Coaches

Tim Lewis
Secondary Coach

Biography

Now entering his fourth season as the Falcons secondary coach, Tim Lewis’ influence and mark has been put on Atlanta’s defensive backfield. Since 2011, Atlanta’s defense ranks sixth in the League in interceptions (39) and seventh in passes defensed (169).

Under the guidance of Lewis in 2012, Atlanta’s secondary felt the presence of 10-year NFL veteran CB Asante Samuel. Samuel started 15 games and led the Falcons in passes defensed (19) and finished second in interceptions (five). His 19 passes defensed ranked fifth in the NFL and were the third highest total in his career. With the assistance of Lewis, Samuel notched his 50th career interception in Atlanta’s season finale against Tampa Bay in 2012. According to STATS LLC., Samuel is the second fastest cornerback to reach 50 career regular season interceptions, accomplishing the feat in 146 games. Only Lem Barney notched 50 interceptions in fewer games (114).

The 2012 season also saw the emergence of CB Robert McClain and safeties William Moore and Thomas DeCoud. McClain, the second-year corner out of Connecticut, burst onto the scene and tallied 65 tackles, 10 passes defensed, two fumble recoveries, one tackle for loss and one interception in 15 games. DeCoud finished 2012 with 89 tackles, nine passes defensed, a team-high and career-high six interceptions and one fumble recovery. The fifth- year safety out of California accounted for seven of Atlanta’s 31 takeaways in 2012. His safety-mate, Moore, posted a career year under Lewis’ tutelage. Moore recorded a career-high 105 tackles, eight passes defensed, four interceptions, four tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery, while earning NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance vs. the Saints in Week 13.

Atlanta continued to remake their secondary during the 2013 Draft. The Falcons selected four defensive backs in the draft, including CB Desmond Trufant (22nd overall), CB Robert Alford (60th overall), S Kemal Ishmael (243rd overall) and S Zeke Motta (244th overall). Lewis will be charged with helping mold this group of young players into contributors and possibly starter for the Falcons in 2013 and the seasons to come.

In 2011, the back-end of the Falcons defense was spearheaded by DeCoud who set a then career-high in interceptions (four); he also finished third on the team in tackles (108). In his second season with the Falcons, CB Dunta Robinson put together his most complete performance. The eight-year veteran finished fourth in tackles (64), tied for second in interceptions (two) and third in passes defensed (nine).

In his first season in Atlanta, Lewis made an immediate impact in the Falcons secondary in 2010. One of the many areas where his presence was strongly felt was in the rapid development of CB Brent Grimes.

Lewis’ meticulous work with Grimes vaulted the former small school product from Shippensburg from a potential starter in the preseason into a spot on the NFC Pro Bowl squad. Grimes emerged through Lewis’ help to set a new team record for passes defensed in a season (23). He was targeted 113 times by opposing quarterbacks and fought through that barrage to emerge as a dependable starter in a revamped Falcons secondary. Grimes showcased his talents and made Lewis proud by picking off a pass in the Pro Bowl.

Through the steady direction supplied by Lewis, Grimes and safety William Moore tied for team lead with five interceptions. Grimes was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week (15) after he caused two turnovers, including an interception, along with five passes defensed, to help the Falcons notch a 34- 18 win at Seattle. Moore finished third on team in tackles with a career-high 108.

Lewis brings 19 years of NFL coaching experience to the Falcons secondary. Lewis is known around the League for his expertise in the coverage and pressure package fields as he has served as either a Defensive Backs Coach or Defensive Coordinator throughout his entire coaching tenure.

Lewis began his pro career serving as the Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive Backs Coach for five seasons (1995-99) before being named Defensive Coordinator over the next four years. His defense ranked seventh overall in his first season as coordinator and jumped to lead the League in total defense in 2001. In 2002 and 2003, his unit also finished in the NFL’s top 10, giving him four-consecutive top-10 finishes as a Defensive Coordinator. Lewis coached the likes of cornerback Rod Woodson in Pittsburgh for two seasons (1995-96). In ’96, the Hall of Famer contributed with six interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) and 19 passes defensed.

