The Houston Texans have hired Joe Danna as their new safeties coach.
Danna is a former New York Jets, Miami Dolphins and Atlanta Falcons defensive backs coach. He was hired by the Jaguars initially as an assistant secondary coach before being named safeties coach and then nickels coach last season. He was with the Jaguars from 2017 to 2021 and has extensive experience in the AFC South division.
"Very good guy, good coach," an NFL assistant coach said. "He's awesome."
His first NFL coaching position was with the Falcons in 2008 as a defensive assistant before being hired by the Dolphins as assistant secondary coach in 2010 and then returning to the Falcons as secondary coach in 2012 and then being hired by the Jets in 2015 prior to joining the Jaguars.
Danna has also coached at Georgia Southern and James Madison.
Danna, a Midland, Texas native, was a wide receiver and punt returner at Central Michigan and later a graduate assistant for the Chippewas and the University of Georgia.
He caught 43 career passes for 567 yards and two touchdowns and averaged 6.7 yards per punt return for his career. He completed one pass for 50 yards as a senior in 1998.