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Mike Waufle
Defensive Line

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Mike Waufle is in his third season as the Rams’ defensive line coach, and 2014 marks the 17th season in which he’s coached the position at the NFL level. In his first 16 NFL seasons, Waufle’s teams have finished in the top 10 in sacks nine times, including last season when the Rams finished third in the category. The Rams’ 105 sacks since 2012 are the most by any team over that time frame.

Waufle’s unit was one of the strengths of the Rams in 2013. While St. Louis was third in sacks, they finished second in sacks per pass play. DE Robert Quinn led the NFC and finished second in the NFL with a Rams- record 19.0 sacks. Quinn was named First-Team All-Pro, captained one of the Pro Bowl squads and was the Pro Football Writers of America’s NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Quinn and Long (8.5) combined for 27.5 sacks, most by any pair of teammates last season. The Rams had five different linemen record at least five sacks last season.

The success of the St. Louis defensive line was not limited to the pass. Waufle’s group also helped pace the NFL’s ninth-ranked run defense, which marked the team’s first top-10 finish in the category since 2001.

In Waufle’s first season with the Rams, St. Louis tied for the league lead in sacks and finished first outright in sacks per pass play. Long (11.5) and Quinn (10.5) gave the Rams a pair of double-digit sackers for the first time since 2000. In addition, DT Michael Brockers was named to Pro Football Weekly’s All-Rookie team, and DE William Hayes reached a new career high with 7.0 sacks.

Waufle joined the Rams after a two-year stint with the Oakland Raiders. In 2010, Waufle’s first year in Oakland, the Raiders finished tied for second in the NFL in sacks with 47, just one off the pace of Pittsburgh’s league-leading total of 48. Like the Rams did in 2012, Oakland led the NFL in sacks per pass play in 2010. DT Richard Seymour went to the Pro Bowl following both of his seasons in which Waufle was his position coach.

From 2004-09, Waufle served as defensive line coach with the New York Giants and helped guide some of the NFL’s top pass rushers. The Giants led the NFL in sacks in 2007, and their defensive line sacked Tom Brady five times in Super Bowl XLII to help lead New York to a world championship. Three different defensive ends – Osi Umenyiora (2005, ’07), Michael Strahan (2005) and Justin Tuck (2008) – went to the Pro Bowl under Waufle’s watch. On Sept. 30, 2007, Waufle’s Giants tied the NFL single-game record as they recorded 12 sacks in a win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Waufle served in the same capacity with the Raiders from 1998-03. He helped Oakland earn three AFC West titles during his first stint with the Raiders, a run that included a 2002 AFC Championship and trip to Super Bowl XXXVII. DT Darrell Russell made two Pro Bowls (1998, ’99) during Waufle’s first tenure with the Raiders.

Waufle was defensive line coach at the University of California at Berkeley for six years before moving to nearby Oakland. While an assistant at Cal, Waufle was also recruiting coordinator. Waufle helped develop a number of NFL defensive linemen, including two first rounders in 1996 — Duane Clemons and Regan Upshaw — during his coaching career at Cal. Waufle was defensive line coach at Oregon State from 1990-91 and at UCLA in 1989.

Waufle began his coaching career at Alfred University in New York. He served as defensive line coach at Fresno State from 1985-88. From 1980-84, he was an assistant at Utah State, his alma mater, working one season as secondary coach, two years as offensive line coach and two seasons as defensive line coach.

The Hornell, N.Y. native joined the United States Marine Corps and served from 1972-75. Waufle played at Bakersfield Junior College, where the football team won the junior college national title and played in the Junior Rose Bowl in 1976. He then played on the defensive line at Utah State, where he was named captain as a senior. He was awarded the Scholastic/Athletic Excellence Award.

In 2009, Waufle received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps. General James T. Conway presented Waufle with the prestigious award.

The Waufle family includes his wife Kathy, two daughters, Michele and Marsha, son-in-law Sean Peterson, two granddaughters, Kiki and Loryn, and a grandson, Luke.

