Here is part two in our series about familiar names from NFL playing days that spent all or part of the season as an assistant coach on the sidelines during 2010.
Jason Garrett – Dallas Cowboys
Jason Garrett had a successful college career as the quarterback for Princeton. He went on to a career in the pros that saw him see time as a spot starter and backup for a few teams. Today, he is the Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys. After Wade Phillips was fired as head coach, Garrett was promoted to Interim Head Coach. Following the season, the Interim tag was removed from his title.
Tim Lewis – Atlanta Falcons
Tim Lewis was a first round draft pick out of the University of Pittsburgh in 1983 for the Green Bay Packers and played well for them for four seasons before having his career cut short by a serious injury on Monday Night Football in 1986. Today, he is the Secondary Coach for the Atlanta Falcons.
Bernie Parmalee – Kansas City Chiefs
Bernie Parmalee played running back for and was a good contributor for the Miami Dolphins. His teammates probably weren’t shocked that he went into coaching. He is now the Tight Ends Coach for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Wendell Davis – San Francisco 49ers
Wendell Davis was an electrifying wide receiver during his days running down the sidelines with the Chicago Bears. He is now the Assistant Wide Receivers Coach for the San Francisco 49ers.
Shawn Jefferson – Detroit Lions
Shawn Jefferson had some very good years in the NFL as a wide receiver for the San Diego Chargers, New England Patriots, Atlanta Falcons and the Detroit Lions. Today, he is the Wide Receivers Coach for the Detroit Lions.
Doug Pederson – Philadelphia Eagles
Doug Pederson was a backup and sometime starter at quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers. Now he is the Offensive Quality Control Coach for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Jerry Gray – Seattle Seahawks
Jerry Gray was an exceptional defensive back for the Los Angeles Rams. He was a difference maker who could neutralize the opposing team’s best receiver. Today he is trying to teach those skills as the defensive backs coach of the Seattle Seahawks.
Earnest Byner – Jacksonville Jaguars
Earnest Byner was a very productive running back for the Cleveland Browns during the mid to late 1980’s and into the 1990’s. He would go into coaching following his playing days and is currently the running backs coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Leslie Frazier – Minnesota Vikings
Leslie Frazier made his name as one of the brash defensive players on the 1980’s Chicago Bears team. The former defensive back now instructs other players on defensive skills and strategy as the defensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings. After head coach Brad Childress was fired during the 2010 season, Frazier took over as the head coach of the team.
Kevin Greene – Green Bay Packers
During his playing days, Kevin Greene was a wild man on the defensive units of the Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Carolina Panthers. He even spent some time as a professional wrestler in World Championship Wrestling too. Currently, he is the outside linebackers coach for the Packers.
Greg Biekert – Oakland Raiders
Greg Biekert was part of a very good Los Angeles Raiders linebacker corps during the mid to late 1990’s and today he is trying to pass that knowledge onto today’s players. He does that now as a Assistant Coach on Defense for the team he starred for, the Oakland Raiders.
Henry Ellard – New York Jets
Henry Ellard had a great career for the Los Angeles Rams where he was though of as one of the best receivers in the league for a few years. He would also play for a couple of other teams while in the NFL before going into coaching. He is right now the Wide Receivers Coach for the New York Jets.
Nolan Cromwell – St. Louis Rams
One of the toughest defensive backs the Los Angeles Rams had was Nolan Cromwell. His toughness was legendary around the league. Today, he is the wide receivers coach for the St. Louis Rams.