Richard Smith


College: Fresno State

Experience: 33 years


Begins his first season with the Raiders as linebackers coach, bringing 33 years of NFL coaching experience to the post…Served as the linebackers coach with the Los Angeles Chargers for the last four years (2017-2020)…While with the Chargers, Smith helped acclimate players to the scheme of current Raiders defensive coordinator Gus Bradley due to his keen insight of the defense working under Bradley's protégé, Dan Quinn in Atlanta…In 2020, guided rookie LB Kenneth Murray to a team-leading 107 tackles, setting a franchise record for most tackles by a rookie…Was reunited with LB Thomas Davis Sr. in 2019, who he coached with Carolina for two seasons…Under his tutelage, Davis led the team with 112 tackles while fourth-round rookie LB Drue Tranquill finished second on the squad with 75 tackles…The linebacker group was instrumental to the defense's improvement against the run in 2018, as opponents averaged nearly 30 fewer rushing yards per game than the year prior…In his first season with the Chargers in 2017, oversaw a position group that saw six different players make starts while three linebackers each recorded an interception…Spent two seasons (2015-16) as the defensive coordinator with the Atlanta Falcons…In his first year, Atlanta's defense saw a major improvement, going from 32nd to 16th in total defense…In his second season, Smith's unit helped the Falcons claim the 2016 NFC Championship and earn a berth in Super Bowl LI against the New England Patriots…From 2011-14, coached on four straight playoff teams as the linebackers coach in his second stint with the Denver Broncos, including a 2013 squad that won the AFC title and faced Seattle in Super Bowl XLVIII…Over his four seasons in Denver, the Broncos ranked third in the league in rushing defense, fourth in third down defense and seventh in total defense…Prior to joining the Broncos, Smith served as the linebackers coach with the Carolina Panthers for two seasons (2009-10), as he helped guide the team to be one of the NFL's top overall defenses, collecting the third-most takeaways in the NFL…Spent three seasons (2006-08) as defensive coordinator for the Houston Texans after one season in the same role with the Miami Dolphins in 2005…Spent the 2003-04 seasons as the assistant head coach and linebackers coach with the Detroit Lions after serving as the linebackers coach for the San Francisco 49ers from 1997-2002…From 1993-96, coached special teams and spent the first two years (1993-94) with the added duty of assistant linebackers coach…Entered the league with the Houston Oilers from 1988-1992, handling special teams, while also assisting with the tight ends, linebackers and offensive line…During his time with the Oilers, worked closely with Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce Matthews…Prior to entering the NFL, spent the 1987 season with Arizona as linebackers/special teams coach and the previous three seasons from 1984-86 in the same role with California…Garnered the role of defensive line coach with Cal State Fullerton from 1981-83 after beginning his coaching career with Rio-Hondo JC as the team's offensive line coach from 1979-80…Former offensive lineman who played at Rio Hondo from 1975-76 before transferring to Fresno State (1977), where he helped the Bulldogs to the Pacific Coast Athletic Association title.