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Frank Bush is in his first season with the Miami Dolphins after he was named assistant head coach/linebackers on Jan. 19, 2017.
Frank Bush is in his first season with the Miami Dolphins after he was named assistant head coach/linebackers on Jan. 19, 2017.

Bush has 33 total years of NFL experience including 26 years as a coach, five years as a scout and two years as a player. During that time, he spent two years as a defensive coordinator (Houston; 2009-10) and one season as an assistant head coach (Arizona; 2006) while he has primarily focused on the linebacker unit, the same position he played in college and the NFL.

Bush spent the past four years (2013-16) as the linebackers coach for the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams. He helped groom the team’s leading tackler in three of his four seasons with the Rams. In 2013, Bush guided a unit that had three of its six players in their first NFL season. Rookie Alec Ogletree led the team with 119 tackles (95 solo). His six forced fumbles was tied for third in the NFL.

In 2011-12, Bush coached the linebackers for Tennessee. Prior to that, he spent four seasons (2007-10) with the Houston Texans, including two (2009-10) as defensive coordinator.

As defensive coordinator, Bush helped the Texans establish new franchise lows for fewest points allowed per game (20.8) and yards allowed per game (324.9). In both 2009 and 2010, Houston allowed the two lowest rushing yardage totals up in their franchise’s history. Additionally, linebacker Brian Cushing earned Defensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2009.

Bush was the linebackers coach (2004-05) and assistant head coach/linebackers (2006) in Arizona and helped the team make a significant defensive turnaround. In 2003, the year before his arrival, the Cardinals ranked No. 26 in defense but improved to No. 12 in his first season (2004) and No. 8 in his second (2005).

Prior to Arizona, Bush spent nine seasons (1995-2003) with the Denver Broncos in a variety of coaching roles and earned two Super Bowl Rings (XXXII and XXXIII). On the 1998 championship team, the top three leading tackles (John Mobley, Glenn Cadrez and Bill Romanowski) were all linebackers – the position he coached.

Bush’s first coaching job came with the Houston Oilers from 1992-94 where he coached linebackers.

Prior to his coaching career, Bush served five seasons (1987-91) as a college scout for the Oilers. He was a fifth-round pick (133rd overall) by Houston in the 1985 NFL draft and played two seasons (1985-86) at linebacker before his career was cut short due to injury. He earned all-rookie honors in 1985.

A native of Athens, Georgia, Bush was a three-year starter at North Carolina State. He and his wife, Stephanie, reside in Fort Lauderdale.

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