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Mike Smith

Outside Linebackers/Pass Rush Specialist

Biography

Mike Smith joins as the Vikings as outside linebackers/pass rush specialist after spending the past three seasons with the Green Bay Packers. He brings nine previous years of coaching experience to Minnesota. Smith worked with Assistant Head Coach Mike Pettine, while he was the defensive coordinator in Green Bay (2019-20) and for the New York Jets (2010-12). Vikings Head Coach Kevin O'Connell played quarterback for the Jets from 2009-11, overlapping with Smith and Pettine.

During the 2021 season, Smith coached LBs Rashan Gary and Preston Smith to nine-plus sack seasons, becoming the second linebacker duo in team history to accomplish this feat. The other duo was Smith and LB Za'Darius Smith in 2019. The Packers were also one of two teams to have two linebackers to record nine-plus sacks in 2021; the other was Arizona Cardinals LBs Chandler Jones (10.5) and Markus Golden (11.0).

Smith's unit again led the Packers' pass rush effort in 2020. Z. Smith was named to the Pro Bowl for the second-straight season after tying for fourth in the NFL with 12.5 sacks. He became the first Packers defender to earn a Pro Bowl selection in consecutive years since LB Clay Matthews in 2014-15. Additionally, Z. Smith earned Associated Press Second-Team All-Pro honors for the first time in his career, becoming the first Packers LB to be named All-Pro since Matthews in 2012.

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