Jacobs joined the Panthers as assistant special teams coach in the 2019 offseason.
Ben Jacobs makes his coaching debut as the Panthers assistant special teams coach in the 2019 after concluding an eight-year playing career (2011-18), including his final six seasons (2013-18) with Carolina. A linebacker and key contributor on all four phases of special teams, Jacobs recorded 31 special teams tackles and eight tackles on defense in 73 career games played.
Jacobs led or tied for the team lead in special teams tackles in two of his seasons (2014 and 2018) with Carolina, and helped the Panthers win the NFC Championship and advance to Super Bowl 50 during the 2015 season.
In 2017, Jacobs played a significant role on a coverage unit that finished eighth in opponents’ punt return average, allowing just 5.9 yards per return. In 2016, Jacobs was part of a kickoff coverage unit that allowed a league-low 18.1 yards per kickoff return and finished fifth in the NFL with an opponents’ average drive start of the 23.7-yard line.
Jacobs entered the NFL in 2011 with the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent out of Fresno State.
2006-10 | Fresno State | Linebacker
2011-12 | Cleveland Browns | Linebacker
2012 | Cincinnati Bengals | Linebacker
2013-18 | Carolina Panthers | Linebacker
2019 | Carolina Panthers | Assistant Special Teams