Coaches

Travis Jones
Defensive Line Coach
College:
Georgia
Hometown:
Midgeville, Ga.
Experience:
9

Named to his current position on February 13, 2013, Jones joins Dan Quinn’s staff after spending the previous five seasons as assistant defensive line coach for the New Orleans Saints. He began his NFL career with the Miami Dolphins from 2005-07, where he and Quinn were on the same defensive staff. Jones inherits one of the most versatile lines in the NFL. Chris Clemons, who has 33.5 sacks in 48 games for Seattle, became just the third player in franchise history (Jacob Green, Michael Sinclair) to record double-digit sacks in three consecutive seasons and joins 323-pound Red Bryant as defensive ends. Defensive tackle stalwart Brandon Mebane’s 112 tackles over the past two seasons lead the NFC (3rd NFL).

GM John Schneider strengthened the line in the offseason with free agent additions DE Cliff Avril, DT Tony McDaniel and Michael Bennett, who can play both end and tackle. In 2009 with the Saints, defensive end Will Smith enjoyed his finest season as he ranked fifth in the NFL with 13.0 sacks, while the trio of Sedrick Ellis, Anthony Hargrove and Remi Ayodele provided a solid pass rush on the interior line that played an important role in its Super Bowl XLIV victory over Indianapolis.

Prior to arriving in New Orleans, Jones spent three seasons with the Miami Dolphins, his first year as assistant defensive line coach and his final two seasons tutoring the outside linebackers and defensive ends. During his Dolphins tenure, the line recorded 92.0 sacks. Defensive end Jason Taylor was selected to the Pro Bowl each year and was named the 2007 NFL Defensive Player of the Year. The Dolphins ranked second in the league in sacks in 2005 and third in 2006.

He began his coaching career at his alma mater, Georgia, in 1997 as a graduate assistant/defensive line before moving on to Appalachian State (1998-00), Kansas (2001-02) and LSU (2003-04), where he was the defensive line coach/recruiting coordinator for the Tigers.

At LSU, Jones coached a defensive front that featured defensive tackle Chad Lavalais, a consensus All-American, finalist for the Nagurski and Lombardi Awards and the SEC Defensive Player of the Year. Following the
2003 BCS National Championship season, Lavalais and defensive end Marquise Hill were both selected in the NFL Draft. Defensive End Marcus Spears was also named All-SEC in 2003, a consensus All-American in 2004 and a first-round draft pick by the Dallas Cowboys in 2005.

Jones was a four-year letter-winner for the Bulldogs (1990-92, 94) as a defensive lineman and served as team captain as a senior, playing one season with the Baltimore Stallions of the CFL in 1995 following graduation. He earned his master’s degree in 1998.

Born on June 6, 1972, in Irwinton, Ga., for the last eight years Jones has held a football camp for youngsters in central Georgia that teaches the fundamentals of football, sportsmanship and the importance of goal-setting to serve them on and off the field.

Jones and his wife, Melody, have three children, Kennedi, Averi and Mason.

Named to his current position on February 13, 2013, Jones joins Dan Quinn’s staff after spending the previous five seasons as assistant defensive line coach for the New Orleans Saints. He began his NFL career with the Miami Dolphins from 2005-07, where he and Quinn were on the same defensive staff. Jones inherits one of the most versatile lines in the NFL. Chris Clemons, who has 33.5 sacks in 48 games for Seattle, became just the third player in franchise history (Jacob Green, Michael Sinclair) to record double-digit sacks in three consecutive seasons and joins 323-pound Red Bryant as defensive ends. Defensive tackle stalwart Brandon Mebane’s 112 tackles over the past two seasons lead the NFC (3rd NFL).

GM John Schneider strengthened the line in the offseason with free agent additions DE Cliff Avril, DT Tony McDaniel and Michael Bennett, who can play both end and tackle. In 2009 with the Saints, defensive end Will Smith enjoyed his finest season as he ranked fifth in the NFL with 13.0 sacks, while the trio of Sedrick Ellis, Anthony Hargrove and Remi Ayodele provided a solid pass rush on the interior line that played an important role in its Super Bowl XLIV victory over Indianapolis.

Prior to arriving in New Orleans, Jones spent three seasons with the Miami Dolphins, his first year as assistant defensive line coach and his final two seasons tutoring the outside linebackers and defensive ends. During his Dolphins tenure, the line recorded 92.0 sacks. Defensive end Jason Taylor was selected to the Pro Bowl each year and was named the 2007 NFL Defensive Player of the Year. The Dolphins ranked second in the league in sacks in 2005 and third in 2006.

He began his coaching career at his alma mater, Georgia, in 1997 as a graduate assistant/defensive line before moving on to Appalachian State (1998-00), Kansas (2001-02) and LSU (2003-04), where he was the defensive line coach/recruiting coordinator for the Tigers.

At LSU, Jones coached a defensive front that featured defensive tackle Chad Lavalais, a consensus All-American, finalist for the Nagurski and Lombardi Awards and the SEC Defensive Player of the Year. Following the
2003 BCS National Championship season, Lavalais and defensive end Marquise Hill were both selected in the NFL Draft. Defensive End Marcus Spears was also named All-SEC in 2003, a consensus All-American in 2004 and a first-round draft pick by the Dallas Cowboys in 2005.

Jones was a four-year letter-winner for the Bulldogs (1990-92, 94) as a defensive lineman and served as team captain as a senior, playing one season with the Baltimore Stallions of the CFL in 1995 following graduation. He earned his master’s degree in 1998.

Born on June 6, 1972, in Irwinton, Ga., for the last eight years Jones has held a football camp for youngsters in central Georgia that teaches the fundamentals of football, sportsmanship and the importance of goal-setting to serve them on and off the field.

Jones and his wife, Melody, have three children, Kennedi, Averi and Mason.

Recent Articles

Recent Videos

  • Seahawks Daily Extra - Coaching Staff

    (3:35)

    Pete Carroll talks about the coaching staff he has assembled, how important the coaching staff is to getting the team ready and how the team is preparing for the Super Bowl.

  • Seahawks Daily - Hands on Coaching

    (3:24)

    The Seahawks defensive lineman have two coaches, in coordinator Dan Quinn and line coach Travis Jones, who love to be involved in the drills with an hands on approach.