offensive Line

Biography

With 24 years of NFL coaching experience, including 15 tutoring offensive linemen, Davidson begins the 2018 season as the Lions’ offensive line coach after spending last season with the Denver Broncos. In addition to his offensive line coaching experience with the San Diego Chargers (2016), Minnesota Vikings (2011-15), Cleveland Browns (2005) and New England Patriots (1998-2001), Davidson also served as the offensive coordinator and assistant head coach/offensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers (2007-10) and Browns (2006), respectively.

With 24 years of NFL coaching experience, including 15 tutoring offensive linemen, Davidson begins the 2018 season as the Lions’ offensive line coach after spending last season with the Denver Broncos. In addition to his offensive line coaching experience with the San Diego Chargers (2016), Minnesota Vikings (2011-15), Cleveland Browns (2005) and New England Patriots (1998-2001), Davidson also served as the offensive coordinator and assistant head coach/offensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers (2007-10) and Browns (2006), respectively.

From 2008-15, whether as an offensive coordinator or offensive line coach, Davidson’s teams finished in the NFL’s top five in rushing in five different seasons. Additionally, he has been part of six teams that have finished in the NFL’s top 10 in fewest sacks allowed. Before joining the staff in Denver, he spent the 2016 season coaching the offensive line for the Chargers. As a member of the Chargers offensive staff, Davidson’s unit helped pave the way for second-year back Melvin Gordon to reach 997 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns in just 11 starts.

Prior to San Diego, he spent five seasons (2011-15) as the offensive line coach for the Minnesota Vikings. In his first season with the Vikings, the offensive staff helped the team finish second in the NFL in yards per carry and fourth in yards per game, despite running back Adrian Peterson missing four games. During the Vikings’ 2012 campaign, Davidson’s offensive line featured Pro-Bowl T Matt Kalil along with All-Pro C, John Sullivan, as Peterson ran for the second-best single-season rushing total in NFL history (2,097 yards with six yards per carry).

Before joining the Vikings, Davidson worked as the offensive coordinator for the Panthers from 2007-10. During his time in Carolina, the Panthers posted a 12-4 record in 2008, en route to an NFC South title. Davidson’s offense helped RB DeAngelo Williams rush for the Panthers franchise-record at the time with 1,515 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2008. Carolina’s offense followed up that season with a pair of 1,000-yard rushers in Williams and RB Jonathan Stewart in 2009. With his guidance, Carolina’s offense averaged 134.5 rushing yards per game, ranking fifth in the league during that span. Featuring a pair of Pro Bowlers in T Jordan Gross (2008, 2010) and C Ryan Kalil (2009-10), the Panthers’ offensive line helped produce four of the Top 5 rushing totals in team history during Davidson’s tenure as offensive coordinator.

Prior to being named an offensive coordinator, he served as the offensive line coach for the Browns for two years (2005-06). In Davidson’s first season coaching Cleveland’s offensive line, RB Reuben Droughns rushed for 1,232 yards to become the Browns’ first 1,000-yard rusher since 1985.

Over the course of eight seasons (1997-2004) on the Patriots coaching staff, Davidson was responsible for coaching tight ends along with being named an assistant offensive line coach. New England won three championships during that span, as the Patriots claimed victories in Super Bowls XXXVI, XXXVIII and XXXIX.

Davidson spent three years playing for the Denver Broncos from 1990-92 after being selected by Denver in the fifth-round of the 1990 NFL Draft. During the 1991-92 seasons, he started 16 games for the Broncos at left tackle and left guard, respectively. In 1991, he helped protect John Elway’s blind-side as Denver reached the AFC Championship game. Davidson went on to begin his coaching career with the New Orleans Saints as a volunteer assistant and offensive assistant in 1995.

A native of Akron, Ohio, Davidson was an All-Big Ten selection and a team captain as a senior offensive lineman at Ohio State. His father, Jim, was an All-American linebacker and former team captain for the Buckeyes, as the Davidsons became the first father-son team captains in school history. Jeff’s brother, Jim, also played linebacker for the scarlet and gray. Davidson and his wife, Judi, have two sons, Nick and A.J.

 

DAVIDSON’S COACHING BACKGROUND

Detroit Lions................................................................................................. 2018-

      Offensive Line....................................................................................... 2018-

Denver Broncos........................................................................................... 2017

      Offensive Line....................................................................................... 2017

San Diego Chargers.................................................................................. 2016

      Offensive Line....................................................................................... 2016

Minnesota Vikings.................................................................................... 2011-15

      Offensive Line....................................................................................... 2011-15

Carolina Panthers...................................................................................... 2007-10

      Offensive Coordinator....................................................................... 2007-10

Cleveland Browns...................................................................................... 2005-06

      Asst. Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator................................. 2006

      Offensive Line....................................................................................... 2005

New England Patriots.............................................................................. 1997-2004

      Offensive Line/Tight Ends............................................................... 2002-04

      Asst. Offensive Line........................................................................... 1998-2001

      Tight Ends.............................................................................................. 1997       

New Orleans Saints.................................................................................. 1995-96

      Volunteer Assistant........................................................................... 1995-96

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