Coaches

Shawn Jefferson
Wide Receivers

Biography

Shawn Jefferson is in his eighth season coaching with the Lions. He was named wide receivers coach prior to the 2008 season after working with the team’s wide receivers the previous three seasons as a coaching intern in 2005, an offensive assistant in 2006 and as the assistant wide receivers coach in 2007. Jefferson spent the 2003 season with the Lions as a player and brings 13 years of NFL playing experience to the club.

Shawn Jefferson is in his eighth season coaching with the Lions. He was named wide receivers coach prior to the 2008 season after working with the team’s wide receivers the previous three seasons as a coaching intern in 2005, an offensive assistant in 2006 and as the assistant wide receivers coach in 2007. Jefferson spent the 2003 season with the Lions as a player and brings 13 years of NFL playing experience to the club.

LIONS COACHING HIGHLIGHTS: The wide receiving corps had a standout season in 2011, helping Detroit’s offense established new franchise records in completions (423) and passing yards (5,071) while ranking fifth in the NFL in total offense.

  • Leading the way for the Lions wide receiver unit was Calvin Johnson who had a career-year while leading the NFL in receiving yards (1,681) and finishing second in touchdown receptions (16) and fourth in receptions (96).
  • Johnson also set the team’s all-time single season record for touchdown receptions with 16 and was just 5 yards shy of a franchise record for receiving yards (WR Herman Moore; 1,686 in 1995) with 1,681.
  • WR Nate Burleson also had a strong year for Detroit, establishing a career-high with 73 receptions for 757 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
  • Rookie WR Titus Young emerged as the dynamic playmaker the Lions projected, finishing with 48 receptions for 607 yards and six touchdowns.
  • In 2010, Johnson finished the season as the team’s leader in receptions (77), receiving yards (1,120) and touchdowns (12) and was the team’s leading receiver for a third straight year. Johnson was named to his first Pro Bowl and was honored as second-team all-pro.
  • Johnson was also tied for second in the NFL (tied for first in the NFC) with 12 touchdown catches in 2010.

Jefferson helped Johnson breakout as one of the NFL's best receivers in 2008 as he tied for first in touchdown receptions (12), fifth in the league in receiving yards (1,331), tied for first in receiving touchdowns (12) and second in yards per reception (17.1)catch among receivers with 60 or more receptions,receptions (17.1), tied for second in 20+-yard receptions (21), tied for second in 40+-yard receptions (7) and tied for first in 25+-yard touchdown catches (6). Johnson was also named an alternate to the 2009 NFC Pro Bowl squad.

In the Lions record books, Johnson became only the second player in team history (WR Herman Moore in 1995) to record 70 receptions, 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns in a single season. He is the only player in Lions' history to record 1,300 yards with less than 80 catches. His 12 touchdowns (2008, 2010) tied for the most touchdown grabs (Leon Hart in 1951) by a first or second year player with the Lions and his 1,331 receiving yards are the second-most in team history by a first or second year player.

In 2007, the Detroit Lions were the only team in the NFL and the first in franchise history to have four different players finish with more than 650 receiving yards (Shaun McDonald, 943; Roy Williams, 836; Calvin Johnson, 756; Mike Furrey, 664). Detroit's wide receiving unit was also second in the NFL in receptions (268) and receiving yards (3,370).

While working as an offensive assistant in 2006, Jefferson helped WR Roy Williams to a NFC-leading and career-high 1,310 receiving yards. He also worked with the NFC's receptions leader Mike Furrey (98 receptions for 1,082 yards). It was the first time since 1999 that two Lions receivers finished with more than 1,000 yards.

In addition to his time with the Lions as a player, Jefferson spent five seasons with San Diego, four with New England and three with Atlanta, accumulating over 7,000 yards receiving and 29 touchdowns. Jefferson also played in Super Bowl XXIX with the Chargers and Super Bowl XXXI with the Patriots.

Jumping right into the coaching ranks following his playing career, Jefferson spent the 2004 season as a volunteer coach with his high school alma mater, William Raines H.S. During his tenure at William Raines, he spent the month of June with the Jacksonville Jaguars as part of the team's Scouting Seminar.

Jefferson attended Central Florida where he starred as a wide receiver and kick returner. Jefferson finished with 67 catches, 1,087 yards and 11 touchdowns. As a returner, Jefferson returned 39 kickoffs for 782 yards (20.1 avg.).

Jefferson and his wife Marla, have two daughters, Paige and Faith, and a son, Shawn Jr.

JEFFERSONS' COACHING BACKGROUND

Detroit Lions 2005-present
•    Wide Receivers 2008-present
•    Asst. Wide Receivers 2007
•    Offensive Asst. 2006
•    Coaching Asst. 2005

William Raines H.S. (Jacksonville, Fla.) 2004
•    Volunteer Coach 2004

Recent Articles

Recent Videos

  • CJ's top 10 plays: No. 9 Lions vs Panthers

    Posted Jul 11, 2012

    In this ten-part video series for DetroitLions.com, wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson will count down what he considers Calvin Johnson's top 10 plays of 2011. Starting with No. 10, Jefferson will break down the coach's film, giving a detailed account of what happened on each play.

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