Ted Cottrell


Position: Defensive Linemen, Linebackers

Ted Cottrell being called the FBU “Defensive Specialist” is nothing new to someone who has been a defensive specialist at every level. After a short career with the Atlanta Falcons as a linebacker, Cottrell started his career at Rutgers where he coached defense for eight years before working for the Kansas City Chiefs as their linebacker coach.

Considered an innovator of the 3-4 defense, Cottrell worked as the defensive coordinator with the New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings, San Diego Chargers and Buffalo Bills where he led the NFL in defense in 1999. While with the Vikings in 2004-2005, the Vikings finished fifth in the NFL in takeaways and earned a postseason berth. In February 2007, Cottrell became the defensive coordinator under new Chargers head coach Norv Turner. During the regular season, the Chargers led the NFL in takeaways (48), interceptions (30), and passing rating defense (70.0), the first time a Chargers team ever led in any of these categories.

During his coaching career and as one of the long serving defensive coordinator in the NFL, Coach Cottrell mastered the defensive line position, the linebacker position and the defensive back position. One of the great technicians and tacticians in the NFL on the defensive side of the ball, Cottrell has endless energy and passion for defensive coaching. He also has a passion for shaping the lives young athletes. He will serve in the new role as “Defensive Specialist” to FBU and serve as a linebacker coach.

Coaching Career

  • Rutgers University (1973-79)
  • Kansas City Chiefs (1981-82)
  • New Jersey Generals (1984-85)
  • Buffalo Bills (1986-89)
  • Phoenix Cardinals (1990-93)
  • Arizona Cardinals (1994)
  • Buffalo Bills (1995-2000)
  • New York Jets (2001-03)
  • Minnesota Vikings (2004-05)
  • San Diego Chargers (2007-08)
  • New York Sentinels (2009)

Career Highlights

  • Buffalo Bills (1995-2000) – Defensive Coordinator
  • New York Jets (2001-03) – Defensive Coordinator
  • Minnesota Vikings (2004-05) – Defensive Coordinator
  • San Diego Chargers (2007-08) – Defensive Coordinator