Following his coaching stint with the Steelers, Lewis spent three years as Defensive Coordinator with the New York Giants. In 2005, his defense did not allow a touchdown in a span that covered 15 quarters and 53 opponent possessions. During his three-year tenure, the Giants ranked sixth in the NFC in opponents passing yards per attempt average (6.79) and second in the conference in opponent passing plays of 25-plus yards allowed. In 2004, New York ranked fifth in the NFC in total defense allowing an average of 339.8 yards per game.

Lewis’ coaching career started as a graduate assistant at Texas A&M in 1987 under Jackie Sherrill, who was his coach as a player at the University of Pittsburgh.

Following two seasons with the Aggies, he spent four years (1989-92) as the Defensive Backs Coach at Southern Methodist University. After his stint in Dallas at SMU, Lewis joined legendary coach Johnny Majors at his alma mater for two seasons at the University of Pittsburgh.

Lewis was the 11th overall pick in the 1983 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. He played four seasons for the Packers and twice led or shared the team lead in interceptions before his career was cut short due to a neck injury suffered in the third game of the 1986 season against the Chicago Bears. He finished his career with 16 interceptions in 51 games, including a 99-yard interception return for a touchdown against the Rams on November 18, 1984 to set a Packers record.

Tim’s brother, Will, is the Direcotr of Pro Scouting for the Kansas City Chiefs. TIm and his wife, Shawn, have two daughters, Erin and Chelsea, and a son, Bryce.

Lewis’ Coaching Background
  • 2010-13 Secondary // Falcons
  • 2009 Defensive Backs // Seahawks
  • 2007-08 Secondary // Panthers
  • 2004-06 Defensive Coord. // Giants
  • 2000-03 Defensive Coord. // Steelers
  • 1995-99 Defensive Backs// Steelers
  • 1993-94 Defensive Backs // Univ. of Pittsburgh
  • 1989-92 Defensive Backs // Southern Methodist
  • 1987-88 Graduate Assistant // Texas A&M

Now entering his fourth season as the Falcons secondary coach, Tim Lewis’ influence and mark has been put on Atlanta’s defensive backfield. Since 2011, Atlanta’s defense ranks sixth in the League in interceptions (39) and seventh in passes defensed (169).

Under the guidance of Lewis in 2012, Atlanta’s secondary felt the presence of 10-year NFL veteran CB Asante Samuel. Samuel started 15 games and led the Falcons in passes defensed (19) and finished second in interceptions (five). His 19 passes defensed ranked fifth in the NFL and were the third highest total in his career. With the assistance of Lewis, Samuel notched his 50th career interception in Atlanta’s season finale against Tampa Bay in 2012. According to STATS LLC., Samuel is the second fastest cornerback to reach 50 career regular season interceptions, accomplishing the feat in 146 games. Only Lem Barney notched 50 interceptions in fewer games (114).

The 2012 season also saw the emergence of CB Robert McClain and safeties William Moore and Thomas DeCoud. McClain, the second-year corner out of Connecticut, burst onto the scene and tallied 65 tackles, 10 passes defensed, two fumble recoveries, one tackle for loss and one interception in 15 games. DeCoud finished 2012 with 89 tackles, nine passes defensed, a team-high and career-high six interceptions and one fumble recovery. The fifth- year safety out of California accounted for seven of Atlanta’s 31 takeaways in 2012. His safety-mate, Moore, posted a career year under Lewis’ tutelage. Moore recorded a career-high 105 tackles, eight passes defensed, four interceptions, four tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery, while earning NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance vs. the Saints in Week 13.

Atlanta continued to remake their secondary during the 2013 Draft. The Falcons selected four defensive backs in the draft, including CB Desmond Trufant (22nd overall), CB Robert Alford (60th overall), S Kemal Ishmael (243rd overall) and S Zeke Motta (244th overall). Lewis will be charged with helping mold this group of young players into contributors and possibly starter for the Falcons in 2013 and the seasons to come.

