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Travis Jones
Asst. Defensive Line
College:
Georgia
Hometown:
Milledgeville, Ga.
Entering his eighth year in the NFL, Travis Jones works with defensive line coach Bill Johnson in developing a talented defensive front that possesses a mixture of youth and experience. Known for his dedication to the fundamentals and his teaching skills, Jones begins his fifth season in New Orleans.
Entering his eighth year in the NFL, Travis Jones works with defensive line coach Bill Johnson in developing a talented defensive front that possesses a mixture of youth and experience. Known for his dedication to the fundamentals and his teaching skills, Jones begins his fifth season in New Orleans.

Jones has been part of significant improvement in the Saints run defense over the past three seasons, where their NFL ranking against the run has improved from 21st in 2009 to 12th in 2011.

In 2010, Jones helped tutor a line that contributed to the defense finishing in the top ten in the NFL in yards per game (fourth) and points per game (seventh). DT Sedrick Ellis broke out with career-highs in tackles (78) and sacks (6). His takedown total led the team and tied for third among NFL defensive tackles.

In 2009, DE Will Smith enjoyed his finest season as he ranked fifth in the NFL with 13 sacks, while the trio of Ellis, Anthony Hargrove and Remi Ayodele provided a solid pass rush on the interior of a line that played an important role on the Super Bowl XLIV champions.

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 sacks. DE 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.

Before arriving in Miami, Jones spent 2003-04 at LSU, where he was the defensive line coach/recruiting coordinator. In his first season, the Tigers’ defensive front recorded 31 of the team’s school-record 44 sacks, while also limiting opponents to 67 yards rushing per game – ranking third in the nation and first in the SEC.

At LSU, Jones coached a defensive front that featured DT 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 teammate DE Marquise Hill were selected in the NFL Draft. DE Marcus Spears was also named All-SEC in 2003 and was a consensus All-American in 2004. Spears was a No. 1 pick by Dallas in 2005.

Prior to his stint at LSU, Jones served as defensive line coach at the University of Kansas from 2001-02. There he developed the skills of Nate Dwyer, an All-Big 12 selection in 2001 and a fourth-round choice by Arizona in 2002. From 1998-2000, Jones was linebackers coach/recruiting coordinator at Appalachian State.

In 1997, Jones opened his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, the University of Georgia, where he worked with the defensive line, including a pair of freshmen in Richard Seymour and Marcus Stroud. Jones brings the added perspective of having played on the defensive front. He was a four-year letterwinner (1990-92, 94) as a defensive lineman for the
Bulldogs and served as a defensive captain as a senior. He graduated in 1995 and earned a master’s degree from the school in 1998.

Jones played one season with the Baltimore Stallions of the CFL in 1995 and joined the Florida Bobcats of the Arena League in 1996. A native of Irwinton, Ga., for the last six years he’s 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. This past summer, Jones also conducted a camp in Covington.

Jones and his wife, Melody, have two daughters, Kennedi and Averi and a son, Mason.

PLAYING CAREER: Georgia, 1990-94, Baltimore Stallions (CFL),
1995, Florida Bobcats (AFL), 1996.
COACHING CAREER: Georgia, 1997-98, Appalachian State,
1998-2000, Kansas, 2001-02, Louisiana State 2003-04, Miami Dolphins
2005-07, New Orleans Saints, 2008- .

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