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Coaching Staff LINEBACKERS 8th season in NFL ■ 1st season with Raiders Sal Sunseri enters his first season with the Silver and Black as linebackers coach, bringing 31 years of coaching experience. He begins his eighth season in the NFL after spending the past two years coaching the defensive line and serving as the head coach of defense at Florida State. Sunseri helped Florida State complete a 13-1 Rose Bowl campaign in 2014 and an undefeated (14-0) BCS National Championship season in 2013. Following the 2013 season, Sunseri was promoted to head coach of defense while continuing to serve as defensive ends coach. The 2014 Seminole defense was key to Florida State’s school- and ACC-record 29-game winning streak, which tied for the 12th-longest streak in NCAA history. Seven FSU defenders were named to the All-ACC team in 2014, including first-team junior DE Mario Edwards, Jr. Edwards, Jr. led the team with 11 tackles for loss and also had three sacks, five passes defensed and two forced fumbles. Overall, Florida State went 28-1 with Sunseri as an assistant coach, as he joined the team prior to the 2013 Orange Bowl. The 2013 National Championship marked Sunseri’s third BCS title in five years, following his 2009 and 2011 championship runs at Alabama. The defensive ends, coached by Sunseri, had monumental success in 2013. Christian Jones and Edwards, Jr. helped the Noles finish first in the country in passing yards allowed, allowing just 156.6 yards per game. The Seminole defense also ranked No. 1 in scoring defense (12.1 points per game) and No. 3 in total defense (281.4 yards per game). Jones collected All-ACC second-team accolades and finished with 56 tackles, eight tackles for loss and a team-best six quarterback pressures, while Edwards, Jr. was named to the All-ACC Third Team and finished with 28 tackles, including 9.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. His finest performance came in the BCS National Championship Game against Auburn, where he totaled a careerbest three tackles for loss and had one sack. Jones signed with the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent following the 2013 NFL Draft and went on to appear in all 16 games for the Bears with five starts. Sunseri served as Tennessee’s defensive coordinator in 2012. With the Vols, Sunseri coached two of the nation’s top defensive players in LB A.J. Johnson and CB Byron Moore. Johnson was fourth in the nation and led the SEC with an average of 11.5 tackles per game. Moore was tied for 11th in the nation in interceptions, leading the SEC in that category. Prior to Tennessee, Sunseri spent three years as the assistant head coach and linebackers coach at the University of Alabama under Nick Saban, including the OFFENSIVE LINE 33rd season in NFL (14 as a player) ■ 1st season with Raiders 40 Gameday MAGAZINE 2009 and 2011 National Championship teams. The 2011 Crimson Tide outside linebackers flourished under Sunseri and contributed to the overall success of the defense. Lombardi and Butkus Award finalist OLB Courtney Upshaw led the way with 17 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks, which ranked second and fourth, respectively, in the SEC. Sunseri was also recognized individually for his contributions when he was named a finalist for the Broyles Award, presented to the nation’s top assistant coach. In 2010, Sunseri continued to build on his solid foundation from the National Championship season. The defensive unit ranked third in the country in scoring defense and fifth in total defense. Sophomore LB Dont’a Hightower garnered second-team All- SEC honors with 69 tackles and nine quarterback hurries. Upshaw led the Tide with 14.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks, and was named the MVP of the Capital One Bowl. In Sunseri’s first season at Alabama in 2009, he helped guide the Tide to the National Championship behind a dominant defense that ranked second nationally in four major categories: rushing defense, pass efficiency defense, total defense and scoring defense. The Alabama defense generated 32 sacks and 98 tackles for loss, despite losing Hightower to an early-season injury. Alabama was also well-represented on the Associated Press All-American team with three defenders earning first-team honors, including Butkus winner LB Rolando McClain. Sunseri spent seven years (2002-08) with the Carolina Panthers under then-head coach John Fox, a tenure that included the franchise’s lone NFC Championship and Super Bowl appearance. He joined the Panthers as a defensive assistant in 2002, then took over as defensive line coach in 2003. His defensive line with the Panthers was regarded as one of the best in the NFL. DEs Julius Peppers and Mike Rucker and DT Kris