The Green Bay Packers named Patrick Graham defense – run game coordinator/inside linebackers coach on Jan. 24, 2018.
Graham joins the Packers after spending the past two seasons as the defensive line coach for the New York Giants. In 2016, his line accounted for 23 of the Giants’ 35 sacks and DT Damon Harrison was named first-team All-Pro by The Associated Press. Prior to coaching for New York, Graham spent seven seasons with the New England Patriots, serving as a coaching assistant (2009), defensive assistant (2010), linebackers coach (2011, 2014-15) and defensive line coach (2012-13). In his five seasons as a position coach in New England (2011-15), he was part of a staff that helped the defense rank No. 1 in the NFL over that span in takeaways (150) and tied for No. 4 in sacks (214). In 2014, the Patriots lost LB Jerod Mayo for the season due to injury and Graham helped LBs Dont’a Hightower (career-high six sacks) and Jamie Collins (career-best 115 tackles) have breakout seasons that played a role in the Patriots winning Super Bowl XLIX. Before the NFL, Graham was a graduate assistant at the University of Notre Dame (2007-08) and coached for three seasons at the University of Richmond, working as the assistant defensive line coach for one season (2004) and two as the tight ends coach (2005-06). He entered coaching as a graduate assistant at Wagner College (2002-03) after playing on the defensive line at Yale, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 2001.