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Joe Danna
Assistant Secondary Coach

Biography

Joe Danna was hired as the assistant defensive backs coach on January 23, 2017. He is entering his 10th season of coaching in the NFL after spending the previous two seasons as the defensive backs coach with the New York Jets.

Joe Danna was hired as the assistant defensive backs coach on January 23, 2017. He is entering his 10th season of coaching in the NFL after spending the previous two seasons as the defensive backs coach with the New York Jets.

In his second season with the Jets in 2016, CB Marcus Gilchrist and CB Marcus Williams tied for the team lead with two INTs apiece. The unit also saw six players finish with at least five passes defensed, including Williams (six), S Calvin Pryor (six), CB Buster Skrine (six), CB Darryl Roberts (six), CB Darrelle Revis (five) and CB Juston Burris (five).

In 2015, Danna joined the New York Jets as the defensive backs coach and helped Williams lead the team in INTs, picking off six passes despite playing in fewer than 27 percent of the defensive snaps. Pryor registered career highs in tackles (71) and passes defensed (six) during the 2015 season. Under Danna’s direction, Revis, who returned to the club in 2015, registered nine takeaways (five interceptions and four fumble recoveries), the most of any CB in the league and his most INTs since 2009. Danna’s unit tripled its INT total from the previous season, as the defensive backs produced all 18 of the team’s INTs in 2015 (fifth-most in the NFL), improving their 2014 total of six (tied for 30th).

In 2008, Danna secured his first coaching opportunity in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons, where he served as a defensive assistant for two seasons (2008-09). Danna then spent the following two seasons (2010-11) with the Miami Dolphins as the assistant defensive backs coach before returning to Atlanta as the defensive backs coach for the 2012-14 seasons.

From 2006-07, Danna made stints at Georgia Southern (2006) and James Madison University (2007), serving as the defensive backs coach with both collegiate programs.

After his playing career, Danna served as a graduate assistant for two seasons at his alma mater, Central Michigan. As a graduate assistant, Danna spent the 1999-2000 seasons as the assistant defensive backs coach while also assisting with recruiting, scouting, weight training, conditioning and video coordination. In 2001, Danna served as the graduate assistant at the University of Georgia, working with the Bulldogs’ defense, before returning to Central Michigan from 2002-2005, working in different capacities, including wide receivers coach (2002, 2005) and safeties coach (2003-04).

As a player, Danna was a four-year letterman and two-year starter at WR for Central Michigan. Danna earned several accolades during his time as a player, including Scholar Athlete of the Year, Special Teams Player of the Year, the team’s Leadership and Motivation Award and First-Team Mid-American Academic recognition.

Danna earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education and social studies with a language arts minor from Central Michigan. The Midland, Mich., native and his wife, Nicole, have two sons, Luke and Zack, and a daughter, Lindsey.

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