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John Rushing
Defensive Quality Control

Biography

John Rushing begins his first season as the Packers’ defensive quality control coach after spending his first five seasons with the club assisting mostly with the offense and special teams. He previously enjoyed two seasons in the role of offensive assistant/special teams (2012-13) after one season as assistant wide receivers/special teams coach (2011) and two years as offensive quality control coach (2009-10).

Named to his new post Feb. 7, 2014, by Head Coach Mike McCarthy, Rushing originally joined the Packers on Feb. 3, 2009, as offensive quality control coach after spending the 2008 training camp with the Packers through the NFL’s Minority Coaching Internship Program. He was named assistant wide receivers/special teams coach on Feb. 25, 2011, and offensive assistant/special teams on Feb. 13, 2012.

In his new role, Rushing will make his first foray into the defensive side of coaching at the pro level, working closely with defensive coordinator Dom Capers and his staff. Among his new responsibilities will be breaking down opponent game film and analyzing their offensive tendencies, in addition to coordinating the opponent scout teams the starting defense will face at practice.

In 2012-13, one of Rushing’s assignments was to assist with the Packers’ running backs. In 2012, he helped accelerate the transition for the group’s new position coach, Alex Van Pelt, by sharing the nuances of the team’s offense following his hire in February of that year. Rushing helped prepare five different players to start in the Packers’ backfield, a group beset by various injuries throughout the 2012 season.

In 2011, Rushing assisted with a wide-receiver group that set franchise records and led the league in receiving yards (3,667) and receiving touchdowns (38) as a unit. For the first time in team history, the Packers had five wide receivers each catch 25-plus passes on the season. Rushing also assisted with a special teams unit that was tied for No. 13 in the Dallas Morning News’ special teams rankings, the club’s best finish since 2007. The Packers tied for No. 2 in the league in special teams penalties with only nine on the season, half the number the team committed in 2010.

Rushing came to Green Bay from Utah State, where he spent six seasons (2003-08) coaching defensive backs. During his tenure there, Rushing coached current Packers cornerback and special teamer Jarrett Bush, who ranked sixth in the NCAA in passes defensed in 2005 with 1.36 per game.

Additionally, Rushing coached the Aggies’ punt return unit. In 2007, Kevin Robinson led the nation with an 18.9-yard average on punt returns, and he was selected in the sixth round (No. 182 overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. Robinson, who is Rushing’s younger brother, returned 19 kickoffs for 420 yards (22.1 avg.) and 11 punts for 94 yards (8.5 avg.) in eight games with the Chiefs in ’08.

Prior to his time at Utah State, Rushing coached the secondary at Montana State for three seasons (2000-02), where he worked with Joey Thomas, a third-round draft choice by the Packers in 2004.

Rushing’s first Division I job was as a graduate assistant coach for the secondary at Boise State for two years (1998-99), where he coached S Quintin Mikell, who most recently played for the Carolina Panthers and was named to the Pro Bowl in 2009. Rushing began his coaching career at Merced Union (Calif.) High School, his alma mater, in 1995, before moving on to the college game at Willamette University in Salem, Ore., for two years (1996-97). He coached the secondary there and was a part of Willamette’s Division III national runner-up squad in 1997.

As a player, Rushing started all four years as a defensive back at Washington State (1991-94) and set a school record by starting 46 games. He earned honorable mention All-Pacific-10 Conference honors as a freshman and sophomore, and in 1991, he also was named to the Freshman All-American team by Sporting News.

During his senior season of 1994, Washington State ranked second in the NCAA in both total defense (229.0 yards per game) and scoring defense (12.1 points per game).

As a prep, Rushing was a two-sport standout at Merced Union. He started at running back and safety on a 14-0 section championship team that was nationally ranked by USA Today. In track and field, he also qualified for the state championships in the 100- and 200-meter dashes.

Born Feb. 26, 1972, in Merced, Calif., Rushing earned his degree in sociology from Washington State in 1995 and a master’s degree in education from Boise State in 2005.

Rushing and his wife, Angela, have three daughters, Nataya, Tatiana and Kamiah, and a son, John DaShir. Rushing enjoys bowling and playing golf.

