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Amos Jones
Special Teams Coordinator

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Amos Jones was named special teams coordinator on Jan. 24, 2018. He has 37 years of experience as a coach on the high school, college and professional levels.

Jones served as the special teams coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals from 2013-17.  During his five seasons at Arizona, Jones helped Justin Bethel (2013-15) and Budda Baker (2017) to Pro Bowl selections as special teams players. In 2014, kicker Chandler Catanzaro tied the NFL record for the most consecutive field goals to begin a career with 17 and set a Cardinals rookie record with 114 points. In 2013, punter Dave Zastudil tied for the NFL lead with 35 punts inside the 20-yard line.

Prior to Arizona, Jones spent six seasons in Pittsburgh. He spent his first five seasons (2007-11) as assistant special teams coach and 2012 as special teams coach. He helped the Steelers win Super Bowl XLIII. Jones helped develop Antonio Brown who set a franchise record in 2011 with 2,048 all-purpose yards with 1,062 yards coming from returns. Brown earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl as a kick returner following the 2011 season. In 2009, the Steelers led the NFL with a franchise record 1,581 return yards. In 2008, Pittsburgh had the NFL’s top kickoff coverage unit. 

Jones spent three seasons with Mississippi State as special teams/linebackers coach (2004-05) and outside linebackers coach (2006). He was the tight ends and special teams coach at James Madison in 2003. From 1999-02, Jones served as the special teams and running backs coach at the University of Cincinnati. He helped Jonathan Ruffin earn the Lou Groza Award as the nation’s top kicker in 2000.

Jones also has collegiate coaching stops at Tulane (1995-96), Pittsburgh (1992), Alabama (1981-82, 1990-91,) and Temple (1983-88). He coached on the high school level in 1989, 1993-94 and 1998. In 1997, Jones was an assistant coach for British Columbia of the Canadian Football League.

A former player at Alabama (1978-80), Jones played safety and running back under head coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. He helped Alabama to back-to-back national championships in 1978-79 as the team recorded a 23-1 record during that span.

Jones earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Alabama. He is a native of Aliceville, Ala. 

Jones and his wife, Stacy, have a daughter, Samantha, and three sons, Joshua, Nathan and Jeremy.

Amos Jones’ Coaching Background:

1981-82           University of Alabama, graduate assistant
1983-88           Temple University, special teams coordinator/defensive line coach/tight ends coach
1989                Shades Valley High School (Ala.), head coach
1990-91           University of Alabama, special teams coordinator
1992                University of Pittsburgh, kicking game coordinator
1993-94           Eau Gallie High School (Fla.), assistant coach
1995-96           Tulane University, linebackers coach
1997                British Columbia Lions, assistant coach
1998                East St. John High School (La.), head coach
1999-02           University of Cincinnati, special teams coordinator/running backs coach
2003                James Madison University, special teams coordinator/tight ends coach
2004-05           Mississippi State University, linebackers coach/special teams coordinator
2006                Mississippi State University, outside linebackers coach/special teams coordinator
2007-11           Pittsburgh Steelers, assistant special teams coach
2012                Pittsburgh Steelers, special teams coach
2013-17           Arizona Cardinals, special teams coordinator
2018-               Cleveland Browns, special teams coordinator

Amos Jones was named special teams coordinator on Jan. 24, 2018. He has 37 years of experience as a coach on the high school, college and professional levels.

Jones served as the special teams coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals from 2013-17.  During his five seasons at Arizona, Jones helped Justin Bethel (2013-15) and Budda Baker (2017) to Pro Bowl selections as special teams players. In 2014, kicker Chandler Catanzaro tied the NFL record for the most consecutive field goals to begin a career with 17 and set a Cardinals rookie record with 114 points. In 2013, punter Dave Zastudil tied for the NFL lead with 35 punts inside the 20-yard line.

Prior to Arizona, Jones spent six seasons in Pittsburgh. He spent his first five seasons (2007-11) as assistant special teams coach and 2012 as special teams coach. He helped the Steelers win Super Bowl XLIII. Jones helped develop Antonio Brown who set a franchise record in 2011 with 2,048 all-purpose yards with 1,062 yards coming from returns. Brown earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl as a kick returner following the 2011 season. In 2009, the Steelers led the NFL with a franchise record 1,581 return yards. In 2008, Pittsburgh had the NFL’s top kickoff coverage unit. 

Jones spent three seasons with Mississippi State as special teams/linebackers coach (2004-05) and outside linebackers coach (2006). He was the tight ends and special teams coach at James Madison in 2003. From 1999-02, Jones served as the special teams and running backs coach at the University of Cincinnati. He helped Jonathan Ruffin earn the Lou Groza Award as the nation’s top kicker in 2000.

Jones also has collegiate coaching stops at Tulane (1995-96), Pittsburgh (1992), Alabama (1981-82, 1990-91,) and Temple (1983-88). He coached on the high school level in 1989, 1993-94 and 1998. In 1997, Jones was an assistant coach for British Columbia of the Canadian Football League.

A former player at Alabama (1978-80), Jones played safety and running back under head coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. He helped Alabama to back-to-back national championships in 1978-79 as the team recorded a 23-1 record during that span.

Jones earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Alabama. He is a native of Aliceville, Ala. 

Jones and his wife, Stacy, have a daughter, Samantha, and three sons, Joshua, Nathan and Jeremy.

Amos Jones’ Coaching Background:

1981-82           University of Alabama, graduate assistant
1983-88           Temple University, special teams coordinator/defensive line coach/tight ends coach
1989                Shades Valley High School (Ala.), head coach
1990-91           University of Alabama, special teams coordinator
1992                University of Pittsburgh, kicking game coordinator
1993-94           Eau Gallie High School (Fla.), assistant coach
1995-96           Tulane University, linebackers coach
1997                British Columbia Lions, assistant coach
1998                East St. John High School (La.), head coach
1999-02           University of Cincinnati, special teams coordinator/running backs coach
2003                James Madison University, special teams coordinator/tight ends coach
2004-05           Mississippi State University, linebackers coach/special teams coordinator
2006                Mississippi State University, outside linebackers coach/special teams coordinator
2007-11           Pittsburgh Steelers, assistant special teams coach
2012                Pittsburgh Steelers, special teams coach
2013-17           Arizona Cardinals, special teams coordinator
2018-               Cleveland Browns, special teams coordinator

 

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