COACHES
Matt Raich
Defensive Assistant/Defensive Ends

Biography

Matt Raich is in his fourth season with the Lions, including his second as the team’s assistant defensive line coach. Together with Lions Defensive Line Coach Kris Kocurek, Raich has helped craft a defensive unit that prides itself on applying consistent pressure to opposing offenses through a relentless rotation of talent along the defensive line.

Matt Raich is in his fourth season with the Lions, including his second as the team’s assistant defensive line coach. Together with Lions Defensive Line Coach Kris Kocurek, Raich has helped craft a defensive unit that prides itself on applying consistent pressure to opposing offenses through a relentless rotation of talent along the defensive line.

(2007-2012), where he served various assistant positions Raich has coached 15 years in the NFL, including stints with the Pittsburgh Steelers (2002-06) and Arizona Cardinals.

LIONS COACHING HIGHLIGHTS

2016: The Lions defensive line saw new faces surface in 2016, as first-year DE Kerry Hyder emerged to lead the team in sacks after spending the previous season as a member of the practice squad. Hyder recorded two multi-sack games in 2016 and earned the team’s Chuck Hughes Most Improved Player Award.

  • With one sack at the New York Giants (12/18), DE Ezekiel Ansah notched his 31st career sack with the Lions and established a new high among Lions defensive players in their first four seasons. He passed the previous best of 30.0 set by DE Cliff Avril from 2008-11, and concluded his total at 32.0 for the season.
  • The Lions finished the 2016 season tied for fifth in pass defenses by defensive linemen (12), as rookie DT A’Shawn Robinson ranked third individually in that category with seven.

2015: Raich worked alongside defensive line coach Kris Kocurek to develop young ends Ezekiel Ansah and Devin Taylor into one of the leading sack tandems in the NFL. Ansah (14.5) and Taylor (7) combined for 21.5 sacks in 2015, the most for Lions teammates since 1999.

  • Ansah molded into one of the most feared pass rushers in the NFL in 2015, finishing third in the league in sacks with 14.5, trailing only Houston’s J.J. Watt (17.5) and Oakland’s Khalil Mack (15.0).
  • Ansah's +7 sack improvement from 2014 (7.5) is tied with Houston's Whitney Mercilus for the fifth-best sack increase from 2014 to 2015.

From 2007-2012 Raich coached the Arizona Cardinals linebacker corps after beginning his tenure with the team as a defensive assistant, where he worked with some of Arizona’s all-time greats that included DE Bertrand Berry, LB Karlos Dansby, LB Chike Okeafor, LB Joey Porter and LB Daryl Washington. Berry, Dansby, Okeafor and Washington all rank in the Top-15 for career sacks in Cardinals history, while Porter, who finished his NFL career in Arizona (2010-11), ranks 32nd in NFL history with 98 sacks. In 2012, Washington was named to the Pro Bowl under Raich’s guidance as he recorded the most sacks/tackles in the NFL by an inside linebacker (9 sacks/134 tackles) since the record began in 1994. In his six seasons in Arizona, Raich helped a Cardinals linebacker reach 100-plus tackles in a single season five times (Dansby, 2009; Washington, 2010 and 2012; LB Paris Lenin, 2010 and 2012), and he was a member of the franchise’s only Super Bowl appearance in Super Bowl XLIII.

After working as a player personnel intern with the Steelers for two seasons (2002-03), Raich earned his first NFL coaching gig as an offensive assistant with the team in 2004, where he worked under former offensive coordinator and current Tennessee Titans Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt for three seasons. He was a member of the Steelers’ Super Bowl Championship in Super Bowl XL when Pittsburgh defeated Seattle, 21-10.

Raich’s previous coaching stops include assistant coach positions at Robert Morris (2000-02; 1996-98), Glenville State (1999) and Westminster (Pa.) College (1993-94). He was also the defensive coordinator for the Hildesheim Invaders of the former German Federal League in 1999.

Raich was born August 16, 1970. A Monaca, Pa. native, he is married to his wife, Amanda. Together they have a daughter, Seraphina.

RAICH’S COACHING BACKGROUND

Detroit Lions................................................................ 2014-

      Assistant Defensive Line......................................... 2016-

      Defensive Assistant/Defensive Ends....................... 2015-

      Defensive Quality Control........................................ 2014

Duquesne..................................................................... 2013

      Linebackers............................................................. 2013

Arizona Cardinals........................................................ 2007-2012

      Linebackers............................................................. 2009-2012

      Defensive Assistant................................................. 2007-08

Pittsburgh Steelers...................................................... 2002-06

      Offensive Assistant.................................................. 2004-06

      Player Personnel Intern........................................... 2002-03

Robert Morris............................................................... 2000-02

      Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator.................. 2000-02

Hildesheim Invaders (German Federal League)....... 1999

      Defensive Coordinator............................................. 1999

Glenville State............................................................. 1999

      Assistant Coach...................................................... 1999

Robert Morris............................................................... 1996-98

      Assistant Coach...................................................... 1996-98

Westminster (Pa.) College.......................................... 1993-94

      Assistant Coach...................................................... 1993-94

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