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Mike Rutenberg

Biography

In his fifth season with the club, Mike Rutenberg was named defensive assistant for the Jaguars on January 22, 2016 after serving as the team’s assistant defensive backs coach since February 7, 2013.

In his fifth season with the club, Mike Rutenberg was named defensive assistant for the Jaguars on January 22, 2016 after serving as the team’s assistant defensive backs coach since February 7, 2013.

The Jaguars drafted CB Jalen Ramsey with the third overall pick in the 2016 draft and finished his rookie campaign impressively. The rookie shutdown corner led all NFL rookies with 14 passes defensed. Ramsey joined S Marcus Peters as the only rookie CBs over the last eight seasons to register 50-plus tackles, one pick-six and one forced fumble during their inaugural year. Ramsey, who held receivers to 50 or fewer receiving yards in coverage in 10 of 16 games, was tasked with following the opponents’ number one wideout on six occasions in 2016: Baltimore WR Steve Smith, Indianapolis WR T.Y. Hilton, Chicago WR Alshon Jeffrey, Oakland WR Amari Cooper and Houston WR DeAndre Hopkins (twice).

Prior to the 2015 season, the team signed fifth-year CB Davon House, who made an immediate impact in the defensive backfield. Rutenberg helped House set a Jaguars single-season record with a career-high 23 passes defensed, surpassing the longstanding mark held by Rashean Mathis (21 in 2004 and 2006). House’s’ 23 passes defensed were tied for the fifth-most by an NFL player since 2011 and third-most in the NFL in 2015.

Rutenberg has worked closely with a group of young defensive backs the last three seasons. The Jaguars have drafted eight defensive backs in that span with Johnathan Cyprien (2013, strong safety), Josh Evans (2013, free safety), Dwayne Gratz (2013, cornerback), Jeremy Harris (2013, cornerback), Demetrius McCray (2013, cornerback), Aaron Colvin (2014, cornerback), James Sample (2015, safety) and Jalen Ramsey (2016, cornerback). Cyprien led the team with 111 tackles (77 solo) in 2014, third-most among all NFL defensive backs, and ranked seventh among NFL DBs with 107 tackles (77 solo) in 2015.

Rutenberg played a vital role in the development of the team’s young secondary in 2013, which featured three rookie starters in Cyprien, Evans and Gratz. Cyprien finished second on the team and rst among NFL rookie defensive backs with 98 tackles and added two forced fumbles and one interception.

In 2012, Rutenberg served as defensive backs coach at New Mexico State and added the responsibility of pass game coordinator. In 2011 he guided the group to nine interceptions and 32 passes defensed. DB Jonte Green was a second-team All-WAC selection, while S Donyae Coleman earned rst-team honors. Coleman led the Aggies with 133 tackles and posted a team-high six interceptions which led the conference and tied for seventh in the nation.

Under Rutenberg’s tutelage in 2010, DB Davon House earned first team all-WAC honors for the second straight season after leading the team with two interceptions. He was also named to the 2011 Senior Bowl and was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

In 2009, Rutenberg shared secondary coaching duties but focused on the team’s safeties. S Stephon Hatchett ranked third on the team in tackles with 98, including one interception and eight passes defensed. The Aggie defensive back field ranked No. 36 in the nation, giving up just 202.9 yards passing per game.

Prior to joining the New Mexico State staff, Rutenberg spent three years (2006-08) at UCLA where he was the Bruins’ defensive intern and graduate assistant.

Rutenberg served as the assistant to Washington Redskins Head Coach Joe Gibbs from 2004-05. He served as a player personnel intern and assistant in 2003 and assistant for the Redskins.

Rutenberg, born Oct. 29, 1981, received his bachelor’s degree from Cornell in 2003. He and his wife, Stacey, reside in Jacksonville.

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