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Matt Eberflus

Linebackers
College: 
Toledo
Hometown:
Toledo, OH
Experience: 
9

Bio Summary

Matt Eberflus joined the Dallas Cowboys on January 26, 2011 as the club’s linebackers coach. He added the title of passing game coordinator in 2016. Eber us, who enters his ninth season coaching in the NFL, returns for his seventh season with Dallas after spending two seasons as the Cleveland Browns line- backers coach. He spent 17 years prior to that coaching in the collegiate ranks.

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Matt Eberflus joined the Dallas Cowboys on January 26, 2011 as the club’s linebackers coach. He added the title of passing game coordinator in 2016. Eber us, who enters his ninth season coaching in the NFL, returns for his seventh season with Dallas after spending two seasons as the Cleveland Browns line- backers coach. He spent 17 years prior to that coaching in the collegiate ranks.

Coupled with his coaching duties with the linebackers, Eber us’ role as the passing game coordinator gave him more influence in the coverages amongst the linebackers and the secondary. In 2016 Eber us pre- sided over a linebacker corps that was again headlined by a career-setting year for Sean Lee. The defensive captain topped out the defense with 174 tackles and 12 tackles for loss - both career-highs - en route to his second consecutive Pro Bowl nod as an injury replacement for Luke Kuechly and was also named first team All-Pro. Anthony Hitchens finished third on the team with a career-high 104 stops to boast two linebackers amongst the top-three tacklers on the defense.

The 2015 season saw the return of Lee, who missed the entire 2014 season due to injury, and three players from his unit finished in the top- five in total tack- les. Lee shifted to the weakside linebacker position and saw immediate results, logging 156 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, his first career sacks (2.5) and added an interception as he was named to his first Pro Bowl. Pairing with Lee was Rolando McClain, who tallied 97 stops, two sacks and nine tackles for loss while taking over as the team’s starting middle linebacker. Second-year line- backer Hitchens followed up his stellar rookie campaign with 85 stops, 2.0 sacks and three tackles for loss while once again showing his worth in his versatility by seeing time at every position along the linebacker front.

With Lee (torn ACL) lost for the 2014 season, the club acquired Rolando McClain in a trade with Baltimore. McClain won the starting middle linebacker position out of training camp and went on to tally a career-best 108 stops - second on the squad - along with a team-leading nine tackles for loss and a career-high

wo interceptions, tying for third. Eber us was also credited with molding rookie linebacker Hitchens into a pro, as the young linebacker stepped in to start 11- of-16 games while seeing action at every linebacker position at some point during the season filling in for other injured players. Hitchens logged 100 tackles in his first year - third on the team; fifth-highest by a rookie in team history - to become the first rookie defender to record 100 tackles in a season since Roy Williams (127 - 2002). Eber us also received production from Bruce Carter, who led the team with a career-high five interceptions to tie for fourth in a single season by a linebacker in team history, while he also posted 75 tackles to place fifth on the team.

Eber us worked with a young and talented group as the defense transitioned to a 4-3 scheme in 2013. At the heart of the linebacking corps was Lee, who registered 123 tackles and a team-high four interceptions despite missing five games due to injury. Carter also put together a strong season from the weakside line- backer position, posting 122 tackles and recording his first two career sacks to go along with four tackles for loss and three pass breakups.

Under Eber us’ guidance in 2012, both DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer earned Pro Bowl berths. The duo became the fifth in club history to each reach double-digit sacks, Ware with a team-best 11.5 and Spencer with a career-high 11.0. Spencer led the team with a career-best 106 tackles, while Ware finished with 72 tackles, a team-best 33 pressures and five forced fumbles. The inside linebackers were shuffled throughout the year with both Lee and Carter suffering season-ending injuries. Lee managed 77 tackles, good for fourth on the team, and prior to his injury, he posted a then career-high 21 tackles that tied Lee Roy Jordan (9/26/71) for the most tackles in a game in franchise history. Carter finished with 80 tackles, third on the team, and led the squad with nine tackles for loss.

The 2011 season marked Eber us’ first year over- seeing the Cowboys linebackers, inheriting a unit led by All-Pro Ware, who once again terrorized NFL quarterbacks with 19.5 sacks - good for second in the NFC and the NFL and tops amongst all linebackers in the league - en route to his sixth consecutive selection as a Pro Bowl starter. Eber us also helped oversee the emergence of second-year linebacker Lee, who led the team with 131 tackles and tied for the team-lead with four interceptions, which were the most by an NFL linebacker in 2011. The overall production of the line- backer unit was seen on the final stat sheet, with five of Dallas’ top-10 tacklers - three of the top- five - coming from the position.

In 2010 Eber us led the charges of the Browns linebacking corps that had four of its starters finish in the top-10 in tackles.

In his first season with the Browns, Eber us guided a unit through a solid season despite the loss of both starting inside linebackers due to injury by midseason. Under Eber us’ guidance, David Bowens made a successful transition from an outside spot to the inside, finishing with a career-best 71 tackles, with 5.5 sacks.

Prior to entering the pro ranks, Eber us coached at the University of Missouri (2001-08). He came to Missouri as the defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach in 2001 and became the associate head coach/ defensive coordinator/safeties coach in 2006. While with Missouri, Eber us guided the Tigers defense to he Big 12 North Division title in 2007 and 2008, com- piling a 22-6 record over that span.

Before arriving in Missouri, Eber us spent nine years (1992-2000) at his alma mater, the University of Toledo. He served as a student assistant coach in 1992, then as a graduate assistant in 1993 before landing a full-time spot in 1994 as recruiting coordinator/outside linebackers coach. He held that position for two sea- sons before concentrating solely on outside linebackers for two more seasons (1996-98). For his last two years at Toledo, Eber us coached defensive backs. In his seven seasons as a full-timer, Toledo boasted a winning record each season, compiling a 56-22-2 record, including an 11-0-1 finish in 1995 and a 10-1 finish in 2000

Eber us was a four-year letterman and a three-year starting linebacker at Toledo. He earned rst-team All-Conference honors as a junior and senior as he led the team in tackles both years. He also served as a team captain as a senior and took home the Nicholson Trophy for contributing the most towards the success of the team

Eber us earned his degree in education from Toledo in 1993 and was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.

Eber us and his wife, Kelly, have two daughters, Grace and Giada.