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This is a 2024 photo of defensive coordinator Ryan Nelson of the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL football team. This image reflects the active roster as of Tuesday, February 20, 2024 when this image was taken.

Ryan Nielsen

Defensive Coordinator

College: University of Southern California

Hometown: Simi Valley, California


Ryan Nielsen enters his first season as defensive coordinator for the Jaguars and his eighth season coaching in the NFL. 

Nielsen spent the 2023 season with the Atlanta Falcons as defensive coordinator, where the defense finished the regular season tied for the second-most forced fumbles in the NFL (18) and ranked ninth in total tackles across the league (1,076). Neilsen coached S Jessie Bates III, who earned 2023 Pro Bowl honors, as well as Week 1 and Week 12 NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors. Bates III also became the second player since 2000 to record double-digit tackles, two interceptions and a forced fumble in a single game, joining Nedu Ndukwe in 2007. Under Nielsen's lead, the Falcons ended the regular season as the third Falcon's unit since 2000 to record 40+ sacks in a season.