Coaches

Jim Herrmann
Linebackers Coach
College:
Michigan
Hometown:
Cincinnati, OH
Experience:
12

Jim Herrmann enters his second season with the Colts as the team’s linebackers coach. He has 34 years of coaching experience, including 11 seasons in the NFL.

 

Last season, Herrmann was pivotal in the development of first-year inside linebacker Edwin Jackson. After spending time on the Colts practice squad in 2015, Jackson appeared in all 16 games (eight starts) in 2016 and finished third on the team with 61 tackles (42 solo). He also contributed 1.0 tackle for loss and 2.0 sacks. Herrmann also guided rookie fourth-round pick Antonio Morrison, who played in all 16 games (four starts) and totaled 45 tackles (28 solo) and 3.0 tackles for loss. Veteran inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson spearheaded the group and led the team in tackles (81) for the third consecutive season, while adding 5.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, three passes defensed and two fumble recoveries.

 

Prior to Indianapolis, Herrmann served as the linebackers coach for the New York Jets (2006-08) and the New York Giants (2009-2015) after spending 21 years on the coaching staff at his alma mater, the University of Michigan (1983, 1986-2005).

 

In 2015, Herrmann guided a Giants unit that used six different starting lineups at linebacker as the team battled through injuries. Linebacker Jonathan Casillas ranked second on the team with 88 tackles (67 solo), while fellow linebacker Jasper Brinkley ranked third with 67 stops (49 solo).

 

Herrmann was instrumental in the development of rookie linebacker Devon Kennard in 2014. The fifth-round draft pick played in 12 games (six starts) and totaled 43 tackles (36 solo) and 4.5 sacks. Kennard was selected as NFC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 14) after recording six solo tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks and a forced fumble against the Tennessee Titans. He became the first Giants defensive rookie to be honored as a Player of the Week. After losing starting linebacker Jon Beason early in the season due to injury, former Baltimore Raven Jameel McClain was thrust into the starting role for the Giants. Herrmann helped McClain establish a career-high with 117 tackles (75 solo) and tie his career-best with 2.5 sacks.

 

In 2013, Herrmann’s unit helped the Giants defense finish eighth in the NFL after allowing 332.3 yards per game. New York used a linebacker by committee approach in 2011 after losing starter Jonathan Goff due to injury. The unit was manned by Chase Blackburn, Michael Boley and four rookie linebackers in Greg Jones, Mark Herzlich, Jacquian Williams and Spencer Paysinger as the Giants went on to win Super Bowl XLVI. In 2010, the Giants finished seventh in the NFL in total defense (310.8 ypg.) and eighth against the run (101.3 ypg.).

 

Prior to joining the Giants, Herrmann was the linebackers coach of the New York Jets from 2006-08. In 2008, the Jets defense ranked seventh in the NFL against the run (94.9 ypg.) and 16th overall (329.4 ypg.). Two of Herrmann’s positional players, Eric Barton and Calvin Pace, were the team’s top tacklers. In 2007, Herrmann was joined in New York by one of his former Michigan players, linebacker David Harris, whom the club drafted in the second round. As a rookie, Harris led the team with 117 tackles and tied for the team lead with 5.0 sacks.

 

Herrmann coached at Michigan for two decades (1983, 1986-2005) before making the jump to the NFL. He served as defensive coordinator/linebackers (1997-2005), linebackers/special teams (1995-96), inside linebackers (1990-94), volunteer coach (1988-89) and graduate assistant (1983, 1986-87) while in Ann Arbor. In his first season as defensive coordinator in 1997, the Wolverines won the national championship while leading the nation in multiple defensive categories, including total yards, scoring and pass efficiency. Herrmann received the Broyles Award as the National Assistant Coach of the Year.

 

In his nine years as defensive coordinator, Michigan won five Big Ten championships and the defense held 47 opponents to less than 100 rushing yards. The Wolverines defense led the Big Ten in sacks three times (1997, 2001, 2002) and set a school record with 50 sacks in 2001. Herrmann coached six All-America selections, including Marlin Jackson, Ernest Shazor, Leon Hall, LaMarr Woodley, Larry Foote and Charles Woodson, who won the 1997 Heisman Trophy and was named the national Defensive Player of the Year as a senior.

 

Herrmann began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater in 1983. He then coached for two years at the high school level in Michigan at Harper Woods Notre Dame High School (1984) and Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (1985) before returning to the University of Michigan in 1986.

 

He was a three-year letter winner at linebacker for Michigan. In 1980, he was a member of Bo Schembechler’s first Rose Bowl-winning team. Herrmann was a three-sport athlete and standout linebacker at Dearborn Divine High School.

 

Jim is married to May Chamoun and they have two daughters, Christine and Jessica, and two sons, Cory and Timothy.

 

Coaching Career

1983                University of Michigan                                    Graduate Assistant

1984                Harper Woods Notre Dame High School       Linebackers

1985                Orchard Lake St. Mary’s                                Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers

1986-1987       University of Michigan                                    Graduate Assistant

1988-1989       University of Michigan                                    Volunteer Coach

1990-1994       University of Michigan                                    Inside Linebackers

1995-1996       University of Michigan                                    Linebackers/Special Teams

Coordinator

1997-2005       University of Michigan                                    Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers

2006-2008       New York Jets                                                            Linebackers

2009-2015       New York Giants                                            Linebackers   

2016-2017       Indianapolis Colts                                            Linebackers

Jim Herrmann enters his second season with the Colts as the team’s linebackers coach. He has 34 years of coaching experience, including 11 seasons in the NFL.

