Frank Bush



Frank Bush was hired as the Falcons linebackers coach on Jan. 22, 2021.

In 2022, Atlanta's defense led the league in fewest penalties per game (1.06) and limited opponents to the second-fewest second half points per game this season allowing only 7.9 points per game after halftime.

Under Bush's guidance, in 2022, Rashaan Evans (159) and Mykal Walker (107) both set single-season career highs for total tackles. In his first season with Atlanta, Evans finished with the sixth-most total tackles in the NFL, had double-digit tackles in a career-high eight games and added six tackles for loss, four passes defensed, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and 2.0 sacks in 17 games.
Rookie Troy Anderson started the final four games of the 2022 season and finished with 62 total tackles (35 solo), three tackles for loss, three quarterback hits and one forced fumble.
In his first season coaching linebackers in Atlanta, Foye Oluokun finished with a league-leading 192 tackles, marking the most by any player in a single season since at least 2000. He also recorded double-digit tackles in 12 games - the most by a Falcon in a single season since 2000. Oluokun also tied for the team lead in interceptions with three.
Sixth-year linebacker Deion Jones matched his career high with 15 total tackles (11 solo), 1.0 sack and three tackles for a loss in a Week 7 win over Miami. Jones became the only Falcon to record at least 15 tackles and 1.0 sack in multiple games since 2000, having also done so in Week 13 of 2018 season, and was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance.
Prior to joining Atlanta's staff, Bush spent two seasons (2019-20) with the New York Jets as assistant head coach defense/linebackers coach and was promoted to defensive coordinator for the final four games of the 2020 season. Bush's defense held the Rams' and Browns' offenses to 20 and 16 points, leading to the Jets only two wins of the season.
From his linebacker corps, Neville Hewitt led the team with 131 tackles (89 solo), including six for a loss, four QB hits, four passes defensed and one forced fumble.
Prior to joining the Jets, Bush served two seasons with the Dolphins, as the team's assistant head coach/linebackers coach. During the 2018 season, linebacker Kiko Alonso (125) finished tied for 10th in the league in total tackles after finishing 13th a season earlier.
Bush spent four seasons as the Rams linebackers coach (2013-16), where he helped Alec Ogletree finish ninth among all NFL linebackers in total tackles (408) in just 52 games played in that span, while JamesbLaurinaitis (335) finished 20th in just 48 games (2013-15). Ogletree's 11 forced fumbles were tied for the fourth-most among all linebackers in that span, while his five interceptions ranked tied for eighth and his 33 passes defensed were tied for second-most. Additionally, Bush helped Mark Barron, selected seventh-overall in 2012 as a safety, switch to linebacker in the middle of the 2015 season. That season, Barron finished with 117 tackles, second on the team.
Returning to the Oilers/Titans organization in 2011, Bush spent two seasons in Tennessee (2011-12) and helping two rookies, 2012 second-round pick Akeem Ayers and 2011 fourth-round selection Colin McCarthy, earn starting roles.
Bush spent four seasons with the Texans (2007-10), the first two as a senior defensive assistant, working primarily with the defensive line, before serving as the team's defensive coordinator (2009-10). During his time in Houston, he saw the emergence of defensive end Mario Williams and linebackers DeMeco Ryans and Brian Cushing as Pro Bowl players, with Cushing earning Defensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2009.
Before joining the Texans, Bush spent three seasons (2004-06) with Arizona as the linebackers coach, adding the assistant head coach title in 2006. While he was with the Cardinals, Karlos Dansby, a second-round rookie in 2004, produced three-year totals of 222 tackles, 17.0 sacks, five forced fumbles and four interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns. In that span, he was one of only four players to produce at least 200 tackles, 15.0 sacks, five forced fumbles and four interceptions and the only one to score multiple touchdowns.
In his time with Denver (1995-2003), Bush earned two Super Bowl rings (XXXII and XXXIII), serving several different roles, including special teams coach (2001-03), secondary/nickel coach (2000) and linebackers coach (1995-99).
A three-year starter at North Carolina State, he was selected in the fifth-round by the Oilers in the 1985 NFL Draft. A starter at linebacker as a rookie, Bush earned All-Rookie honors before an injury in his second season and subsequent diagnosis of a narrow spinal canal forced an early end to his playing career.
Following his on-field career with Houston, he joined the team as a college scout for five seasons (1987-91) before transitioning to the coaching staff, initially as the team's linebackers coach (1992) and then as the defensive quality control/linebackers coach (1993-94).
Born in Athens, Ga., Bush is married to wife, Stephanie.

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