Larry Foote enters his fourth season with the Buccaneers in 2022, and his first as pass game coordinator/inside linebackers coach, following three seasons as the team's outside linebackers coach.
For the second time in three seasons under Foote's coaching, outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett earned a Pro Bowl selection after recording 10.0 sacks and becoming one of four players in Buccaneers history with multiple 10.0-sack seasons – both of which came under Foote for Barrett.
In Barrett's three seasons with Foote as his position coach from 2019-21, Barrett ranked second in the NFL in strip sacks (11), fourth in sacks (37.5), fourth in tackles for loss (41), tied for fourth in forced fumbles (11) and fifth in quarterback hits (75), joining 2021 Defensive Player of the Year T.J. Watt as the only two players to rank in the top five in each of those five categories during that span.
Over his first two seasons after taking over in Tampa from 2020-21, Foote's starting outside linebacker tandem of Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul ranked second among all pass-rushing duos in sacks with 45.5. During the 2020 regular season alone, the pairing combined for 112 tackles (18 tackles for loss), 30 quarterback hits, 17.5 sacks, nine passes defensed, six forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two interceptions. Pierre-Paul earned his first Pro Bowl nod as a member of the Buccaneers in the 2020 season.
During the 2020 regular season, the Buccaneers' defense ranked first in rushing yards allowed per game (80.6), tied for second in quarterback hits (116), tied for second in tackles for loss (91), tied for fourth in sacks (48.0), sixth in total yards allowed per game (327.1) and eighth in points allowed per game (22.2).
Foote's outside linebackers unit continued to thrive during Tampa Bay's four-game playoff run to a Super Bowl LV victory, including a 5.0-sack performance in the NFC Championship Game victory over Green Bay. In that game, Barrett tied the single-game playoff franchise record with 3.0 sacks, while Pierre-Paul's 2.0 sacks tied for the third-most in team history. Barrett stands tied for third all-time in career playoff sacks by a Buccaneers player with his 4.0 from 2020, while Pierre-Paul is tied for fifth with 2.0.
In Foote's first season in charge of the Buccaneers outside linebacker corps, the position group combined for 35 of the team's 47 sacks. Those 47 takedowns were then the second-most by a Tampa Bay unit since sacks became an official statistic in 1982.
Barrett secured his first Pro Bowl appearance in 2019 after registering 19.5 sacks to surpass Warren Sapp (16.5 in 2000) for the single-season franchise record. While Barrett led the league in sacks in his first season under Foote's guidance, Jason Pierre-Paul tacked on 8.5 sacks in just 10 games played.
Prior to arriving in Tampa Bay, Foote spent the previous four seasons coaching with the Arizona Cardinals (2015-18), first working as the team's inside linebackers coach (2015-17) before being elevated to linebackers coach in 2018. Foote helped oversee the conversion of Deone Bucannon from a college safety to a linebacker, with Bucannon leading the team in tackles in 2015, while adding three sacks and three forced fumbles. The Cardinals defense finished in the top 10 of the NFL in yards allowed for three straight seasons (2015-17) while Foote was a part of the staff.
Before beginning his coaching career, Foote spent 13 years playing in the NFL (2002-14), including 11 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers (2002-08, 2010-13). During his time with the Steelers, Foote was a part of two Super Bowl Championships (XL, XLIII). Foote spent his first seven seasons in Pittsburgh, before playing for his hometown Detroit Lions for one season (2009). He then returned to the Steelers for four seasons before finishing his career with the Cardinals in 2014. In his 13 seasons, Foote played in 187 games, with 912 tackles, 25 sacks, 10 forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and four interceptions. He also played in 17 postseason games.
A Detroit native, Foote played collegiately at Michigan, earning All-American honors as a senior.