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Johnny Holland
Linebackers

BIOGRAPHY

Johnny Holland enters his first season as the 49ers linebackers coach after spending the 2016 season as the inside linebackers coach with the Cleveland Browns.

With Cleveland, Holland worked with a linebacking corps that was lead by LBs Christian Kirksey and Demario Davis. In his first season as a full-time starter, Kirksey registered a career-high 143 tackles, the fifth-most in the NFL according to game book statistics. After signing with the Browns as a free agent, Davis finished second on the team with 99 tackles.

Holland went to Cleveland following three seasons (2013-15) in the Canadian Football League (CFL). He served as the linebackers coach with the B.C. Lions from 2014-15 and the Saskatchewan in 2013 and helped guide the Roughriders win the Grey Cup in his lone season with the team.

Before his time in the CFL, Holland was linebackers coach with the Oakland Raiders (2012) after one season (2011) with the Virginia Destroyers of the United Football League (UFL), helping the team win the league championship.

Holland served as linebackers coach for five seasons (2006-10) with the Houston Texans. Under Holland’s tutelage...

Johnny Holland enters his first season as the 49ers linebackers coach after spending the 2016 season as the inside linebackers coach with the Cleveland Browns.

With Cleveland, Holland worked with a linebacking corps that was lead by LBs Christian Kirksey and Demario Davis. In his first season as a full-time starter, Kirksey registered a career-high 143 tackles, the fifth-most in the NFL according to game book statistics. After signing with the Browns as a free agent, Davis finished second on the team with 99 tackles.

Holland went to Cleveland following three seasons (2013-15) in the Canadian Football League (CFL). He served as the linebackers coach with the B.C. Lions from 2014-15 and the Saskatchewan in 2013 and helped guide the Roughriders win the Grey Cup in his lone season with the team.

Before his time in the CFL, Holland was linebackers coach with the Oakland Raiders (2012) after one season (2011) with the Virginia Destroyers of the United Football League (UFL), helping the team win the league championship.

Holland served as linebackers coach for five seasons (2006-10) with the Houston Texans. Under Holland’s tutelage, LB DeMeco Ryan (2006) and LB Brian Cushing (2009) each earn Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year honors. In 2009, Cushing registered 133 tackles, according to game book statistics, four sacks and four interceptions as the Texans reached nine wins, the highest total in franchise history at the time. In 2006, Ryan finished with 156 tackles, according to game book statistics, the most by an NFL rookie in 20 years.

Prior to working in Houston, Holland spent three seasons with the Detroit Lions. He began with Detroit as a defensive assistant from 2003-04 before moving to linebackers coach in 2005. He also spent three seasons with Seattle as the team’s assistant special teams/assistant strength and conditioning coach (2000) and linebackers coach (2001-02).

Holland began coaching in the NFL as a defensive quality control coach with the Green Bay Packers from 1995-97. In 1998, he coached the Packers special teams and later spent one season (1999) as the team’s linebackers coach. He was part of Green Bay’s staff that won back-to-back NFC Championships, including a victory in Super Bowl XXXI.

Originally a second-round (41st overall) draft pick by the Packers in the 1987 NFL Draft, Holland played seven seasons (1987-93) with the Packers where he registered 100-or-more tackles in each of his final six seasons. In 1992, he led Green Bay with 145 tackles and helped the team to its first playoff victory in 11 years. Holland was inducted in the Packers Hall of Fame in 2001.

A native of Hempstead, TX, Holland was a four-year letterman (1983-86) at Texas A&M University where he led the Aggies in tackles in each of his final three seasons. He was enshrined in the Texas A&M Hall of Fame in 1993 as well as the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame in 2000.

Holland and his wife, Faith, have two children: son, Jordan, and daughter, Joli.

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