Ryan Nielsen

Coaching Record

Years Coached Record Win % Playoff record Playoff win %
7 72-43-0 62.61% 3-4 42.86%


Career Summary

Ryan Nielsen is a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) and has been the defensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons since 2023. Prior to this season, he coached for the New Orleans Saints for six seasons. His most recent position was with the Saints as their co-defensive coordinator/defensive line coach. Nielsen will be the new defensive coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Personal Information

Nielsen was born on Tuesday, March 20, 1979 in Los Angeles, California.


Year Position Record Playoff record
2023 Atlanta Falcons Defensive Coordinator 7-10-0 0-0
2022 New Orleans Saints Co-Defensive Coordinator / Defensive Line Coach 7-10-0 0-0
2021 New Orleans Saints Assistant Head Coach / Defensive Line Coach 9-8-0 0-0
2020 New Orleans Saints Defensive Line Coach 12-4-0 1-1
2019 New Orleans Saints Defensive Line Coach 13-3-0 0-1
2018 New Orleans Saints Defensive Line Coach 13-3-0 1-1
2017 New Orleans Saints Defensive Line Coach 11-5-0 1-1
2002 USC Trojans Volunteer Assistant Coach 11-2-0

Coach history guide

Seasons with a championship win Seasons with a conference championship

Coach facts

  • Years as a coordinator: 1
  • Past teams coached for: Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints
  • Date of Birth: Tuesday, March 20, 1979 (44 years old), Los Angeles, California