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Johnathan Gannon
Assistant Defensive Backs / Quality Control

BIOGRAPHY

Entering his 4th season with the Minnesota Vikings, Jonathan Gannon serves as the team’s assistant DBs coach and has helped the club climb in the NFL’s defensive rankings each season. The 2016 squad ranked #3 in total defense, the highest ranking since 1993, and sent a pair of DBs, Xavier Rhodes and Harrison Smith, to the Pro Bowl.

The Vikings ranked #6 in the NFL in 2016 in takeaways with 27 and snared 14 INTs on the season, good for 12th in the league. The Vikings ranked #4 in the NFL in opponent passer rating allowed at 83.0 and were #5 in scoring defense, allowing 18.7 points per game. Rhodes and Smith gave the Vikings their 1st CB/S duo in the Pro Bowl since Audray McMillian (CB) and Todd Scott (S) in 1992.

Entering his 4th season with the Minnesota Vikings, Jonathan Gannon serves as the team’s assistant DBs coach and has helped the club climb in the NFL’s defensive rankings each season. The 2016 squad ranked #3 in total defense, the highest ranking since 1993, and sent a pair of DBs, Xavier Rhodes and Harrison Smith, to the Pro Bowl.

The Vikings ranked #6 in the NFL in 2016 in takeaways with 27 and snared 14 INTs on the season, good for 12th in the league. The Vikings ranked #4 in the NFL in opponent passer rating allowed at 83.0 and were #5 in scoring defense, allowing 18.7 points per game. Rhodes and Smith gave the Vikings their 1st CB/S duo in the Pro Bowl since Audray McMillian (CB) and Todd Scott (S) in 1992.

The 2015 Vikings won their 1st NFC North title since 2009 and hosted a Wild Card Playoff game, highlighted by a stingy defense that jumped to #5 in the NFL in points allowed at 18.9 points per game after ranking #11 in 2014. Under Gannon’s tutelage, the Vikings secondary continued to make strides, which included S Harrison Smith receiving Pro Bowl recognition, marking the 1st time a Vikings DB has been named to the Pro Bowl since 2010 when CB Antoine Winfield received the honor.

In Gannon’s 1st season helping guide the Vikings DBs, the unit improved in a number of statistical categories, jumping from 31st in passing yards per game in 2013 to 7th during the 2014 campaign. Additionally, the Vikings DBs recorded 12 interceptions during the 2014 campaign, doubling their 2013 total of six interceptions. The Vikings defense posted the league’s largest defensive improvement from 2013 to 2014, as the unit allowed 113 fewer points than it did in 2013.

Gannon came to the Vikings after spending the 2012 and 2013 seasons as the Titans defensive quality control coach under current Vikings DBs coach Jerry Gray.

From 2009-11, Gannon worked in personnel for the St. Louis Rams. He started as a college scout with the Rams, working for National Football Scouting in 2009 and 2010, before serving as a pro scout with the Rams in 2011. As a pro scout, Gannon was responsible for scouting upcoming opponents and evaluating pro personnel.

Gannon received his 1st NFL experience as a defensive quality control coach under Mike Zimmer while with the Atlanta Falcons in 2007. He served as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, the University of Louisville, during the Orange Bowl championship season in 2006. During his final 3 years as a student at the University of Louisville, Gannon served as a student assistant for the football team. Gannon was a DB for 1 season at Louisville before suffering a career-ending hip injury.

Gannon is a native of Cleveland and was an all-state defensive back and a standout on the basketball court, as well, at St. Ignatius High School. He and his wife, Gina, son, Rocco, and daughter, Lola, reside in Minneapolis.