LIONS COACHING HIGHLIGHTS:
In 2008, Burke helped coach the Tennessee Titans to an NFL best 13-3 record and rank seventh in overall defense with 4,698 yards allowed as well as third in offensive points allowed with 227. In his first two seasons with the Titans, he worked as an administrative assistant in the football department assisting the coaching staff with scouting breakdowns during the week and on gamedays. Burke was promoted to defensive assistant/quality control coach in 2006. He was primarily responsible for breaking down film on upcoming opponents and self-scouting, also conducting on-field work with the linebackers.
Prior to joining the Titans, Burke was the assistant secondary coach for one season (2003) at Harvard, originally entering the college ranks at Boston College (2000) as a graduate assistant for recruiting before working with the defense from 2001-02. His first coaching position came at Bridgton Academy (Maine), where he worked in 1998 and 1999.
A native of Hudson, Massachusetts, Burke played safety at Dartmouth and was part of an undefeated Ivy League champion team in 1996.
BURKE'S COACHING BACKGROUND
Detroit Lions 2009 - present
• Linebackers 2009 - present
Tennessee Titans 2004-08
• Defensive asst. /Quality Control 2006-08
• Administrative Asst. 2004-05
• Asst. Secondary/Cornerbacks 2003
Boston College 2000-02
• Graduate Assistant 2000-02
Bridgton Academy (Maine) 1998-99
• Secondary 1998-99
Fifth-year veteran Ashlee Palmer and second-year pros Travis Lewis and Tahir Whitehead competing for a starting spot at outside linebacker
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