John Rushing begins his first season as the Packers’ defensive quality control coach after spending his first five seasons with the club assisting mostly with the offense and special teams. He previously enjoyed two seasons in the role of offensive assistant/special teams (2012-13) after one season as assistant wide receivers/special teams coach (2011) and two years as offensive quality control coach (2009-10).

Named to his new post Feb. 7, 2014, by Head Coach Mike McCarthy, Rushing originally joined the Packers on Feb. 3, 2009, as offensive quality control coach after spending the 2008 training camp with the Packers through the NFL’s Minority Coaching Internship Program. He was named assistant wide receivers/special teams coach on Feb. 25, 2011, and offensive assistant/special teams on Feb. 13, 2012.

In his new role, Rushing will make his first foray into the defensive side of coaching at the pro level, working closely with defensive coordinator Dom Capers and his staff. Among his new responsibilities will be breaking down opponent game film and analyzing their offensive tendencies, in addition to coordinating the opponent scout teams the starting defense will face at practice.

In 2012-13, one of Rushing’s assignments was to assist with the Packers’ running backs. In 2012, he helped accelerate the transition for the group’s new position coach, Alex Van Pelt, by sharing the nuances of the team’s offense following his hire in February of that year. Rushing helped prepare five different players to start in the Packers’ backfield, a group beset by various injuries throughout the 2012 season.

In 2011, Rushing assisted with a wide-receiver group that set franchise records and led the league in receiving yards (3,667) and receiving touchdowns (38) as a unit. For the first time in team history, the Packers had five wide receivers each catch 25-plus passes on the season. Rushing also assisted with a special teams unit that was tied for No. 13 in the Dallas Morning News’ special teams rankings, the club’s best finish since 2007. The Packers tied for No. 2 in the league in special teams penalties with only nine on the season, half the number the team committed in 2010.

Rushing came to Green Bay from Utah State, where he spent six seasons (2003-08) coaching defensive backs. During his tenure there, Rushing coached current Packers cornerback and special teamer Jarrett Bush, who ranked sixth in the NCAA in passes defensed in 2005 with 1.36 per game.

Additionally, Rushing coached the Aggies’ punt return unit. In 2007, Kevin Robinson led the nation with an 18.9-yard average on punt returns, and he was selected in the sixth round (No. 182 overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. Robinson, who is Rushing’s younger brother, returned 19 kickoffs for 420 yards (22.1 avg.) and 11 punts for 94 yards (8.5 avg.) in eight games with the Chiefs in ’08.

Prior to his time at Utah State, Rushing coached the secondary at Montana State for three seasons (2000-02), where he worked with Joey Thomas, a third-round draft choice by the Packers in 2004.

Rushing’s first Division I job was as a graduate assistant coach for the secondary at Boise State for two years (1998-99), where he coached S Quintin Mikell, who most recently played for the Carolina Panthers and was named to the Pro Bowl in 2009. Rushing began his coaching career at Merced Union (Calif.) High School, his alma mater, in 1995, before moving on to the college game at Willamette University in Salem, Ore., for two years (1996-97). He coached the secondary there and was a part of Willamette’s Division III national runner-up squad in 1997.

As a player, Rushing started all four years as a defensive back at Washington State (1991-94) and set a school record by starting 46 games. He earned honorable mention All-Pacific-10 Conference honors as a freshman and sophomore, and in 1991, he also was named to the Freshman All-American team by Sporting News.

During his senior season of 1994, Washington State ranked second in the NCAA in both total defense (229.0 yards per game) and scoring defense (12.1 points per game).

As a prep, Rushing was a two-sport standout at Merced Union. He started at running back and safety on a 14-0 section championship team that was nationally ranked by USA Today. In track and field, he also qualified for the state championships in the 100- and 200-meter dashes.

Born Feb. 26, 1972, in Merced, Calif., Rushing earned his degree in sociology from Washington State in 1995 and a master’s degree in education from Boise State in 2005.

Rushing and his wife, Angela, have three daughters, Nataya, Tatiana and Kamiah, and a son, John DaShir. Rushing enjoys bowling and playing golf.

 

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