Coach Bio

Gary Gibbs
Linebackers

Biography

Gary Gibbs enters his ninth season as the Chiefs linebackers coach in 2017. He joined Kansas City in 2009 after spending three years as the defensive coordinator in New Orleans (2006-08).

Respected in both the NFL and college football ranks, Gibbs enters his 16th season in the pro game after a 22-year career on the collegiate level that featured six seasons as the head coach at the University of Oklahoma (1989-94).

Under Gibbs’ guidance, veteran LBs Tamba Hali, Derrick Johnson and Justin Houston have flourished. Hali has registered 71.0 sacks in eight seasons, five of which were consecutive Pro Bowl seasons (2011-15). Johnson, a four-time Pro Bowler (2011, 2012, 2013, 2015), has registered 801 tackles in eight seasons, becoming the Chiefs all-time leader in tackles in 2016 racking up 1,191 tackles since his rookie season in 2005. Houston has tallied 60.0 sacks in his 69 career starts (-341.5 yards).

Most recently in 2016, Johnson and second-year LB Ramik Wilson ranked first and third on the roster in tackles with 90 and 76, respectively. Dee Ford had his best season, recording a career-best 10.0 sacks which led the defense, while Houston (4.0) and Hali (3.5) followed behind to finish second and third on the roster.  

In 2015, the Chiefs linebacker group ranked second in the NFL for interceptions by linebackers, tallying six on the season. 

In 2014, Houston captured the team’s single-season sack record and led the NFL with 22.0 sacks. His 22.0 sacks surpassed the previous record of 20.0 held by Chiefs LB Derrick Thomas set in 1990. Houston’s performance led to him being named the Derrick Thomas Award winner as the team’s MVP. Houston also tied for the team lead with 11.0 sacks in 2013, including a 4.5-sack performance at Philadelphia (9/19/13), helping him earn AFC Defensive Player of the Month for September.

In 2012, the trio of Hali, Houston and Johnson each earned a spot in the Pro Bowl, marking the first time in franchise history that the club has sent three linebackers to the NFL All-Star Game in the same season. Gibbs served as the club’s interim defensive coordinator for the final eight games of the 2012 season.

Following the 2011 season, Hali and Johnson combined as the first LB duo in team history selected to the Pro Bowl in the same season since Bobby Bell and Willie Lanier (1972 season).

Prior to joining the Chiefs, Gibbs spent three seasons as the defensive coordinator with New Orleans (2006-08). In his first season, the Saints reached the NFC Championship Game for the first time in team history. They ranked 11th in total defense, allowing 307.3 ypg that season. After ranking 28th in the league in scoring defense in 2005, they ranked 13th in that category under Gibbs in 2006, allowing 20.1 ppg.

He joined the Saints after spending four seasons as linebackers coach in Dallas (2002-05). Gibbs entered the NFL after one-year stints as the defensive coordinator at LSU (2001) and Georgia (2000). At Georgia, Gibbs tutored a defense that allowed only 18.0 ppg and ranked ninth nationally in total defense.

Gibbs began his football career at Oklahoma, spending 23 years at the school as a player and coach. Over that span, the Sooners appeared in 16 bowl games and won three national championships (1974, 1975 and 1985). In his six seasons as head coach, the Sooners went to three bowl games: the 1990 Gator Bowl, 1993 John Hancock Bowl and 1994 Copper Bowl. Gibbs produced 25 NFL draftees during his head coaching stint despite probation stipulations that severely limited the school’s scholarship allotment.

Gibbs began his coaching career at Oklahoma as a graduate assistant in 1975 and was promoted to linebackers coach in 1978. He guided the linebackers for three seasons before taking over the club’s defensive coordinator duties in 1981. During his tenure, Oklahoma won the 1985 national championship and led the nation in total defense for three consecutive years (1985-87). A linebacker at Oklahoma from 1972-74, Gibbs helped the Sooners post a 32-1-1 overall mark during his playing tenure, including a national title in 1974. Gibbs attended training camp with the New England Patriots as a rookie free agent in 1975. He lettered in both football and baseball at Spring Branch High School in Houston, Texas.

Education: Oklahoma (B.B.A. 1974; M.B.A. 1976). Born: Beaumont, Texas. Family: Wife - Jeanne; Children - Whitley and Jordan.

