Jethro Franklin
Defensive Line

11th Season in NFL

3rd Season with Raiders

Jethro Franklin enters his third season with the Oakland Raiders as defensive line coach. He has 27 years of experience coaching defensive line at both the NFL and collegiate levels.

                In 2016, Franklin guided a defensive line that saw DE Khalil Mack follow his stellar sophomore campaign with yet another outstanding season, becoming the first Raider since 1980 to win the Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year Award. His eight-game sack streak during the regular season tied an NFL record, and he came away with a sack-fumble in three consecutive games during that stretch. Mack’s elite season earned him numerous individual accolades, including his second Pro Bowl nod, two AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors and the AFC Defensive Player of the Month in November. Mack also became the first player since 2009 to record an interception, sack, forced fumble, fumble recovery and touchdown in the same game in Week 12 vs. Carolina. His campaign was capped with the Pro Football Writers of America Defensive Player of the Year Award and his second First Team All-Pro selection in addition to the Associated Press DPOY honor.

                Franklin also welcomed free agent acquisition LB Bruce Irvin into the rotation, as the fifth-year pro started all 16 games for the first time in his career, and tied a franchise record with a career-high six forced fumbles. Mack and Irvin became one of the most dominant duos across the league, combining for 18 sacks and 11 forced fumbles. Their 11 forced fumbles were the most between two players on any team in 2016. The defensive line also got significant contributions from DL Denico Autry (37 tackles and two fumble recoveries), DT Stacy McGee (2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles) and DT Dan Williams.

                In 2015, Franklin’s line was led by Mack, who enjoyed a breakout sophomore season. Mack started all 16 games, totaled 79 tackles (58), two forced fumbles and four passes defensed on the year, earning him his first Pro Bowl nod. Mack also became the first player in NFL history to earn first-team All-Pro selections at two positions, defensive end and linebacker. He finished second in the league with 15 sacks, including a four-game stretch where he posted 10 sacks. Mack was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his Week 14 performance in the victory over the Denver Broncos, where he tied a franchise record with five sacks. Mack recorded four multi-sack games in 2015, including three straight in Weeks 12-14.

                Under Franklin’s tutelage, free agent signee Williams made a career-high 15 starts in 2015 and also notched a career-high 59 tackles (34 solo), one sack and a personal-best three passes defensed in his first season with the Silver and Black. Second-round draft pick Edwards Jr. also made significant contributions as a rookie, starting 10-of-14 games played with 41 tackles (31 solo), two sacks, three passes defensed and three forced fumbles.

                Prior to coaching the Silver and Black, Franklin spent 2011-14 as the Miami Hurricanes defensive line coach. In 2014, Franklin’s unit helped the Hurricanes move from 89th in FBS total defense the previous season to 14th (329.6 yards per game), and 36th in scoring defense (24.3 points per game). The defensive line also improved significantly against the run, reducing its 176.5 rushing yards allowed per game (77th) in 2013, to a 30th-ranked 137.1 yards per game in 2014.

                Franklin’s line helped the Hurricanes to a No. 9 national ranking in red zone defense, 14th in total defense and 21st in scoring defense, holding opponents to an average of 20.1 points per game in his first season. Franklin also helped the development of 2012 third-round draft pick DE Olivier Vernon as he totaled 81 tackles (51 solo) and nine sacks in his collegiate career.

                Prior to Miami, Franklin spent 2010 at Temple where he tutored standout DE Muhammad Wilkerson, who was taken in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. In his only season at Temple, Franklin’s line helped lead the Owls to an 8-4 record, including 5-3 in MAC games. Under his direction, both Wilkerson and DL Elisha Joseph garnered All-MAC First-Team honors.

                Franklin coached the defensive line at USC in 2009, helping the Trojans to a victory in the Emerald Bowl. Before his second coaching stint at USC, Franklin spent three seasons coaching defensive line units in the NFL. He spent the 2007-08 seasons with the Houston Texans where DE Mario Williams set the Texans single-season sack record and made the 2008 Pro Bowl. Franklin spent the 2006 season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

                Franklin first coached the defensive line at USC in 2005-06. In 2005, DEs Lawrence Jackson (first round, Seattle) and Frostee Rucker were All-Pac-10 first-teamers, while DT Sedrick Ellis (first round, New Orleans), Rucker (third round, Cincinnati) and DT LaJuan Ramsay (sixth round, Philadelphia) were NFL draft picks.

                He went to USC after spending five seasons (2000-04) coaching the defensive line for the Green Bay Packers and tutoring DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, a Green Bay Packer Hall of Famer and the franchise’s all-time sacks leader. Under Franklin’s tutelage, Gbaja-Biamila led the NFC in sacks (2004), was named to a Pro Bowl (2003) and received the Ed Block Courage Award (2002). The defense set various Packers’ game, season and all-time sack records during his tenure. Franklin served as the defensive line coach for UCLA in 1999-2000 before joining the NFL coaching ranks.

                Franklin began his coaching career at his alma mater, Fresno State, where he was in charge of the defensive line for eight seasons (1991-98). The Bulldogs played in three bowls while he was there, the 1991 California Bowl, 1992 Freedom Bowl and 1993 Aloha Bowl. While at Fresno State, he had a pair of NFL coaching fellowships, working with the Buffalo Bills in the summer of 1994 and the Cleveland Browns in the summer of 1995.


PERSONAL: Native of St. Lazaire, France, where his father was stationed in the military…Drafted by the Houston Oilers in the 11th round (298th overall) of the 1988 NFL Draft…Spent the 1989 season playing defensive line for the Seattle Seahawks…No. 1 overall draft choice of the San Antonio Riders of the World League of American Football in 1991 before opting to begin his coaching career instead…Attended Fresno State, where he spent two seasons (1986-87) as a starter on the defensive line and earned All-American second-team honors both seasons…Set a then-school record as a junior with 19.5 sacks…Was the Pacific Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year and Fresno State’s MVP as a senior in 1987…Played two seasons (1984-85) at San Jose (Calif.) Community College, winning junior college All-American honors in 1985…Attended Yerba Buena High School in San Jose…Earned his bachelor’s degree in criminology at Fresno State in 1989…Has two children, a son, Khalil, and a daughter, Takara.

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