Larry Foote

Coaching Record

Years Coached Record Win % Playoff record Playoff win %
9 79-67-1 54.08% 7-4 63.64%


Career Summary

Larry Foote was a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) from 2015 to 2023, finishing his career as the defensive pass game coordinator/inside linebackers coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Over his nine years of coaching his teams compiled a cumulative win/loss record of 79-67-1.

Personal Information

Foote was born on Thursday, June 12, 1980 in Detroit, Michigan.

Table of Contents

Playing Career

College Career

University of Michigan

Larry Foote played college football at the University of Michigan under head coach Lloyd Carr. From 1998-2001 Foote played linebacker for the Wolverines, with his senior year being his most successful. Foote was voted All-Big Ten conference and Defensive Player of the Year in addition he was voted an All-American in 2001. At the conclusion of his college career, he entered the NFL draft.

Professional Playing Career

Pittsburgh Steelers

Foote was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2002 under head coach Bill Cowher. During his first two seasons in the league, he played a limited role for the Steelers. However, by the 2004 season, he was a full-time starter for the Steelers and started the next 80 games for the Steelers, winning two Super Bowls with the team in 2005 and 2008. However, his playing time was diminishing his last season and he requested to be released by the Steelers.

Detroit Lions

After the Super Bowl win after the 2008 season, Foote signed a free agent contract with his hometown team, the Detroit Lions. He played one season with the Lions under new head coach Jim Schwartz where the team struggled to a 2-14 finish.

Pittsburgh Steelers

After his year stint with the Lions he returned to the Steelers from 2010-2013. His second stint with the team was not as successful as his first. He only started 21 games (playing in 48 in total) before his 2013 season was cut short after one game due to a ruptured bicep. Released from his contract at the conclusion of the season, he hit free agency again.

Arizona Cardinals

In 2014, Foote signed as a reserve linebacker for the Arizona Cardinals, coached by Bruce Arians who coached the Steelers offense for many years that Foote was with the team. Initially planning to be a temporary replacement for the Cardinals while they waited out Daryl Washington's suspension, initially planning to be a few games. However, Washington was suspended for the entire season and Foote ended up starting 15 games for the Cardinals who would finish the season 11-5 and make the playoffs.

Coaching Career

Professional Coaching Career

Arizona Cardinals

After the 2014 season, Foote was released from his contract with the Cardinals in a procedural move to allow him to pursue a coaching career with the team. Working as the team's inside linebacker coach throughout the offseason, he has still considered continuing his playing career at some point.


Year Position Record Playoff record
2023 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Pass Game Coordinator / Inside Linebackers Coach 9-8-0 1-1
2022 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Passing Game Coordinator / Inside Linebackers Coach 8-9-0 0-1
2021 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Outside Linebackers Coach 13-4-0 1-1
2020 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Outside Linebackers Coach 11-5-0 4-0
2019 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Outside Linebackers Coach 7-9-0 0-0
2018 Arizona Cardinals Linebackers Coach 3-13-0 0-0
2017 Arizona Cardinals Inside Linebackers Coach 8-8-0 0-0
2016 Arizona Cardinals Inside Linebackers Coach 7-8-1 0-0
2015 Arizona Cardinals Inside Linebackers Coach 13-3-0 1-1

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