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Mike Waufle is in his third season as the Rams’ defensive line coach, and 2014 marks the 17th season in which he’s coached the position at the NFL level. In his first 16 NFL seasons, Waufle’s teams have finished in the top 10 in sacks nine times, including last season when the Rams finished third in the category. The Rams’ 105 sacks since 2012 are the most by any team over that time frame.

Waufle’s unit was one of the strengths of the Rams in 2013. While St. Louis was third in sacks, they finished second in sacks per pass play. DE Robert Quinn led the NFC and finished second in the NFL with a Rams- record 19.0 sacks. Quinn was named First-Team All-Pro, captained one of the Pro Bowl squads and was the Pro Football Writers of America’s NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Quinn and Long (8.5) combined for 27.5 sacks, most by any pair of teammates last season. The Rams had five different linemen record at least five sacks last season.

The success of the St. Louis defensive line was not limited to the pass. Waufle’s group also helped pace the NFL’s ninth-ranked run defense, which marked the team’s first top-10 finish in the category since 2001.

In Waufle’s first season with the Rams, St. Louis tied for the league lead in sacks and finished first outright in sacks per pass play. Long (11.5) and Quinn (10.5) gave the Rams a pair of double-digit sackers for the first time since 2000. In addition, DT Michael Brockers was named to Pro Football Weekly’s All-Rookie team, and DE William Hayes reached a new career high with 7.0 sacks.

Waufle joined the Rams after a two-year stint with the Oakland Raiders. In 2010, Waufle’s first year in Oakland, the Raiders finished tied for second in the NFL in sacks with 47, just one off the pace of Pittsburgh’s league-leading total of 48. Like the Rams did in 2012, Oakland led the NFL in sacks per pass play in 2010. DT Richard Seymour went to the Pro Bowl following both of his seasons in which Waufle was his position coach.

From 2004-09, Waufle served as defensive line coach with the New York Giants and helped guide some of the NFL’s top pass rushers. The Giants led the NFL in sacks in 2007, and their defensive line sacked Tom Brady five times in Super Bowl XLII to help lead New York to a world championship. Three different defensive ends – Osi Umenyiora (2005, ’07), Michael Strahan (2005) and Justin Tuck (2008) – went to the Pro Bowl under Waufle’s watch. On Sept. 30, 2007, Waufle’s Giants tied the NFL single-game record as they recorded 12 sacks in a win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Waufle served in the same capacity with the Raiders from 1998-03. He helped Oakland earn three AFC West titles during his first stint with the Raiders, a run that included a 2002 AFC Championship and trip to Super Bowl XXXVII. DT Darrell Russell made two Pro Bowls (1998, ’99) during Waufle’s first tenure with the Raiders.

Waufle was defensive line coach at the University of California at Berkeley for six years before moving to nearby Oakland. While an assistant at Cal, Waufle was also recruiting coordinator. Waufle helped develop a number of NFL defensive linemen, including two first rounders in 1996 — Duane Clemons and Regan Upshaw — during his coaching career at Cal. Waufle was defensive line coach at Oregon State from 1990-91 and at UCLA in 1989.

Waufle began his coaching career at Alfred University in New York. He served as defensive line coach at Fresno State from 1985-88. From 1980-84, he was an assistant at Utah State, his alma mater, working one season as secondary coach, two years as offensive line coach and two seasons as defensive line coach.

The Hornell, N.Y. native joined the United States Marine Corps and served from 1972-75. Waufle played at Bakersfield Junior College, where the football team won the junior college national title and played in the Junior Rose Bowl in 1976. He then played on the defensive line at Utah State, where he was named captain as a senior. He was awarded the Scholastic/Athletic Excellence Award.

In 2009, Waufle received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps. General James T. Conway presented Waufle with the prestigious award.

The Waufle family includes his wife Kathy, two daughters, Michele and Marsha, son-in-law Sean Peterson, two granddaughters, Kiki and Loryn, and a grandson, Luke.

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