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Joe Cullen
Defensive Line Coach

Biography

On January 9, 2014, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Joe Cullen as defensive line coach.

A veteran coach entering his eighth NFL season, Cullen has 24 years of coaching experience, including 17 on the collegiate level. Cullen spent the 2013 season as the defensive line coach for the Cleveland Browns.

Cullen was a part of one of the best defensive turnarounds in Cleveland history. After finishing 23rd in the league in 2012, the Browns ranked ninth in the league in total defense in 2013, marking the team’s best finish since 1994. Cullen oversaw a stout defensive line, which helped limit opponents to an average of 3.9-yards per carry, which ranked eighth in the NFL and marked Cleveland’s best total in 18 years. The Browns’ defense also registered 40 sacks, their most since 2001.

Before joining the Browns, Cullen spent three seasons (2010-12) as the defensive line coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he helped develop defensive tackle Tyson Alualu, the 10th overall pick in 2010. Under Cullen, Alualu started all 48 games and led the club in sacks in 2012. In 2011, defensive end Jeremy Mincey recorded career-best totals with 101 tackles and a team-leading eight sacks and four forced fumbles. In 2011, the Jaguars ranked sixth in the NFL in yards allowed, improving from 28th the year before. The team also finished fifth in the league in yards per carry, improving from 28th the previous season.

Prior to the Jaguars, Cullen served as defensive line coach at Idaho State in 2009, after spending three seasons (2006-08) with the Detroit Lions as defensive line coach. In 2008, the Lions finished 10th in the NFL in sacks per pass attempt and finished in the top 10 in sacks in 2007 and 2008. He helped develop Cliff Avril who led all rookies in sacks (6) and forced fumbles (4) in 2008. Under Cullen, a number of players recorded career-best sack totals, including Shaun Rogers (7 in 2007), Jared DeVries (6.5 in 2007), Dewayne White (6.5 in 2007 and 2008) and Cory Redding (8 in 2006).

Before his stint at Idaho State, Cullen spent time at Illinois (2005), Indiana (2002-04), Memphis (2001) and Louisiana State (1999). During his final season at Indiana, he helped the Hoosiers defeat two ranked teams in the same season for the first time since 1989.

Cullen spent eight seasons (1992-98, 2000) at Richmond, including three as defensive coordinator. The Spiders led the Atlantic 10 in total defense in all three seasons Cullen served as defensive coordinator. In 2000, the unit ranked fourth nationally in rushing defense and 14th in scoring defense, despite playing the nation’s toughest schedule. That season, he also helped the Spiders to a 10-3 record and an appearance in the NCAA I-AA quarterfinals. In 1998, the club finished 9-2 and won the Atlantic 10 title and advanced to the NCAA I-AA playoffs.

Cullen played nose guard at the University of Massachusetts from 1986-89, where he was a three-time all-conference honoree. He began his coaching career at his alma mater, first overseeing the running backs in 1990 and then the defensive line in 1991. Cullen earned his bachelor’s degree in sports management. He and his wife, Andrea, were married in June, 2013.

On January 9, 2014, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Joe Cullen as defensive line coach.

A veteran coach entering his eighth NFL season, Cullen has 24 years of coaching experience, including 17 on the collegiate level. Cullen spent the 2013 season as the defensive line coach for the Cleveland Browns.

Cullen was a part of one of the best defensive turnarounds in Cleveland history. After finishing 23rd in the league in 2012, the Browns ranked ninth in the league in total defense in 2013, marking the team’s best finish since 1994. Cullen oversaw a stout defensive line, which helped limit opponents to an average of 3.9-yards per carry, which ranked eighth in the NFL and marked Cleveland’s best total in 18 years. The Browns’ defense also registered 40 sacks, their most since 2001.

Before joining the Browns, Cullen spent three seasons (2010-12) as the defensive line coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he helped develop defensive tackle Tyson Alualu, the 10th overall pick in 2010. Under Cullen, Alualu started all 48 games and led the club in sacks in 2012. In 2011, defensive end Jeremy Mincey recorded career-best totals with 101 tackles and a team-leading eight sacks and four forced fumbles. In 2011, the Jaguars ranked sixth in the NFL in yards allowed, improving from 28th the year before. The team also finished fifth in the league in yards per carry, improving from 28th the previous season.

Prior to the Jaguars, Cullen served as defensive line coach at Idaho State in 2009, after spending three seasons (2006-08) with the Detroit Lions as defensive line coach. In 2008, the Lions finished 10th in the NFL in sacks per pass attempt and finished in the top 10 in sacks in 2007 and 2008. He helped develop Cliff Avril who led all rookies in sacks (6) and forced fumbles (4) in 2008. Under Cullen, a number of players recorded career-best sack totals, including Shaun Rogers (7 in 2007), Jared DeVries (6.5 in 2007), Dewayne White (6.5 in 2007 and 2008) and Cory Redding (8 in 2006).

Before his stint at Idaho State, Cullen spent time at Illinois (2005), Indiana (2002-04), Memphis (2001) and Louisiana State (1999). During his final season at Indiana, he helped the Hoosiers defeat two ranked teams in the same season for the first time since 1989.

Cullen spent eight seasons (1992-98, 2000) at Richmond, including three as defensive coordinator. The Spiders led the Atlantic 10 in total defense in all three seasons Cullen served as defensive coordinator. In 2000, the unit ranked fourth nationally in rushing defense and 14th in scoring defense, despite playing the nation’s toughest schedule. That season, he also helped the Spiders to a 10-3 record and an appearance in the NCAA I-AA quarterfinals. In 1998, the club finished 9-2 and won the Atlantic 10 title and advanced to the NCAA I-AA playoffs.

Cullen played nose guard at the University of Massachusetts from 1986-89, where he was a three-time all-conference honoree. He began his coaching career at his alma mater, first overseeing the running backs in 1990 and then the defensive line in 1991. Cullen earned his bachelor’s degree in sports management. He and his wife, Andrea, were married in June, 2013.

 

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