Jeff Ulbrich enters his fifth year as the Falcons linebackers coach.
Jeff Ulbrich is entering his fifth year as the Falcons linebackers coach.
After Pro Bowl linebacker Deion Jones was sidelined due to injury early in the 2018 season, Ulbrich oversaw and helped expedite the growth of rookie linebacker Foye Oluokun once he was thrown into a larger role. Ulbrich helped guide the Yale alumni to a total of 89 tackles, the fourth-most by a Falcons rookie in a single season. Ulbrich also saw more growth from third-year linebacker De’Vondre Campbell, who led the team with 94 tackles and recorded 1.5 sacks.
In 2017, Ulbrich oversaw the growth of his second-year linebackers Deion Jones and De’Vondre Campbell. The tandem teamed up for 230 total tackles, three sacks, 14 passes defensed, and three interceptions. Ulbrich’s coaching played a part in Jones receiving his first Pro Bowl selection, after finishing tied for fourth in total tackles (138), and tying for first in interceptions among linebackers (3).
In 2016, Ulbrich coached Jones during his rookie year, who made an immediate impact on the defense. Jones led the team and all rookies in total tackles with 106. Also under Ulbrich’s guidance, Jones recorded three interceptions, which was a team-high and ranked in the top three among all linebackers in the NFL.
In his first season with the Falcons, Ulbrich coached LB Paul Worrilow who recorded a team-high 95 total tackles, a career-high two interceptions, and one forced fumble.
Ulbrich joined the Falcons after spending three seasons at UCLA. He was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2014 after serving as the assistant head coach, linebackers coach, and special teams coordinator during his first two years with the Bruins. Last season, Ulbrich’s defensive unit was ranked third in the Pac-12 in total defense. Under his guidance, LB Eric Kendricks won the Butkus Award and the Lott IMPACT Trophy after topping the nation in solo tackles per game and finishing sixth in the country in total tackles.
Kendricks also finished his career as UCLA’s all-time tackles leader, breaking LB Jerry Robinson’s record set between 1975 and 1978. Seven of Ulbrich’s defenders earned first or second-team all-conference honors and the Bruins held four opponents to less than 80 yards rushing during the 2014 campaign.
Ulbrich spent two seasons as a special teams assistant with the Seattle Seahawks (2010-11) before arriving in Westwood. Ulbrich was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the third round (86th overall) of the 2000 NFL Draft out of the University of Hawaii. He earned a starting role with the 49ers in 2001 and spent 10 seasons with the club before retiring in 2009.
Ulbrich was a two-year starter at Hawaii, where he earned All-WAC first-team selection at middle linebacker and was a team co-captain during his senior season.