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Carlos Polk
Assistant Special Teams Coach

Biography

Carlos Polk begins his eighth season in the NFL and his fourth season as assistant special teams coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2017.

In his first three seasons with Tampa Bay (2014-16), Polk has helped coach one of the top punt coverage units in the NFL, allowing only 5.5 yards per punt return, the lowest mark in the NFL during that timeframe.

The 2016 season saw a banner year from punter Bryan Anger, who set Buccaneers records for both punts inside the 20 (37) and net punting average (42.7), with both of those ranking in the top five in the NFL in 2016. Josh Robinson was one of Tampa Bay’s key special teams players, leading the team with 12 solo special teams tackles, tied for the third-most in the NFL.

In 2015, Polk helped coach punt returner Bobby Rainey, who was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week in Week 5 against Jacksonville. In the contest against the Jaguars, Rainey totaled 85 punt return yards, including a career-long 58 yard return, the longest return by a Buccaneers player since 2009. Rainey’s 85 punt return yards were the most for a Tampa Bay returner since 2008. Rainey finished the year ranked in the Top 10 in punt return average, punt return yards and total return yards.

Polk joined Tampa Bay following one season (2013) as a coaching intern for the Dallas Cowboys, where his primary duties included assisting with all areas of practice, breakdowns and weekly planning.

Before joining the Cowboys in 2013, Polk spent three years in San Diego (2010-12) as the special teams assistant and one year in the college ranks as a linebackers and special teams coach at Grossmont (Calif.) College (2009).

Prior to entering the coaching ranks, Polk spent eight years (2001-08) in the NFL as a linebacker and special teams player, where he compiled 120 tackles, four sacks and three forced fumbles playing for San Diego (2001-07) and Dallas (2008).

A first-team All-American linebacker at Nebraska (1997-2000), Polk played in 47 games including 23 starts in his final 23 contests. Polk finished his college career with 227 tackles, 10.0 sacks and two interceptions (one returned for touchdown).

Polk graduated with a degree in sociology from Nebraska. He is a native of Rockford, Illinois, and is married to Monique. He has two sons, Devonn and C.J., and two daughters, Deja and Miracle.

POLK AT A GLANCE

YEARS

POSITION

1997-2000

Nebraska, Player

2001-07

San Diego Chargers, Player

2008

Dallas Cowboys, Player

2009

Grossmont College, Linebackers and Special Teams Coach

2010-12

San Diego Chargers, Special Teams Assistant

2013

Dallas Cowboys, Coaching Intern

2014-

Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Assistant Special Teams Coach

Carlos Polk begins his eighth season in the NFL and his fourth season as assistant special teams coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2017.

In his first three seasons with Tampa Bay (2014-16), Polk has helped coach one of the top punt coverage units in the NFL, allowing only 5.5 yards per punt return, the lowest mark in the NFL during that timeframe.

The 2016 season saw a banner year from punter Bryan Anger, who set Buccaneers records for both punts inside the 20 (37) and net punting average (42.7), with both of those ranking in the top five in the NFL in 2016. Josh Robinson was one of Tampa Bay’s key special teams players, leading the team with 12 solo special teams tackles, tied for the third-most in the NFL.

In 2015, Polk helped coach punt returner Bobby Rainey, who was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week in Week 5 against Jacksonville. In the contest against the Jaguars, Rainey totaled 85 punt return yards, including a career-long 58 yard return, the longest return by a Buccaneers player since 2009. Rainey’s 85 punt return yards were the most for a Tampa Bay returner since 2008. Rainey finished the year ranked in the Top 10 in punt return average, punt return yards and total return yards.

Polk joined Tampa Bay following one season (2013) as a coaching intern for the Dallas Cowboys, where his primary duties included assisting with all areas of practice, breakdowns and weekly planning.

Before joining the Cowboys in 2013, Polk spent three years in San Diego (2010-12) as the special teams assistant and one year in the college ranks as a linebackers and special teams coach at Grossmont (Calif.) College (2009).

Prior to entering the coaching ranks, Polk spent eight years (2001-08) in the NFL as a linebacker and special teams player, where he compiled 120 tackles, four sacks and three forced fumbles playing for San Diego (2001-07) and Dallas (2008).

A first-team All-American linebacker at Nebraska (1997-2000), Polk played in 47 games including 23 starts in his final 23 contests. Polk finished his college career with 227 tackles, 10.0 sacks and two interceptions (one returned for touchdown).

Polk graduated with a degree in sociology from Nebraska. He is a native of Rockford, Illinois, and is married to Monique. He has two sons, Devonn and C.J., and two daughters, Deja and Miracle.

POLK AT A GLANCE

YEARS

POSITION

1997-2000

Nebraska, Player

2001-07

San Diego Chargers, Player

2008

Dallas Cowboys, Player

2009

Grossmont College, Linebackers and Special Teams Coach

2010-12

San Diego Chargers, Special Teams Assistant

2013

Dallas Cowboys, Coaching Intern

2014-

Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Assistant Special Teams Coach