Coaches

Rob Leonard
Assistant Defensive Line

Biography

Rob Leonard is in his fifth season on the Giants’ coaching staff, and his first as the team’s assistant defensive line coach. He spent the previous four seasons as a defensive assistant.

Leonard was part of a staff that coached the most-improved defense in the NFL. The unit allowed 158 fewer points and 1,290 fewer yards than it did in 2015. The Giants allowed an NFL-low 25 offensive touchdowns and surrendered less than 20 points eight times, their highest total since 2008, when they also did it eight times. They also had 35 sacks, or 12 more than they had in 2015.

Rob Leonard is in his fifth season on the Giants’ coaching staff, and his first as the team’s assistant defensive line coach. He spent the previous four seasons as a defensive assistant.

Leonard was part of a staff that coached the most-improved defense in the NFL. The unit allowed 158 fewer points and 1,290 fewer yards than it did in 2015. The Giants allowed an NFL-low 25 offensive touchdowns and surrendered less than 20 points eight times, their highest total since 2008, when they also did it eight times. They also had 35 sacks, or 12 more than they had in 2015.

In 2015, the Giants had 28 takeaways and a plus-seven turnover differential, one season after they had a minus-two differential. The 28 forced turnovers tied for the NFL’s sixth-highest total.

The Giants finished the 2014 season with 47 sacks, 14 more than they had the previous year and their highest total since they had 48 in 2011. The Giants had at least one sack in all 16 games for the first time since 2007.

In Leonard’s first year with the team, the defense ranked eighth in the league in total defense, allowing 332.3 yards a game, a significant improvement over the 2012 season, when the defense was ranked 31st, allowing 383.4 yards per game.

Leonard came to the Giants from North Carolina State, where he was a graduate assistant the previous three seasons.

Leonard began his coaching career in 2009 as a defensive assistant at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, N.C.

Leonard played three seasons at NC State after playing the 2004 season at Division III Washington & Jefferson College. The following year, he walked on with the Wolfpack and earned a scholarship while redshirting.

In 2006, Leonard played in all 12 games on special teams and was second on the team with 13 special teams stops. Leonard saw action from scrimmage in eight games at free safety and played on special teams in the other four contests in 2007. He ranked third on the team with 219 special teams snaps and second with 10 special teams tackles.

In 2008, the former walk-on was the Wolfpack’s starting strongside linebacker and leading tackler with 95. His 801 snaps were the highest total on the team. Leonard tied for third in the ACC in fumbles recovered with three. He led the team with a season-high 13 tackles vs. Florida State and tied for the team lead with 11 against Miami. He got his first career interception, which he returned 23 yards, vs. North Carolina. Leonard was the recipient of the team’s Mike Hardy Award, given to the player who plays beyond his capabilities.

Leonard was a four-year letterman at Moon High School in Moon Township, Pa. As a senior, he gained more than 1,500 all-purpose yards and scored 14 touchdowns. Leonard had a team-high seven interceptions and was a unanimous first-team all-conference selection after playing running back, defensive back, kick returner and punter. He was a second-team all-state cornerback.

Leonard and his wife, Anna, have two young sons, Bo and Luke.

 

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