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Dave Borgonzi
Defensive Quality Control

Biography

Dave Borgonzi enters his seventh season in the NFL and his fourth with the Buccaneers, serving as the defensive quality control coach.

The 2016 season saw Borgonzi assisting a defense that forced 29 takeaways, the third-highest mark in the league, including 17 interceptions, tied for the fourth-most in the NFL. The Buccaneers also held opponents to a league-low 34.4 third down percent conversion rate in 2016. Linebacker Lavonte David was voted as a Pro Bowl alternate while recording 17 tackles for loss, tied for the league lead. Linebacker Kwon Alexander led the team in tackles, with 145, the fourth-most in the NFL, including a league-best 108 solo tackles.

In 2015, Borgonzi helped a defense that ranked in the Top 10 in yards allowed (340.4), while allowing the second-lowest rushing average in the NFL (3.45 avg.). Helping lead that defense were David (147 tackles) and Alexander (93 tackles), the top two tacklers on the team. Alexander had the most tackles by any rookie in 2015 and David ranked third in the NFL. David also had three interceptions, which led the Buccaneers and tied for the third-most among NFL linebackers.

In his first season with the Buccaneers (2014), Borgonzi assisted a defense that improved throughout the year, ranking 14th in points allowed per game and net yards allowed per game during the final 10 weeks of the season, after ranking 32nd in each category over the first six weeks, prior to the Buccaneers’ Week 7 Bye.

Borgonzi joined Tampa Bay following three seasons as a coaching assistant for the Dallas Cowboys, working on the defensive side of the ball for his first two years (2011-12) – working with the secondary – before moving to offense in 2013 and helping coach the offensive line. His primary duties included assisting in weekly breakdowns and scouting reports of each opponent, while also working with the scout team during daily practices. In 2013, Borgonzi assisted an offense that finished fifth in the NFL in total points scored.

Before joining the Cowboys in 2011, Borgonzi spent five years coaching in the college ranks at Harvard (2008-10) and Syracuse (2006-07).

While at Harvard, Borgonzi served as the assistant defensive secondary coach and helped with the school’s recruiting. In 2010, Harvard ranked 16th nationally in total defense. In 2009 the Crimson ranked sixth nationally in pass efficiency defense while three players were named All-Ivy League and cornerback Matthew Hanson earned Rookie of the Year honors.

Prior to coaching at Harvard, Borgonzi spent two years at Syracuse as a graduate assistant working with the secondary and defensive line. At Syracuse, Borgonzi also assisted the team with special teams and recruiting. Working for the Orange, Borgonzi earned his master’s degree in education.

Borgonzi played linebacker at Amherst College (2001-2004) in Amherst, Massachusetts, where he was a three-year starter and named team captain his senior year.

Borgonzi graduated with a degree in law, jurisprudence and social thought. He is a native of Everett, Massachusetts, and is married to Alyssa. The couple have a daughter, Gianna, and a son, James.

BORGONZI AT A GLANCE

YEARS

POSITION

2002-05

Amherst College, Player

2006-07

Syracuse, Graduate Assistant

2008-10

Harvard, Assistant Secondary Coach

2011-13

Dallas Cowboys, Offensive/Defensive Assistant

2014-

Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Defensive Quality Control

Dave Borgonzi enters his seventh season in the NFL and his fourth with the Buccaneers, serving as the defensive quality control coach.

The 2016 season saw Borgonzi assisting a defense that forced 29 takeaways, the third-highest mark in the league, including 17 interceptions, tied for the fourth-most in the NFL. The Buccaneers also held opponents to a league-low 34.4 third down percent conversion rate in 2016. Linebacker Lavonte David was voted as a Pro Bowl alternate while recording 17 tackles for loss, tied for the league lead. Linebacker Kwon Alexander led the team in tackles, with 145, the fourth-most in the NFL, including a league-best 108 solo tackles.

In 2015, Borgonzi helped a defense that ranked in the Top 10 in yards allowed (340.4), while allowing the second-lowest rushing average in the NFL (3.45 avg.). Helping lead that defense were David (147 tackles) and Alexander (93 tackles), the top two tacklers on the team. Alexander had the most tackles by any rookie in 2015 and David ranked third in the NFL. David also had three interceptions, which led the Buccaneers and tied for the third-most among NFL linebackers.

In his first season with the Buccaneers (2014), Borgonzi assisted a defense that improved throughout the year, ranking 14th in points allowed per game and net yards allowed per game during the final 10 weeks of the season, after ranking 32nd in each category over the first six weeks, prior to the Buccaneers’ Week 7 Bye.

Borgonzi joined Tampa Bay following three seasons as a coaching assistant for the Dallas Cowboys, working on the defensive side of the ball for his first two years (2011-12) – working with the secondary – before moving to offense in 2013 and helping coach the offensive line. His primary duties included assisting in weekly breakdowns and scouting reports of each opponent, while also working with the scout team during daily practices. In 2013, Borgonzi assisted an offense that finished fifth in the NFL in total points scored.

Before joining the Cowboys in 2011, Borgonzi spent five years coaching in the college ranks at Harvard (2008-10) and Syracuse (2006-07).

While at Harvard, Borgonzi served as the assistant defensive secondary coach and helped with the school’s recruiting. In 2010, Harvard ranked 16th nationally in total defense. In 2009 the Crimson ranked sixth nationally in pass efficiency defense while three players were named All-Ivy League and cornerback Matthew Hanson earned Rookie of the Year honors.

Prior to coaching at Harvard, Borgonzi spent two years at Syracuse as a graduate assistant working with the secondary and defensive line. At Syracuse, Borgonzi also assisted the team with special teams and recruiting. Working for the Orange, Borgonzi earned his master’s degree in education.

Borgonzi played linebacker at Amherst College (2001-2004) in Amherst, Massachusetts, where he was a three-year starter and named team captain his senior year.

Borgonzi graduated with a degree in law, jurisprudence and social thought. He is a native of Everett, Massachusetts, and is married to Alyssa. The couple have a daughter, Gianna, and a son, James.

BORGONZI AT A GLANCE

YEARS

POSITION

2002-05

Amherst College, Player

2006-07

Syracuse, Graduate Assistant

2008-10

Harvard, Assistant Secondary Coach

2011-13

Dallas Cowboys, Offensive/Defensive Assistant

2014-

Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Defensive Quality Control