In 2011, the back-end of the Falcons defense was spearheaded by DeCoud who set a then career-high in interceptions (four); he also finished third on the team in tackles (108). In his second season with the Falcons, CB Dunta Robinson put together his most complete performance. The eight-year veteran finished fourth in tackles (64), tied for second in interceptions (two) and third in passes defensed (nine).

In his first season in Atlanta, Lewis made an immediate impact in the Falcons secondary in 2010. One of the many areas where his presence was strongly felt was in the rapid development of CB Brent Grimes.

Lewis’ meticulous work with Grimes vaulted the former small school product from Shippensburg from a potential starter in the preseason into a spot on the NFC Pro Bowl squad. Grimes emerged through Lewis’ help to set a new team record for passes defensed in a season (23). He was targeted 113 times by opposing quarterbacks and fought through that barrage to emerge as a dependable starter in a revamped Falcons secondary. Grimes showcased his talents and made Lewis proud by picking off a pass in the Pro Bowl.

Through the steady direction supplied by Lewis, Grimes and safety William Moore tied for team lead with five interceptions. Grimes was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week (15) after he caused two turnovers, including an interception, along with five passes defensed, to help the Falcons notch a 34- 18 win at Seattle. Moore finished third on team in tackles with a career-high 108.

Lewis brings 19 years of NFL coaching experience to the Falcons secondary. Lewis is known around the League for his expertise in the coverage and pressure package fields as he has served as either a Defensive Backs Coach or Defensive Coordinator throughout his entire coaching tenure.

Lewis began his pro career serving as the Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive Backs Coach for five seasons (1995-99) before being named Defensive Coordinator over the next four years. His defense ranked seventh overall in his first season as coordinator and jumped to lead the League in total defense in 2001. In 2002 and 2003, his unit also finished in the NFL’s top 10, giving him four-consecutive top-10 finishes as a Defensive Coordinator. Lewis coached the likes of cornerback Rod Woodson in Pittsburgh for two seasons (1995-96). In ’96, the Hall of Famer contributed with six interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) and 19 passes defensed.

Following his coaching stint with the Steelers, Lewis spent three years as Defensive Coordinator with the New York Giants. In 2005, his defense did not allow a touchdown in a span that covered 15 quarters and 53 opponent possessions. During his three-year tenure, the Giants ranked sixth in the NFC in opponents passing yards per attempt average (6.79) and second in the conference in opponent passing plays of 25-plus yards allowed. In 2004, New York ranked fifth in the NFC in total defense allowing an average of 339.8 yards per game.

Lewis’ coaching career started as a graduate assistant at Texas A&M in 1987 under Jackie Sherrill, who was his coach as a player at the University of Pittsburgh.

Following two seasons with the Aggies, he spent four years (1989-92) as the Defensive Backs Coach at Southern Methodist University. After his stint in Dallas at SMU, Lewis joined legendary coach Johnny Majors at his alma mater for two seasons at the University of Pittsburgh.

Lewis was the 11th overall pick in the 1983 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. He played four seasons for the Packers and twice led or shared the team lead in interceptions before his career was cut short due to a neck injury suffered in the third game of the 1986 season against the Chicago Bears. He finished his career with 16 interceptions in 51 games, including a 99-yard interception return for a touchdown against the Rams on November 18, 1984 to set a Packers record.

Tim’s brother, Will, is the Direcotr of Pro Scouting for the Kansas City Chiefs. TIm and his wife, Shawn, have two daughters, Erin and Chelsea, and a son, Bryce.

Lewis’ Coaching Background
  • 2010-13 Secondary // Falcons
  • 2009 Defensive Backs // Seahawks
  • 2007-08 Secondary // Panthers
  • 2004-06 Defensive Coord. // Giants
  • 2000-03 Defensive Coord. // Steelers
  • 1995-99 Defensive Backs// Steelers
  • 1993-94 Defensive Backs // Univ. of Pittsburgh
  • 1989-92 Defensive Backs // Southern Methodist
  • 1987-88 Graduate Assistant // Texas A&M
 

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