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Jeff Howard
Defensive Assistant

BIOGRAPHY

Jeff Howard completed his 5th season with the Vikings in 2017. Howard assists the coaching staff with preparation and have a more hands-on role on the defensive side of the ball, specifically helping the LB corp.

In the club’s 2nd season under Head Coach Mike Zimmer, the Vikings defense continued to improve in every statistical category helping Minnesota to its 1st playoff berth since 2012. Howard aided the Viking defense which allowed the 5th-fewest point (18.9 ppg) during the 2015 regular season and forced 22 turnovers, jumping from 25th in the league in turnovers in 2014 to 19th in 2015. Six Viking defenders received recognition during the 2015 campaign highlighted by 6th-year DE Everson Griffen, 4th-year S Harrison Smith and 2nd-year LB Anthony Barr being named to the Pro Bowl. Additionally, DT Linval Joseph was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his Week 9 performance against the Rams, LB Eric Kendricks received NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month praise from the league for the month of October and CB Terence Newman was named the Week 10 NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his 2 INT performance at Oakland.

Jeff Howard completed his 5th season with the Vikings in 2017. Howard assists the coaching staff with preparation and have a more hands-on role on the defensive side of the ball, specifically helping the LB corp.

In the club’s 2nd season under Head Coach Mike Zimmer, the Vikings defense continued to improve in every statistical category helping Minnesota to its 1st playoff berth since 2012. Howard aided the Viking defense which allowed the 5th-fewest point (18.9 ppg) during the 2015 regular season and forced 22 turnovers, jumping from 25th in the league in turnovers in 2014 to 19th in 2015. Six Viking defenders received recognition during the 2015 campaign highlighted by 6th-year DE Everson Griffen, 4th-year S Harrison Smith and 2nd-year LB Anthony Barr being named to the Pro Bowl. Additionally, DT Linval Joseph was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his Week 9 performance against the Rams, LB Eric Kendricks received NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month praise from the league for the month of October and CB Terence Newman was named the Week 10 NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his 2 INT performance at Oakland.

During the 2014 season, the Vikings defense improved from 32nd in points per game in 2013 to 13th in points per game in 2014. Minnesota also improved its passing yards per game from 31st in the league in 2013 to 7th in 2014. From 2013 to 2014, the Vikings allowed 113 fewer points, the largest scoring defense improvement in the NFL.

Howard transitioned from his on-field playing days at Eastern New Mexico, where he earned All-American honors for his play and academics, to coaching at Odessa Permian HS in Odessa, TX. Howard was on staff from 2007-10 where he assisted the secondary and linebackers before becoming the defensive coordinator in 2009-10. Howard was on the Texas Tech staff from 2011-12 serving in the defensive quality control role in 2011 and coached the safety position in 2012.

Howard played LB for Eastern New Mexico from 2001-04 and was a 4-time Academic All-Lone Star Conference member. Howard earned 1st Team All-Lone Star Conference honors as a LB in 2003-04 while capping his career by being named a 2004 AFCA Division II All-American and graduating Cum Laude with degree in biology and chemistry. Howard had his jersey retired by Eastern New Mexico in 2006 and entered ENMU Hall of Honor in 2011.