Coaches

Tracy Smith
Assistant Special Teams

9th Season in NFL

3rd Season with Raiders

Tracy Smith enters his third season with the Raiders, serving as the assistant special teams coach. He is entering his ninth NFL season in 2017.

In 2016, Smith saw K Sebastian Janikowski connect on 29-of-35 field goals, including three from 50-or-more yards to become the NFL’s all-time leader with 55 field goals of that distance. Janikowski also surpassed 400 career field goals to finish 2016 with 414, the ninth most in NFL history, and moved into 10th on the NFL’s all-time scoring list with 1,799 points scored. Smith helped P Marquette King establish himself as one of the league’s elite punters, earning Associated Press All-Pro Second Team honors. King recorded 81 punts for 3,937 yards (48.6 avg.) and 34 punts placed inside the opponents’ 20-yard line, which ranked tied for fifth in the NFL. Under Smith’s guidance, the Raiders saw improvement for the second straight year in yards allowed per kickoff return (19.9), ranking sixth in the NFL.

                In his first season with Oakland, Smith oversaw a special teams unit that led the league in kickoff return yards (1,268) and total return yards (1,540). The Raiders allowed only 22.7 yards per kickoff return, improving from 32nd in the league in 2014 to 13th in 2015. Under Smith’s guidance, the team also blocked five combined extra points and field goals, tied for the most in a season by any NFL team since 1995. In 2015, Smith also helped King improve his accuracy and precision, leading to one of the most prolific punting seasons in team history. King placed 40 of his 83 punts inside the opponents’ 20-yard line, a franchise record and the second most in the NFL in 2015.

                Smith joined Oakland after spending the previous three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, assisting current Raiders and former 49ers special teams coordinator Brad Seely on one of the top units in the NFL. During that time span, the 49ers ranked in the top 10 in field goals made (ninth, 86) and opponents punt return average (ninth, 8.3). San Francisco also ranked in the top five in net punting average (fourth, 41.3) and gross punting average (third, 47.5).

                In 2014, the 49ers special teams unit was led by K Phil Dawson and P Andy Lee. Dawson connected on 25-of-31 field goal attempts, including the second-most made field goals in the league of 50-or-more yards (six). He also became one of 19 players in NFL history to surpass 1,500 points scored for his career. Lee finished the season with the sixth-highest punting average (46.8) in the NFL.

                In 2013, San Francisco’s specials teams unit ranked second in the NFL according to The Dallas Morning News’ Rick Gosselin’s annual special teams rankings. Dawson set a franchise record with 27 consecutive field goals made. Dawson also set single-season career highs with 140 points, 44 made PATs and 32 made field goals. Lee ranked third in the NFL with a 48.2 gross punting average and fourth in net punting average (41.7).

                The 49ers fielded one of the strongest special teams units in the NFL in 2012. Lee led the NFL with 43.2 net punting average, while also ranking fifth in the league with a 48.0 gross punting average, on his way to All-Pro honors. San Francisco also led the NFL in starting field position (31.8-yard line) and ranked second in the NFL in opponents starting field position (24.9-yard line).

                Smith spent the 2011 season with the Seattle Seahawks as a coaching assistant. Prior to joining the Seahawks, Smith served as a special teams assistant with the Cleveland Browns, working under Seely.

                Before making the jump to the NFL, Smith served as the tight ends coach at Utah State from 2006-08. Smith spent 2005 as the offensive graduate assistant at LSU. In his position, he worked with the Tiger quarterbacks.

                Prior to coaching at LSU, Smith was a restricted earnings coach working with tight ends and serving as the team’s video coordinator at Stephen F. Austin.

 

PERSONAL: Native of Beaumont, Texas…Received a bachelor’s degree in business from LSU, while working on the athletic department’s video staff…Father, Carl, is the quarterbacks coach for the Seattle Seahawks…Married to the former Megan Rogers and has a son, Troy, and a daughter, Lane.

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