 

Last season, Herrmann was pivotal in the development of first-year inside linebacker Edwin Jackson. After spending time on the Colts practice squad in 2015, Jackson appeared in all 16 games (eight starts) in 2016 and finished third on the team with 61 tackles (42 solo). He also contributed 1.0 tackle for loss and 2.0 sacks. Herrmann also guided rookie fourth-round pick Antonio Morrison, who played in all 16 games (four starts) and totaled 45 tackles (28 solo) and 3.0 tackles for loss. Veteran inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson spearheaded the group and led the team in tackles (81) for the third consecutive season, while adding 5.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, three passes defensed and two fumble recoveries.

 

Prior to Indianapolis, Herrmann served as the linebackers coach for the New York Jets (2006-08) and the New York Giants (2009-2015) after spending 21 years on the coaching staff at his alma mater, the University of Michigan (1983, 1986-2005).

 

In 2015, Herrmann guided a Giants unit that used six different starting lineups at linebacker as the team battled through injuries. Linebacker Jonathan Casillas ranked second on the team with 88 tackles (67 solo), while fellow linebacker Jasper Brinkley ranked third with 67 stops (49 solo).

 

Herrmann was instrumental in the development of rookie linebacker Devon Kennard in 2014. The fifth-round draft pick played in 12 games (six starts) and totaled 43 tackles (36 solo) and 4.5 sacks. Kennard was selected as NFC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 14) after recording six solo tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks and a forced fumble against the Tennessee Titans. He became the first Giants defensive rookie to be honored as a Player of the Week. After losing starting linebacker Jon Beason early in the season due to injury, former Baltimore Raven Jameel McClain was thrust into the starting role for the Giants. Herrmann helped McClain establish a career-high with 117 tackles (75 solo) and tie his career-best with 2.5 sacks.

 

In 2013, Herrmann’s unit helped the Giants defense finish eighth in the NFL after allowing 332.3 yards per game. New York used a linebacker by committee approach in 2011 after losing starter Jonathan Goff due to injury. The unit was manned by Chase Blackburn, Michael Boley and four rookie linebackers in Greg Jones, Mark Herzlich, Jacquian Williams and Spencer Paysinger as the Giants went on to win Super Bowl XLVI. In 2010, the Giants finished seventh in the NFL in total defense (310.8 ypg.) and eighth against the run (101.3 ypg.).

 

Prior to joining the Giants, Herrmann was the linebackers coach of the New York Jets from 2006-08. In 2008, the Jets defense ranked seventh in the NFL against the run (94.9 ypg.) and 16th overall (329.4 ypg.). Two of Herrmann’s positional players, Eric Barton and Calvin Pace, were the team’s top tacklers. In 2007, Herrmann was joined in New York by one of his former Michigan players, linebacker David Harris, whom the club drafted in the second round. As a rookie, Harris led the team with 117 tackles and tied for the team lead with 5.0 sacks.

 

Herrmann coached at Michigan for two decades (1983, 1986-2005) before making the jump to the NFL. He served as defensive coordinator/linebackers (1997-2005), linebackers/special teams (1995-96), inside linebackers (1990-94), volunteer coach (1988-89) and graduate assistant (1983, 1986-87) while in Ann Arbor. In his first season as defensive coordinator in 1997, the Wolverines won the national championship while leading the nation in multiple defensive categories, including total yards, scoring and pass efficiency. Herrmann received the Broyles Award as the National Assistant Coach of the Year.

 

In his nine years as defensive coordinator, Michigan won five Big Ten championships and the defense held 47 opponents to less than 100 rushing yards. The Wolverines defense led the Big Ten in sacks three times (1997, 2001, 2002) and set a school record with 50 sacks in 2001. Herrmann coached six All-America selections, including Marlin Jackson, Ernest Shazor, Leon Hall, LaMarr Woodley, Larry Foote and Charles Woodson, who won the 1997 Heisman Trophy and was named the national Defensive Player of the Year as a senior.

 

Herrmann began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater in 1983. He then coached for two years at the high school level in Michigan at Harper Woods Notre Dame High School (1984) and Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (1985) before returning to the University of Michigan in 1986.

 

He was a three-year letter winner at linebacker for Michigan. In 1980, he was a member of Bo Schembechler’s first Rose Bowl-winning team. Herrmann was a three-sport athlete and standout linebacker at Dearborn Divine High School.

 

Jim is married to May Chamoun and they have two daughters, Christine and Jessica, and two sons, Cory and Timothy.

 

Coaching Career

1983                University of Michigan                                    Graduate Assistant

1984                Harper Woods Notre Dame High School       Linebackers

1985                Orchard Lake St. Mary’s                                Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers

1986-1987       University of Michigan                                    Graduate Assistant

1988-1989       University of Michigan                                    Volunteer Coach

1990-1994       University of Michigan                                    Inside Linebackers

1995-1996       University of Michigan                                    Linebackers/Special Teams

Coordinator

1997-2005       University of Michigan                                    Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers

2006-2008       New York Jets                                                            Linebackers

2009-2015       New York Giants                                            Linebackers   

2016-2017       Indianapolis Colts                                            Linebackers