In 1994, he joined the Cleveland Browns to become their defensive line coach; he stayed there until 1998. In 1999, he joined the Carolina Panthers to be their defensive line coach and coached there until 2001. In 2002, he was hired for the same position by the Denver Broncos. Burney worked as defensive line coach for the Washington Redskins from 2010-14. The 2013 Redskins defensive line helped the team rank fourth in third-down conversion percentage (34.0) and tied for second in negative rushing plays by opponents (72). In 2014, his defensive line helped the Redskins rank 12th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed and the defense posted 36 sacks.