Former NFL safety Chris Harris joined the Chargers in 2016 as assistant secondary coach.
Former NFL safety Chris Harris joined the Chargers in 2016 as assistant secondary coach. In his second year with the team, the Chargers ranked fourth in the league with 18 total interceptions with 14 coming from defensive backs. The team did not allow a 100-yard receiver until Week 17. Individually, cornerback Casey Hayward was named to his second-straight Pro Bowl after ranking tied for second in the NFL with 22 passes defensed. He also added four interceptions.
Harris’ first season was a huge success as the Chargers led the NFL with 18 interceptions as a team, while Hayward earned Pro Bowl honors for the first time in his career after leading the NFL and setting a career high with seven picks. The Chargers had 11 different players record at least one interception in 2016, most in the NFL and the most in team annals since 2004.
A native of Little Rock, Ark., Harris played collegiately at Louisiana-Monroe (2001-04) where he finished his career ranked fourth in school history in career tackles (383) and third in interceptions (14), including a school-record-tying seven in 2004.
An eight-year NFL pro, Harris was a sixth-round pick of the Chicago Bears (181st overall) in 2005. He played four seasons with the Bears over two separate stints (2005-06 and 2010-11). Harris was named second-team All-Pro by TheAssociated Press in 2010 and was named one of the Bears’ Brian Piccolo Award winners as a rookie in 2005. Besides Chicago, Harris also played for the Carolina Panthers (2007-09), Detroit Lions (2011) and Jacksonville Jaguars (2012), totaling 422 tackles, 16 interceptions, 13 forced fumbles, nine fumble recoveries and 37 passes defensed. He appeared in 101 career games and made 88 starts. In 2007, Harris racked up a franchise-record eight forced fumbles for the Panthers.
Harris started seven playoff games during his career, including Super Bowl XLI for the Bears. During that game, he famously intercepted Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. Harris’ career postseason statistics include 48 tackles, an interception and two forced fumbles.
Harris began his coaching career as a defensive quality control coach for the Bears, working primarily with the team’s safeties. He coached in Chicago from 2013-14.
Harris and his wife, Kenetria, have three sons – Jayce, Jaxon and Jett – and a daughter, Skylar.