Gary Gibbs enters his ninth season as the Chiefs linebackers coach in 2017. He joined Kansas City in 2009 after spending three years as the defensive coordinator in New Orleans (2006-08).

Respected in both the NFL and college football ranks, Gibbs enters his 16th season in the pro game after a 22-year career on the collegiate level that featured six seasons as the head coach at the University of Oklahoma (1989-94).

Under Gibbs’ guidance, veteran LBs Tamba Hali, Derrick Johnson and Justin Houston have flourished. Hali has registered 71.0 sacks in eight seasons, five of which were consecutive Pro Bowl seasons (2011-15). Johnson, a four-time Pro Bowler (2011, 2012, 2013, 2015), has registered 801 tackles in eight seasons, becoming the Chiefs all-time leader in tackles in 2016 racking up 1,191 tackles since his rookie season in 2005. Houston has tallied 60.0 sacks in his 69 career starts (-341.5 yards).

Most recently in 2016, Johnson and second-year LB Ramik Wilson ranked first and third on the roster in tackles with 90 and 76, respectively. Dee Ford had his best season, recording a career-best 10.0 sacks which led the defense, while Houston (4.0) and Hali (3.5) followed behind to finish second and third on the roster.  

In 2015, the Chiefs linebacker group ranked second in the NFL for interceptions by linebackers, tallying six on the season. 

In 2014, Houston captured the team’s single-season sack record and led the NFL with 22.0 sacks. His 22.0 sacks surpassed the previous record of 20.0 held by Chiefs LB Derrick Thomas set in 1990. Houston’s performance led to him being named the Derrick Thomas Award winner as the team’s MVP. Houston also tied for the team lead with 11.0 sacks in 2013, including a 4.5-sack performance at Philadelphia (9/19/13), helping him earn AFC Defensive Player of the Month for September.

In 2012, the trio of Hali, Houston and Johnson each earned a spot in the Pro Bowl, marking the first time in franchise history that the club has sent three linebackers to the NFL All-Star Game in the same season. Gibbs served as the club’s interim defensive coordinator for the final eight games of the 2012 season.

Following the 2011 season, Hali and Johnson combined as the first LB duo in team history selected to the Pro Bowl in the same season since Bobby Bell and Willie Lanier (1972 season).

Prior to joining the Chiefs, Gibbs spent three seasons as the defensive coordinator with New Orleans (2006-08). In his first season, the Saints reached the NFC Championship Game for the first time in team history. They ranked 11th in total defense, allowing 307.3 ypg that season. After ranking 28th in the league in scoring defense in 2005, they ranked 13th in that category under Gibbs in 2006, allowing 20.1 ppg.

He joined the Saints after spending four seasons as linebackers coach in Dallas (2002-05). Gibbs entered the NFL after one-year stints as the defensive coordinator at LSU (2001) and Georgia (2000). At Georgia, Gibbs tutored a defense that allowed only 18.0 ppg and ranked ninth nationally in total defense.

Gibbs began his football career at Oklahoma, spending 23 years at the school as a player and coach. Over that span, the Sooners appeared in 16 bowl games and won three national championships (1974, 1975 and 1985). In his six seasons as head coach, the Sooners went to three bowl games: the 1990 Gator Bowl, 1993 John Hancock Bowl and 1994 Copper Bowl. Gibbs produced 25 NFL draftees during his head coaching stint despite probation stipulations that severely limited the school’s scholarship allotment.

Gibbs began his coaching career at Oklahoma as a graduate assistant in 1975 and was promoted to linebackers coach in 1978. He guided the linebackers for three seasons before taking over the club’s defensive coordinator duties in 1981. During his tenure, Oklahoma won the 1985 national championship and led the nation in total defense for three consecutive years (1985-87). A linebacker at Oklahoma from 1972-74, Gibbs helped the Sooners post a 32-1-1 overall mark during his playing tenure, including a national title in 1974. Gibbs attended training camp with the New England Patriots as a rookie free agent in 1975. He lettered in both football and baseball at Spring Branch High School in Houston, Texas.

Education: Oklahoma (B.B.A. 1974; M.B.A. 1976). Born: Beaumont, Texas. Family: Wife - Jeanne; Children - Whitley and Jordan.