5 things to understand about new Jets DC Jeff Ulbrich
The Jets officially revealed on Thursday that Jeff Ulbrich will be the group’s protective planner
Ulbrich most recently served as the Falcons defensive planner. He spent 6 seasons in Atlanta, working in numerous roles. Ulbrich and Robert Saleh were presented to one another during their time in Seattle, discovering under Seahawks head coach Pete Caroll. Now, almost a decade later, the two will work together to configure Gang Green’s defense, which Saleh pointed to being a mix of San Francisco and Seattle’s.
Now that Ulbrich is officially a Jets coach, let’s learn more about him a bit better.
Experienced protective planner.
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Saleh revealed Thursday that Ulbrich will call New York’s plays as the team’s defensive planner.
Ulbrich was most recently Atlanta’s protective coordinator. He was promoted to that function when Raheem Morris became the Falcons interim head coach in October. Back in 2019, Ulbrich started to share play-calling duties with Morris, where he would call plays on first and 2nd downs while Morris would call plays on 3rd downs and in two-minute circumstances.
Before his remain in Atlanta, Ulbrich’s only previous experience as a DC came at UCLA in 2014. Under Ulbrich’s assistance, the unit ranked 3rd in the Pac-12 in total defense while 7 of the group’s protectors made very first or second-team all-conference honors.
Former NFL gamer.
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After starring at the University of Hawaii, Ulbrich was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2000 NFL draft by the 49ers.
The linebacker invested 10 seasons in San Francisco prior to calling it quits, pointing out a concussion that he suffered late in the 2009 season. In 120 profession video games, Ulbrich recorded 429 overall deals with, 5.5 sacks, five required fumbles and two interceptions.
Special teams success.
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Ulbrich received his first organizer gig at the college level. In 2012, he became UCLA’s special team’s planner, in addition to being the Bruins’ assistant head coach and linebackers coach.
No group in the nation blocked more kicks or punts (12) than the Bruins from 2012-2013. UCLA ranked 5th nationally in kickoff returns in 2013, balancing 25.73 yards on 44 returns. UCLA also ranked second in kickoff protection in the Pac-12 and 19th nationally, enabling just 18.9 yards per return.
Work with linebackers.
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If there’s anything Ulbrich can hang his hat on, it’s his ability to get the most out of the linebacker position. This flourished at UCLA and in Atlanta.
In 2014, Eric Kendricks, now of the Minnesota Vikings, won The Butkus Award, which is given yearly to the country’s best linebacker. Kendricks led the country in solo takes on per video game and finished sixth in the nation in overall takes on. In addition to Kendricks, Ulbrich assisted develop Anthony Barr (Vikings) and Myles Jack (Jaguars) into a few of the better linebacker potential customers in the nation.
Falcons players like Deion Jones and De’Vondre Campbell progressed into every-down beginners under Ulbrich. Campbell left for Arizona following the 2019 season, while Jones has now gone four straight seasons with over 100 takes on. Jones made the Pro Bowl in 2017, recording 138 total takes on and three interceptions, which tied for initially amongst linebackers.
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Ulbrich did the back half of his college career in design, choosing to attend Hawaii after stints at San Jose State and Gavilan College.
Ulbrich was a two-year starter for the Rainbow Warriors from 1998-1999. He set a school record with 169 deals with in 1999. He was also an All-WAC first-team choice and team captain his senior year.