Bob Bicknell is an NFL coaching veteran in his first season on Matt Rhule's staff at Baylor. Bicknell works with the Bears wide receivers.
He came to Baylor after spending one season as the San Francisco 49ers wide receivers coach. Prior to that he was in the same role with the Philadelphia Eagles for three seasons.
With 26 seasons of professional and collegiate coaching experience, Bicknell was part of an Eagles offensive unit that set franchise records in points, touchdowns, passing yards, completions and completion percentage during his time with the team.
Last season, Bicknell mentored 49er wide receiver Jeremy Kerley to career highs in receptions (64) and touchdowns (3).
In 2015, Bicknell coached a receiving corps that became just the third group in Eagles franchise history to feature three players with 50-plus receptions in the same season, after accomplishing the same feat in 2014. His wide receiver group assisted QB Sam Bradford in setting the single-season franchise records for completions (346) and completion percentage (65.0). Second-year WR Jordan Matthews had 85 receptions, which tied for the fourth-most in Eagles single-season history, and led the team with 997 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.
In 2014, Bicknell helped WR Jeremy Maclin, who suffered a torn ACL in training camp a year prior, return to the field and establish career highs in receptions (85), receiving yards (1,318) and touchdowns (10) en route to his first career Pro Bowl selection. Additionally, under Bicknell's watch in 2014, Matthews went on to rank second all-time among Eagles rookies in receptions (67), receiving yards (872) and receiving touchdowns (eight).
Under the guidance of Bicknell, WR DeSean Jackson set career highs in receptions (82) and receiving yards (1,332), and tied his career high with nine touchdowns as he was selected to his third Pro Bowl. Fellow WR Riley Cooper set career-highs in receiving yards (835) and touchdowns (eight).
Bicknell joined the Eagles after three seasons with the Buffalo Bills, serving as their wide receivers coach in 2012 and tight ends coach from 2010-11. In 2012, Bicknell coached WR Stevie Johnson to his third consecutive 1,000-yard season as he led the team with 79 receptions for 1,046 yards and six touchdowns. In 2011, TE Scott Chandler caught six touchdowns, tying the franchise record for a tight end in a single season. Bicknell worked under 49ers offensive coordinator, Curtis Modkins, from 2010-12 on the Buffalo Bills staff. Prior to his arrival in Buffalo, Bicknell spent the previous three years with the Kansas City Chiefs as the tight ends coach (2009), offensive line coach (2008) and assistant offensive line coach (2007). In 2008, Bicknell's offensive line paved the way for a rushing offense that tied for the AFC lead with 4.8 yards per carry while Chiefs G Brian Waters earned the fourth Pro Bowl selection of his career.
Before joining the NFL ranks, Bicknell served as the offensive line coach at Temple University in 2006. Prior to his time at Temple, he spent eight years in NFL Europe (1998-2005), including stints as the offensive coordinator/offensive line coach for the Cologne Centurions (2004-05) and Berlin Thunder (2001-03). During his time in Europe, Bicknell won three consecutive World Bowls as part of the coaching staff of the Thunder (2000-01) and Frankfurt Galaxy (1999). In 2002, Bicknell oversaw a Berlin offense that led the league with 3,704 yards from scrimmage and 2,667 passing yards. In his first season as offensive coordinator, Bicknell's unit ranked second in the league with 3,243 yards from scrimmage on the way to the team's second straight World Bowl title in 2001.
Bicknell began his coaching career at Boston University, where he coached safeties (1993), running backs (1994) and linebackers (1995-97).
A native of Holliston, Mass., Bicknell was a three-year letterman as a tight end at Boston College (1989-91). He comes from a football family as his father, Jack, was the head coach at BC from 1981-90 and spent 13 seasons as a head coach in NFL Europe before retiring in 2007. His brother, Jack, Jr., served as the assistant offensive line coach for the Miami Dolphins (2012-15) after spending five years coaching in the NFL as the assistant offensive line coach for the New York Giants (2009-11) and offensive line coach for the Kansas City Chiefs (2012) and Pittsburgh Steelers (2013).
Bicknell and his wife, Stacey, have two children: Gabriella and Grace.