CFL: 4th season
Stamps: 4th season
Claybrooks, one of three former Stamps players on the Calgary coaching staff, is entering his fourth season as defensive line coach. He also oversees the club’s free-agent tryout camps during the off-season.
The 2014 season saw the Stamps defence tie for first in fewest rushing touchdowns allowed (10) and finish second in passing TDs allowed (20) and fewest points allowed (347). Defensive end Shawn Lemon — who was the team’s nominee for Most Outstanding Defensive Player — matched a league record in forced fumbles (eight) and finished in a second-place tie in the CFL with 13 sacks.
The Stamps defence ranked second in the CFL with 43 takeaways and on three separate occasions, Calgary held the opposition to a single-digit point total. Claybrooks won his first Grey Cup in 2014.
In 2013, Claybrooks oversaw a defensive line that finished first in the league in quarterback sacks and featured defensive ends Charleston Hughes and Cordarro Law, who finished first and third in the CFL in that category. Hughes was named a CFL all-star and was the West Division nominee for the CFL’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player award.
In his first season as a coach in 2012, Claybrooks guided a Stamps D-line that overcame numerous injuries to finish tied for second in the league in quarterback sacks (43) and allowed an average of fewer than 100 rushing yards per game. Hughes ranked second in the CFL in sacks (11), tied for the league lead in forced fumbles (five) and earned spots on the CFL and CFLPA all-star teams.
Claybrooks spent three seasons as a player with the Stamps and was a member of the Montreal Alouettes for two seasons prior to that. Over his five-year CFL career, Claybrooks played 75 regular-season games and recorded 161 tackles and 14 sacks and recovered two fumbles.
In 2011, Claybrooks played 15 regular-season games and one playoff game for the Stamps. His coaching and leadership skills were evident throughout the season as Claybrooks regularly taught some of the team’s young defensive lineman about the game.
Claybrooks started his professional football career by attending Green Bay Packers training camp in 2001 before signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and then the Cleveland Browns. He played for Rhein in NFL Europe in 2002 before returning to Tampa Bay. Claybrooks was a member of the Buccaneers when they won the Super Bowl XXXVII.
Claybrooks has been a regular contributor to charitable initiatives in Calgary. Among the organizations he has worked with are Athletes in Action and the Timbits Football Program.
DeVone Claybrooks’ Coaching History
2012-14 – Calgary Stampeders (CFL) - Defensive Line Coach