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Ryan Slowik

Cumulative stats (All positions)

Years Coached Record Win % Playoff record Playoff win %
13 107-101-0 51.44% 3-4 42.86%


Ryan Slowik was a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) from 2003 until 2016, finishing his career with the Cleveland Browns as their outside linebackers coach. Over his thirteen years of coaching his teams compiled a cumulative record of 107-101-0.

Playing Career

Slowik started his collegiate playing career for Youngstown State as a defensive back before transferring to the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 2002. During his two seasons for the Titans, Slowik would earn varsity letters while playing Strong Safety. However, the team struggled during his time as a player, winning only eight of their twenty games. After his playing career, he joined the team's coaching staff.

UW-Oshkosh Coaching Career

In 2004, Slowik joined the Titans as Assistant Secondary Coach. While the team would win more games (5) than the previous two seasons, the team still struggled and finished 8th in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC). However, the secondary would more than double the number of interceptions from the previous season. After his only season coaching college, he would move to the NFL.

Professional Football

Denver Broncos

In 2005, Slowik joined the Denver Broncos coaching staff as a defensive assistant working closely with the defensive backs for two seasons. During his second season with the defensive backs, cornerback Champ Bailey was the league's runner-up for Defensive Player of the Year after leading the league in takeaways (11). During this time, the Broncos had their best season since their Super Bowl victory in the 1998 season, going 13-3 and losing to the eventual Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship in 2005. In 2007, Slowik moved away from defense and held the role of Special Teams Assistant Coach. Slowik worked with Special Teams coach Scott O'Brien. While the Special Teams excelled behind kicker Jason Elam's many walk-off field goals (4, most since the AFL/NFL merger), the team struggled to a 7-9 finish, their worst since 1999. In 2008, he returned to the defensive side of the ball as Assistant Defensive Backs coach. However, after yet another poor season, the Broncos fired head coach Mike Shanahan and Slowik moved to coaching with the Arizona Cardinals.

Arizona Cardinals

In 2009, Slowik joined the Cardinals as Defensive Quality Coach working closely with the linebackers. After serving three seasons in this role, he was promoted to the team's Outside Linebackers coach for the 2012 season. After his lone season as the Outside Linebackers coach, he returned to coaching the defensive backfield as the Assistant Defensive Backs coach. His time with the Cardinals secondary has coincided with the Cardinals having a top-five defense, with the team consistently towards the top of the league in takeaways. Also during his time with the Cardinals, they had two playoff appearances in six seasons for the first time since the '70s.

New York Jets

After the 2014 season, Slowik followed Todd Bowles to the New York Jets as the Assistant Defensive Line Coach.


Year Position Record Playoff record
2016 Outside Linebackers Coach 1-15-0 0-0
2015 Assistant Defensive Line Coach 10-6-0 0-0
2014 Defensive Backs Coach / Defensive Assistant Coach 11-5-0 0-1
2013 Defensive Backs (Secondary) Coach / Defensive Assistant Coach 10-6-0 0-0
2012 Outside Linebackers Coach / Defensive Quality Control Coach 5-11-0 0-0
2011 Outside Linebackers Coach / Defensive Quality Control Coach 8-8-0 0-0
2010 Outside Linebackers Coach / Defensive Quality Control Coach 5-11-0 0-0
2009 Outside Linebackers Coach / Defensive Quality Control Coach 10-6-0 1-1
2008 Assistant Defensive Backs (Secondary) Coach 8-8-0 0-0
2007 Special Teams Assistant Coach 7-9-0 0-0
2006 Defensive Assistant Coach 9-7-0 0-0
2005 Defensive Assistant Coach 13-3-0 1-1
2003 Personnel Intern 10-6-0 1-1

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