The Dallas Cowboys hired Ben Bloom during the 2011 offseason to serve as the club’s defensive quality control coach and assist linebackers coach Matt Eberflus - whom Bloom worked with on the Cleveland Browns coaching staff in 2010. He moved to the defensive line in 2014 and in 2015, working with Dallas’ defensive ends. For 2016 Bloom is the club’s assistant coach/special projects where he will advise the head coach on game plan matchups and schemes, personnel group strategies, film and statistical analysis, game management and situational football strategy. On the field, Bloom will assist with special teams units.
Under Bloom’s watch in 2015, second-year pro DeMarcus Lawrence led the defense with a career-best 8.0 sacks while placing second with 31 pressures and third with eight tackles for losses. Along with Greg Hardy’s 6.0 sacks, the pass rushing duo accounted for 14.0 of the club’s 31 sacks on the year.
In Bloom’s first season working with the defensive ends, the 2014 season saw free agent addition Jeremy Mincey lead the club with 6.0 sacks and 39 quarterback pressures. He also saw production from veteran ends George Selvie - who tied for third on the team with 3.0 sacks along with 20 pressures - Anthony Spencer (17 pressures) and Jack Crawford (2.0 sacks). Bloom assisted with the tutelage of rookie second round draft pick Lawrence, who spent the first portion of the regular season on the Reserve/Injured-Returnable list after breaking his foot during training camp, but returned mid-season to finish with 11 tackles, a tackle for loss and six pressures. In the postseason Lawrence broke out with sacks in each of the team’s two playoff contests along with a fumble recovery to help seal the win against Detroit in the Wild Card Playoff Game.
In 2013 Bloom’s assistance with the linebackers featured a rise amongst Dallas’ young corps as both Sean Lee (second - 123) and Bruce Carter (third - 122) finished amongst the team’s top-five tacklers. Carter’s 122 stops also marked a career-best.
Bloom continued to work closely with Eberflus and the linebackers in 2012. Both DeMarcus Ware and Spencer earned Pro Bowl berths as they each reached double-digit sacks, 11.5 and 11.0, respectively. Spencer also led the team in tackles with a career-best 106.
In his first season with the Cowboys, Bloom aided with the breakdown of opposing offensive film while also helping put together the team’s weekly defensive playbook. In his role assisting Eberflus with the linebackers, Bloom worked with outside linebackers Ware and Spencer who accounted for 25.5 of the club’s 42.0 sacks - Ware, 19.5 (second in the NFL) and Spencer, 6.0. Another one of Bloom’s linebackers, Lee, led the squad with 131 tackles as the second-year pro started 15 of the 16 games at middle linebacker. Spencer finished fourth on the tackle chart (74) and Ware sixth (67).
As a defensive assistant for the Browns in 2010, Bloom helped prepare the defense during practice and with the breakdown of film for upcoming opponents. He spent the 2009 season with the Browns as an assistant in team operations.
Prior to joining the Browns, Bloom served as an assistant defensive line coach at Harvard University during the 2008 season. He earned his master’s degree in education from Tufts University, while serving as a graduate assistant and the defensive line coach there from 2005-07. Bloom also earned a bachelor’s in history from Tufts where he was a three-year letter winner on the football team. A native of Wellesley, Mass., Bloom and his wife, Eliot, live in Dallas with their daughter, Georgia.