Carl “Big Daddy” Hairston comes to Omaha having helped Jim Haslett and the Florida Tuskers to an undefeated 2009 regular season before falling just short in the 2009 UFL Championship Game against the Las Vegas Locos.
Hairston became a college scout for the Arizona Cardinals, the club where he ended a successful NFL playing career, then became a scout for the Kansas City Chiefs in 1994. Chiefs head coach Marty Schottenheimer made Hairston his defensive line coach, as the Chiefs posted a 13-3 record in 1995 and the Kansas City defense ranked third in the NFL with 47 sacks.
Hairston rejoined the coach who had drafted him, Dick Vermeil, with the St Louis Rams, where he was defensive line coach from 1997 to 2000. During that time, he coached three different players to double-digit sack seasons, including Leslie O’Neal, who had a ten-sack performance, and helped the Rams to a Super Bowl XXXIV victory, with his unit compiling 57 sacks to tie for the league season high.
Hairston was an early mentor to defensive line juggernaut Jared Allen, helping him to 20 sacks in his first two years in the NFL before moving to the Green Bay Packers in 2006 as defensive ends coach.