Jenkins earned Pro Bowl honors during his tenure. Sunseri produced at least one Pro Bowl defensive lineman five times as the line coach. The Panthers were among the top 10 in the NFL in fewest yards allowed in four of his seven seasons. Prior to his time at Carolina, Sunseri worked as the linebackers coach and special teams coordinator at Michigan State in 2001 after spending 2000 on Saban’s LSU staff in the same capacity. He was the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Alabama A&M in 1998 and 1999 after three seasons as the linebackers coach at Louisville. Sunseri’s climb of the coaching ladder included one-year stops at Illinois State (1994) and Iowa Wesleyan (1993). He broke into coaching at his alma mater, Pittsburgh, in 1985 and directed the defensive line and linebackers before being named assistant head coach in 1992. Sal SUNSERI Mike Tice joins the Silver and Black as offensive line coach, bringing 18 years of NFL coaching experience, including eight seasons as an offensive line coach and four as a head coach. During the 2014 campaign, Tice held the same position with the Atlanta Falcons. Despite losing five offensive linemen to season-ending injuries and working with five different line combinations that included three starting centers, one of which was an undrafted rookie, and three right tackles, the unit gave up just 31 sacks on the season, helping QB Matt Ryan finish second in the league with 415 completions. Tice’s line blocked for an offense that ranked eighth in the NFL in total offense (378.2 yards per game) and fifth in passing yards per game (284.6). Prior to joining the Falcons coaching staff, Tice served as the Bears’ offensive line coach for two seasons before being promoted to offensive coordinator in 2012. In 2011, Chicago’s offensive line helped the Bears produce 2,015 rushing yards, which was the second time the club eclipsed 2,000 rushing yards in the last 22 seasons. Additionally, the Bears 4.4 yards per carry was the franchise’s highest single-season mark since 1990. Tice spent the previous four seasons in Jacksonville as assistant head coach, also serving as the tight ends coach for his last three years with the club under Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio. In his first two seasons with the Jaguars, the club’s rushing attack had two of the most productive seasons in team history, gaining 2,541 yards in 2006 and 2,391 yards in 2007, first and third, respectively, in team annals. In 2007, the Jaguars set franchise records in points (411), yards per play (5.6) and touchdowns (50) en route to a playoff berth and a victory over the Steelers in the AFC Divisional Playoff round. Before landing in Jacksonville, Tice spent 14 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings as a player and coach, serving his final four-plus years there as head coach after taking over as interim head coach for the final game of the 2001 campaign. He became the first Vikings player to go on to serve as head coach. In his four-plus seasons as head coach, Tice compiled a 32-33 (.492) record with a 1-1 mark in the playoffs. Also in his tenure as head coach, the Vikings offense set the NFL record for most consecutive games with 300-plus yards of offense, a feat accomplished over 36 games between September 29, 2002 and October 31, 2004. Tice led the Vikings to the playoffs in 2004 and their first road playoff victory in franchise history with a win at Green Bay, joining Jerry Burns as the only coaches in club history to win their playoff debuts. The Vikings set a team record in 2004 for net yards (6,339) and passing yards (4,754). QB Daunte Culpepper set numerous club passing records and produced one of the finest seasons in NFL history by a quarterback. The Vikings finished with a winning record in 2003 for the first time since 2000. The Vikings led the NFL in offense for the first time in their history and sent four players to the Pro Bowl. In Tice’s first season as head coach in 2002, the Vikings led the NFL in rushing for the first time in team history with 2,507 yards. Before being promoted to interim head coach, Tice served as the Vikings offensive line coach from 1997-2001. As an offensive line coach, he instructed five different players – C Matt Birk, C Jeff Christy, G Randall McDaniel, G/T Todd Steussie and T Korey Stringer – to a combined 10 Pro Bowl appearances. From 1999-2000, Tice’s offensive line helped the Vikings offense record the second-most consecutive games with 300-or-more yards with 30 games. In 1998, when the Vikings scored a then-NFLrecord 556 points, three Minnesota offensive linemen were named Pro Bowl starters. Tice began his NFL coaching career with the Vikings in 1996 as a tight ends coach. Mike Tice


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