Chuck Smith

Outside Linebackers Coach

College: Tennessee

Hometown: Athens, GA

Experience: 2 years


CHUCK SMITH was hired as the Ravens' outside linebackers coach in 2023. He brings extensive and diverse experiences as a dominant pass rusher in his playing days (1992-2000), a defensive assistant at the collegiate and pro level and as a private pass rush trainer. He has regularly worked with draft eligible prospects and as a training camp consultant for several NFL teams, including the Ravens in 2008. Smith also served as the New York Jets' pass rush specialist in 2009, the University of Tennessee's defensive line coach in 2010 and a Cincinnati Bengals' Bill Walsh Coaching Fellow during their 2015 training camp.

  • Has 20 years of experience developing and operating a pass rush training program that has been utilized by many professional and collegiate players and coaches.
  • Directed field drills and hosted film sessions at OLB Von Miller's annual Pass Rush Summit...The summit's 2022 attendees included DT Calais Campbell, DE Maxx Crosby, DE Dee Ford, OLB Justin Houston, DE Chandler Jones, DE Cameron Jordan and DE George Karlaftis.
  • Has trained Pro Bowl and All-Pro players, including DT Aaron Donald, DE Carlos Dunlap, DT Albert Haynesworth, DE Robert Mathis and DE Osi Umenyiora.
  • Served as a pass rush specialist for a 2009 Jets' defense that ranked No. 1 in several categories, including yards allowed per game (252.3), points allowed per game (14.8), first downs allowed per game (14.8) and opponent third-down conversion percentage (31.5%).

2010: (with University of Tennessee) Coached the defensive line at his alma mater...Tennessee's defense permitted 25.1 points per game and 382.2 yards per game...DT Malik Jackson recorded 48 tackles (29 solo), 5 sacks and a team-high 11 TFL, earning AP second-team All-SEC honors.

2009: (with New York Jets) Served as a pass rush specialist with a Jets team that reached the AFC Championship game...The Jets' defense ranked No. 1 in several categories, including yards allowed per game (252.3), points allowed per game (14.8), first downs allowed per game (14.8) and opponent third-down conversion percentage (31.5%).

NFL Player: (1992-2000) Became a second-round draft pick (51st overall) of the Atlanta Falcons in 1992...Spent eight years (1992-99) with Atlanta and one year (2000) with the Carolina Panthers, helping the Falcons reach Super Bowl XXXIII in 1998...Appearing in 125 games (89 starts), tallied 322 tackles, 58.5 sacks, 20 FFs, 12 FRs, 3 INTs and 2 defensive TDs (1 INT and 1 FR)...The three-time NFC Defensive Player of the Week and 1997 second-team All-Pro once produced a five-sack game and currently ranks third on the Falcons' all-time sacks chart.

COLLEGE: Played collegiately at Tennessee (1990-91), where his team won the 1990 SEC Championship and defeated Virginia in the Sugar Bowl...Was named a unanimous 1991 All-Conference performer after leading the SEC in sacks as a senior for the Fiesta Bowl-bound Volunteers...Was also named MVP of the Senior Bowl following that season... Played two years (1988-89) of junior college football at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M prior to earning a scholarship at Tennessee.

PERSONAL: Was a Cincinnati Bengals' Bill Walsh Coaching Fellow during the 2015 training camp...Nicknamed "Dr Rush"...Was taken under the wing of Hall of Famer and Tennessee alum Reggie White, who often worked out at Tennessee's facilities during the offseason...Following his playing days, took internships at Atlanta radio stations and worked on CNN's "Nancy Grace" show before hosting several shows on Atlanta-based radio stations...Has been active in the community, serving on the executive board of the Boy Scouts of America, the advisory board of the Gwinnett County (GA) School system, the Gwinnett Medical Center Concussion advisory board and the athletic board at the University of Tennessee...The Georgia native prepped at Athens' Clarke Central HS...Smith has two sons, Chuck IV and Maddox, and one daughter, Giovani...Chuck IV is a DE at Wofford College, while Maddox is a WR commit for Gardner-Webb University.