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Bobby King

Bobby King enters his first season as linebackers coach with the Houston Texans in 2017. This is his second stint with the team after spending 2011-13 on staff. The 2017 season will be his eighth overall year coaching in the NFL.

Bobby King enters his first season as linebackers coach with the Houston Texans in 2017. This is his second stint with the team after spending 2011-13 on staff. The 2017 season will be his eighth overall year coaching in the NFL.

King spent the last three seasons as the assistant linebackers coach for the San Diego Chargers (now known as the Los Angeles Chargers). In 2016, rookie ILB Jatavis Brown led the Chargers with 76 total tackles (63 solo) to go along with 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, six passes defensed and eight tackles for loss in 12 games (seven starts). Second-year ILB Denzel Perryman also set his single-season career-high with 71 total tackles (55 solo), 2.0 sacks, one interception and eight tackles for loss in 12 games (11 starts). As a unit, Chargers linebackers forced the third-most fumbles in the NFL with 11 total in 2016. 

In 2015, Chargers OLB Melvin Ingram led the team and tied for 12th in the NFL with 10.5 sacks to go along with 65 total tackles (52 solo), six passes defensed, 20 quarterback hits, 14 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Additionally, ILB Manti Te’o led the team in total tackles with a single-season career-high 82 in 12 games. Chargers linebackers combined for 49 tackles for loss in 2015, second most in the NFL.

Before joining the Chargers, King spent three seasons in Houston, including two years (2012-13) as the assistant linebackers coach. During the 2013 season, Texans ILB Darryl Sharpton led the team in tackles with a single-season career-high 87. Additionally, OLB Brooks Reed posted his single-season career highs in tackles (56) and tackles for loss (nine). That season, Texans linebackers comprised three of the team’s top five leading tacklers (Sharpton, Reed and ILB Joe Mays).

In 2012, despite numerous injuries, Texans linebackers were an integral part of the NFL’s seventh-ranked defense. ILB Bradie James led the unit with 105 tackles, while veterans Tim Dobbins, Darryl Sharpton and Barrett Ruud helped shore up the middle of the defense. On the outside, rookie Whitney Mercilus tied Brooks Reed’s rookie sack record with 6.0 on the season while Reed totaled 42 tackles and 2.5 sacks despite missing four games with a groin injury. Reed also tied for the team lead with 1.5 sacks in the postseason.

King started with the Texans in 2011 as a defensive assistant coach. That season, he was part of the third-largest defensive turnaround since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger as the Texans finished the year ranked second in the league in total defense, giving up 285.7 yards per game, after giving up 376.9 yards per game and ranking 30th in 2010.

A native of Louisville, Ky., King was a three-year letter-winner and a two-year starter on the defensive line at the University of Texas-El Paso from 1998-2000. It’s also where he made his start in coaching, serving as a student assistant working with the defensive line from 2002-03.

In 2005, King landed his first full-time job as a defensive line coach at West Texas A&M where he was part of a team that captured the Lone Star Conference championship and earned the school’s first-ever NCAA Division II playoff appearance. From 2006-07, King coached at Baylor for two seasons where he worked with the defensive line as a graduate assistant before returning to West Texas A&M in 2008 as the defensive line coach for two seasons. In 2009, the Buffaloes reached their first bowl game since 1967.

King secured his first NFL job with Dallas in 2010 as the defensive quality control coach and assistant linebackers coach. He spent one season with the Cowboys where he worked directly under Reggie Herring and Wade Phillips before joining the Texans.

King and his wife, Elizabeth, have two children, son Jackson Robert and daughter Chloe Elizabeth.

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