CFL: 7th season
Stamps: 7th season
Claybrooks is in his seventh season as a member of the Stamps coaching staff and his third as defensive coordinator. From 2012-15, he served as Calgary’s defensive line coach.
In Claybrooks’ second season as defensive coordinator, the Stamps allowed opposing offences a league-low 301 points and also led the CFL with 45 turnovers forced. Calgary also ranked first in average offence allowed (a league-low 314.7 yards per game), quarterback pressures (125) and average yards per play (5.7) while sharing the league lead with 50 sacks.
The defensive unit was led by Alex Singleton, who was voted the CFL’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player for a season in which he established a league record for most tackles in a season by a Canadian and team marks for most defensive tackles and most total tackles in a season. Singleton, defensive back Ciante Evans and defensive linemen Charleston Hughes and Micah Johnson were all selected as league all-stars.
In Claybrooks’ first season as defensive coordinator, the Stamps were the league’s stingiest team when it comes to points allowed as well as yards per play and yards per pass. Calgary was second in turnovers forced (45) and opponents’ completion percentage (65.4). The Stamps defence produced five CFL all-stars in 2016 including defensive linemen Hughes and Johnson and defensive backs Evans, Tommie Campbell and Jamar Wall.
In 2015, Claybrooks oversaw a defensive line that helped the Stamps finish among the league leaders in sacks and average yards allowed per rushing attempt. The 2014 season saw the Stamps defence tie for first in fewest rushing touchdowns allowed (10) and finish second in fewest points allowed (347).
In 2013, Claybrooks oversaw a defensive line that finished first in the league in quarterback sacks and featured defensive ends 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 less 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 a spot on the CFL all-star team.
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 the Rhein Fire in NFL Europe in 2002 before returning to Tampa Bay. Claybrooks was a member of the Buccaneers when they won Super Bowl XXXVII.
DeVone Claybrooks’ Coaching History
2016-18 – Calgary Stampeders (CFL) – Defensive Coordinator
2012-15 – Calgary Stampeders (CFL) – Defensive Line Coach