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Jeff Zgonina
Defensive Line

BIOGRAPHY

Jeff Zgonina (ska-KNEE-nuh) enters his third season in the NFL and first as the 49ers defensive line coach. He joins San Francisco after spending the 2016 season as the New York Giants assistant defensive line coach.

With the Giants, Zgonina worked with a defensive unit that ranked second in the NFL, allowing 17.8 points per game. That unit also finished tied for third in opponent rushing yards per game (88.6). After signing with the Giants as a free agent, DE Olivier Vernon led the team with 8.5 sacks while NT Damon Harrison registered career highs in sacks (2.5) and tackles (86) while working with Zgonina and defensive line coach Patrick Graham.

Zgonina previously served as assistant defensive line coach with...

Jeff Zgonina (ska-KNEE-nuh) enters his third season in the NFL and first as the 49ers defensive line coach. He joins San Francisco after spending the 2016 season as the New York Giants assistant defensive line coach.

With the Giants, Zgonina worked with a defensive unit that ranked second in the NFL, allowing 17.8 points per game. That unit also finished tied for third in opponent rushing yards per game (88.6). After signing with the Giants as a free agent, DE Olivier Vernon led the team with 8.5 sacks while NT Damon Harrison registered career highs in sacks (2.5) and tackles (86) while working with Zgonina and defensive line coach Patrick Graham.

Zgonina previously served as assistant defensive line coach with the Houston Texans for one season (2013). In Houston, he worked with DE J.J. Watt, who led the team with 10.5 sacks and was named All-Pro for the second time in his career.

A seventh-round draft choice (185th overall) of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1993 NFL Draft, Zgonina played in 219 games (67 starts) and registered 448 tackles, 26 sacks, 13 fumble recoveries, 11 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one interception. Throughout his 17 NFL seasons, the former defensive tackle played for the Steelers (1993-94), Carolina Panthers (1995), Atlanta Falcons (1996), St. Louis Rams (1997, 1999-2002), Indianapolis Colts (1998), Miami Dolphins (2003-06) and Houston Texans (2007-09).

Throughout his career, Zgonina played in nine career postseason games including an appearance in the Rams 23-16 victory over the Tennessee Titans in Super Bowl XXXIV where he registered three tackles. Zgonina played collegiately at Purdue University (1989-92) where he was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year as a senior.

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