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Curtis Fuller
Defensive Backs
College:
Texas Christian
Experience:
9

Bio

COACHING
A former NFL safety, Curtis Fuller brings firsthand knowledge to his role as the Panthers' defensive backs coach. He was elevated to the position in 2017 when Steve Wilks became the team's defensive coordinator.

Fuller has worked with defensive backs in some capacity every season since joining the Carolina coaching staff in 2013. In 2016, he helped mentor three rookie cornerbacks in James Bradberry, Daryl Worley and Zack Sanchez while serving as the assistant defensive backs/nickels coach for a unit that tied for the NFC lead with 17 interceptions. Bradberry and Worley emerged as the team's starting cornerbacks and finished first and second on the team in passes defensed with 11 and 10 respectively.

During the 2015 season as the assistant special teams/nickel backs coach, he aided Wilks with a secondary that helped the Panthers win the NFC Championship and pace the NFL in interceptions (24), total takeaways (39) and turnover differential (plus-20). In-season injuries stressed the group, but Carolina still limited opposing quarterbacks to an NFL-low 73.5 passer rating and finished sixth in the NFL in total defense – the team's fourth consecutive season in the top 10.

In addition, Fuller assisted with a special teams unit that featured a record-setting year from kicker Graham Gano, who recorded a franchise-best 146 points and converted 30 field goals. Returner Ted Ginn, Jr. ranked second in the NFC and fifth in the NFL with a 10.3-yard punt return average.

In 2014 as defensive assistant/defensive backs coach, Fuller helped mentor a secondary that was instrumental in the Panthers' 10th-ranked defense and featured a number of young players in prominent roles. Third-year cornerback Josh Norman enjoyed a breakout season, and two rookies – Bene Benwikere at cornerback and Tre Boston at safety – established themselves as starters. Nine-year veteran safety Roman Harper anchored the group.

As a coaching assistant in 2013, Fuller contributed to a coaching staff that helped Carolina finish second in the NFL in total defense, second in rushing defense and sixth in passing defense. Working closely with Wilks, Fuller assisted with a secondary that accounted for 16 of the Panthers' 20 interceptions, including a team-record four returned for touchdowns.

Fuller came to Carolina from the Tennessee Titans, where he was assistant secondary coach in 2012. In his one season with the Titans, the team ranked seventh in the NFL with 19 interceptions.

Prior to the Titans, he spent two seasons with the Green Bay Packers from 2009-10. Following one year as a special teams assistant in 2009, Fuller supported coaches off the field and helped coach the secondary on the field as the team's coaching administrator in 2010 when the Packers won Super Bowl XLV.

He also gained coaching experience with the Packers at training camp in 2008 as a participant in the NFL's Minority Internship Program before serving as the defensive coordinator at Plano (Texas) East High School that fall.

Fuller began his coaching career as a special teams assistant with the Oakland Raiders in 2007 after working as a scouting department assistant with the Dallas Cowboys in 2006.

PLAYING AND PERSONAL
Chosen in the fourth round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks, Fuller played in 42 games with two starts in four seasons with the Seahawks, Packers and Panthers. He recorded 52 tackles, one interception and five passes defensed.

A two-time All-Western Athletic Conference selection at Texas Christian, Fuller produced 257 tackles, three interceptions and 19 passes defensed in three seasons after transferring from Tyler Junior College. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology and earned a master's degree in liberal arts.

HISTORY
Defensive back: Tyler Junior College 1997, Texas Christian 1998-2000. Pro defensive back: Seattle Seahawks 2001-02, Green Bay Packers 2003-04, Carolina Panthers 2004. Pro coach: Oakland Raiders 2007, Green Bay Packers 2009-10, Tennessee Titans 2012, joined Panthers in 2013.

COACHING
A former NFL safety, Curtis Fuller brings firsthand knowledge to his role as the Panthers' defensive backs coach. He was elevated to the position in 2017 when Steve Wilks became the team's defensive coordinator.

Fuller has worked with defensive backs in some capacity every season since joining the Carolina coaching staff in 2013. In 2016, he helped mentor three rookie cornerbacks in James Bradberry, Daryl Worley and Zack Sanchez while serving as the assistant defensive backs/nickels coach for a unit that tied for the NFC lead with 17 interceptions. Bradberry and Worley emerged as the team's starting cornerbacks and finished first and second on the team in passes defensed with 11 and 10 respectively.

During the 2015 season as the assistant special teams/nickel backs coach, he aided Wilks with a secondary that helped the Panthers win the NFC Championship and pace the NFL in interceptions (24), total takeaways (39) and turnover differential (plus-20). In-season injuries stressed the group, but Carolina still limited opposing quarterbacks to an NFL-low 73.5 passer rating and finished sixth in the NFL in total defense – the team's fourth consecutive season in the top 10.

In addition, Fuller assisted with a special teams unit that featured a record-setting year from kicker Graham Gano, who recorded a franchise-best 146 points and converted 30 field goals. Returner Ted Ginn, Jr. ranked second in the NFC and fifth in the NFL with a 10.3-yard punt return average.

In 2014 as defensive assistant/defensive backs coach, Fuller helped mentor a secondary that was instrumental in the Panthers' 10th-ranked defense and featured a number of young players in prominent roles. Third-year cornerback Josh Norman enjoyed a breakout season, and two rookies – Bene Benwikere at cornerback and Tre Boston at safety – established themselves as starters. Nine-year veteran safety Roman Harper anchored the group.

As a coaching assistant in 2013, Fuller contributed to a coaching staff that helped Carolina finish second in the NFL in total defense, second in rushing defense and sixth in passing defense. Working closely with Wilks, Fuller assisted with a secondary that accounted for 16 of the Panthers' 20 interceptions, including a team-record four returned for touchdowns.

Fuller came to Carolina from the Tennessee Titans, where he was assistant secondary coach in 2012. In his one season with the Titans, the team ranked seventh in the NFL with 19 interceptions.

Prior to the Titans, he spent two seasons with the Green Bay Packers from 2009-10. Following one year as a special teams assistant in 2009, Fuller supported coaches off the field and helped coach the secondary on the field as the team's coaching administrator in 2010 when the Packers won Super Bowl XLV.

He also gained coaching experience with the Packers at training camp in 2008 as a participant in the NFL's Minority Internship Program before serving as the defensive coordinator at Plano (Texas) East High School that fall.

Fuller began his coaching career as a special teams assistant with the Oakland Raiders in 2007 after working as a scouting department assistant with the Dallas Cowboys in 2006.

PLAYING AND PERSONAL
Chosen in the fourth round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks, Fuller played in 42 games with two starts in four seasons with the Seahawks, Packers and Panthers. He recorded 52 tackles, one interception and five passes defensed.

A two-time All-Western Athletic Conference selection at Texas Christian, Fuller produced 257 tackles, three interceptions and 19 passes defensed in three seasons after transferring from Tyler Junior College. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology and earned a master's degree in liberal arts.

HISTORY
Defensive back: Tyler Junior College 1997, Texas Christian 1998-2000. Pro defensive back: Seattle Seahawks 2001-02, Green Bay Packers 2003-04, Carolina Panthers 2004. Pro coach: Oakland Raiders 2007, Green Bay Packers 2009-10, Tennessee Titans 2012, joined Panthers in 2013.