He attended East Tennessee State University. He briefly played professionally for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League in 1982.
He is the brother-in-law of Brian Billick. In 2010, he led the Falcons to a NFC-best season record of 13-3.
He has a daughter with his wife Julie.
He served as defensive coordinator to head coach Jack Del Rio while with the Jaguars.