Former Defensive Quality Control, Cleveland Browns
Daron Roberts was named the Browns’ Defensive Quality Control coach on January 29, 2013.
Roberts spent the past two seasons at West Virginia University, first coaching the wide receivers/special teams returners (2011) and then the cornerbacks (2012). In 2011, wide receiver Tavon Austin was named the Big East Conference Special Teams Player of the Year and was tabbed a third team All-American by the Associated Press. Prior to his time at West Virginia, Roberts spent two seasons (2009-10) as the Detroit Lions’ assistant secondary coach. In 2009, the Lions finished fifth in the NFL with 21 interceptions.
In 2011, Roberts was integral in helping the Mountaineers to win the Big East Conference, as well as the Orange Bowl championship. As Inside Wider Receivers Coach, Roberts coached Stedman Bailey, a second-team All-BIG EAST selection as a receiver, who set the school record for most receiving yards in a season (1,269) and set the record for most 100-yard receiving performances in a season (7) and most consecutive 100-yard receiving performances (5). The Mountaineers finished with more than 4,500 yards receiving, setting the school record for the most receiving yards in a season. Roberts was also responsible for coaching WVU kick and punt return units in 2011, in which West Virginia was No. 20 nationally in punt returns and No. 26 in kickoff returns. As Special Teams Return Coordinator, Roberts mentored Tavon Austin, who finished No. 1 nationally in all-purpose yards, No. 6 in punt returns and No. 20 in kickoff returns, earning first team honors on CBSSports.com and Phil Steele’s as an all-purpose player, second team honors as a punt returner from Yahoo! Sports, third-team Associated Press honors (all-purpose) and honorable-mention from SI.com (PR). Austin collected a single-season school record 2,574 yards, which includes 182 rushing yards, 1,186 receiving yards, 268 punt return yards and 938 kickoff return yards. He scored touchdowns on kickoff returns of 100 yards against Marshall and 80 yards at USF.
Prior to joining WVU, Roberts worked as the assistant secondary coach for the Detroit Lions from 2009-2010. In Detroit, working alongside head coach Jim Schwartz and defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham, Roberts led the practice and pregame defensive back drills, focusing on man-to-man coverage, plant-and-drive, jam re-routes and zone-drop techniques. He also installed the zone, man-to-man, nickel and blitz packages for the defensive backs. Roberts administrated blitz and coverage walk-thru sessions and supervised the opponent scout team for the Lions. He was also responsible for evaluating the weaknesses/strengths of free agent and draft eligible players, assisting with the in-house workouts of potential signees and administering defensive back workouts during college pro days.
Prior to working in Detroit, Roberts was the defensive quality control assistant coach for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008, and the special teams/defensive volunteer coaching assistant in 2007. During the 2008 season in Kansas City, working alongside head coach Herm Edwards and defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham, Roberts produced weekly scouting reports that contained personnel breakdown and formation tendencies, down/distance tendencies and play diagrams with detailed blocking schemes and route combinations. He tutored rookie defensive backs, created team/player specific video cutups for head coach, ran weekly self-scout breakdowns to isolate Chiefs’ defensive call tendencies and success versus run/pass. Roberts assisted the secondary coach with film breakdown and served as the sideline signal-caller during team practices and games. In 2007, Roberts set up special team drills for practices, led kickoff and punt drills, focusing on lane integrity and get-off techniques and spearheaded post-practice drills for kickoff and punt returners. He also assisted with the daily player grading and evaluation and produced weekly opponent scouting reports on kicking phase tendencies for the special teams’ coordinator.
Roberts has a decorated background off the football field as well. In 2011, he was named the Outstanding Young Texas Ex Award by UT Alumni Association. Roberts has worked for four law firms, serving as an associate, governmental affairs committee staffer for Senator Joseph Lieberman, and as an assistant to the chief counsel for Texas Lieutenant Governor Bill Ratliff. Notably, in 2000-01, Roberts was elected President of the University of Texas Student Body.
In 2010, Roberts founded 4th and 1, LLC - a nonprofit that provides free SAT prep, football skills training and life skills development to high school students in Texas and Michigan. The first 4th and 1 Football Camp was offered at Northeast Texas Community College in Mount Pleasant, Texas. A select group of 35 student-athletes were chosen from four East Texas counties as attendees for the first camp. Former Longhorn stars, Derrick Johnson and Ahmad Brooks have visited the camp. 4th and 1 held camps were held at Michigan State University and in Mount Pleasant, Texas in 2011.
Roberts was born in Mt. Pleasant, Texas on November 29, 1978. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Texas in 2001, his Master’s Degree from Harvard University in 2004, and his Juris Doctorate from Harvard University in 2007. Roberts and his wife, Hilary, have a son, Dylan, and a daughter, Sydney.