There’s a new defensive coordinator in town.

Earlier this week, Northwestern officially introduced Jim O’Neil as the new defensive coordinator, replacing Mike Hankwitz who retired following the 2020 season. He’ll be the program’s first new DC in 13 seasons.

O’Neil comes to Northwestern after spending the last three seasons with the Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders. He started out as a senior defensive analyst in 2018 before being promoted to defensive backs coach, a position he held the previous two years.

This will be O’Neil’s first job in the college ranks since he was the recruiting coordinator and safeties coach at Eastern Michigan from 2006-08. He’s spent the last 12 seasons in the NFL, with stops with the New York Jets, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers and Raiders.

O’Neil was at Northwestern from 2003-04 when he was a graduate assistant and defensive backs coach.

Thursday, O’Neil met with reporters for the first time since landing the job with the Wildcats. Here’s what the team’s new defensive coordinator had to say: