A Comprehensive Look at Offensive Coordinators in the NFL for the Past Five Seasons

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I thought it would be interesting to have a look at the Offensive Coordinator position around the league. As I suspected, there has been a fair amount of liquidity, you might say.

There are several teams that do not have an OC as such. In Cleveland, Dallas, and Arizona the head coach also serves as the offensive play caller, and Chan Gailey mainly calls the plays in Buffalo, although they have a figurehead OC who apparently is mainly the RB coach.

Since the beginning of the 2007 season there have been 76 changes in Offensive Coordinator in the NFL. That isn't the extent of it, since I am also counting new hires for next season, and there are five teams, including the Steelers, who are currently without an offensive coordinator, so presumably that number will go up to 81. It could even be more, as the OC in IND, for example, might be encouraged to move on when they hire a new head coach.

If one were to try to make a flow chart of the movements of coaches between teams, you would quickly get a headache. Or at least I would. During the time when 76 changes were made on teams, 58 men were involved in those changes, which included lateral moves, demotions, promotions, and those who no longer coach in the NFL.

You can find a complete list by team of the offensive coordinators at the end of the post, including where they came from and where they went. Here I've divided them up into what they are currently doing below. As you can see, 10 of them, about 18%, are probably finished coaching. Five of them, or about 8%, are now head coaches in the NFL, and 24 of them, about 41%, are currently OCs in the NFL. Of the remaining 19 men, (about 33% of the total,) five are currently seeking jobs, nine are position coaches in the NFL, and the other five are coaching in colleges or the UFL.

HC, NFL

OC, NFL

Position Coach, NFL

Chan Gailey, BUF

Darrell Bevell, SEA

Jeff Davidson, MIN

Jason Garrett, DAL

Bob Bratkowski, JAX

Gil Haskell, CLE

Mike Mularkey, JAX

Cam Cameron, BAL

Jim Hostler, BAL

Joe Philbin, MIA

Pete Carmichael, Jr., NO

Greg Knapp, HOU

Pat Shurmer, CLE

Rob Chudzinski, CAR

Greg Olson, JAX

Brian Daboll, MIA

Sherman Smith, SEA

Rick Dennison, HOU

Mike Solari, 49ers

Kevin Gilbride, NYG

Ron Turner, IND

Jay Gruden: CIN

Alex Van Pelt, TB

Dirk Koetter, ATL

Scott Linehan, DET

Mike McCoy, DEN

Josh McDaniels, NE

[Curtis Modkins: OC/RB coach, BUF]

Tom Moore, Sr. OC, IND

Marty Mornhinweg, PHI

Bill Muir, KC

Bill Musgrave, MIN

Chris Palmer, TEN

Greg Roman, 49ers

Al Saunders, OAK

Brian Schottenheimer, STL

Kyle Shanahan, WAS

Tony Sparano, NYJ

HC, University

UFL

Norm Chow, Univ. of Hawaii

Turk Schonert: Off. Asst.

Doug Marrone, Syracuse

Bill O’Brien, Penn State

Charlie Weis, U. of Kansas

The following coaches retired, willingly or no:

Bruce Arians: retired

Jeremy Bates: fired in 2011, presumed retired

Jim Colletto: retired in 09

Steve Fairchild: fired from HC position, CO State, Dec. 2011

Mike Heimerdinger: fired 2/11, died 9/11

Dan Henning: Presumed retired

Jeff Jagodzinski: HC in UFL, fired in 2011, presumed retired

Mike Martz: Retired Jan. 2012

Jimmy Raye: Presumed retired

Clarence Shelmon: Retired

This leaves the following five men who are looking for a job at the moment:

Todd Haley: fired as HC, KC, Nov. 2011

Hue Jackson: fired as HC, OAK Jan. 2012

Rick Neuheisel: fired as HC, UCLA in Nov. 2011

Mike Sherman: fired as HC, Texas A&M, Dec. 2011

Ted Tollner: fired as OC, OAK, 2011

As you might suspect, a lot of the moving around was concentrated in a few teams. I've divided it up, and removed cases where the OC was hired away for a head coaching position. Since it's pretty hard to tell exactly how badly somebody wanted to "retire," I've treated retirements as moves. For clarity, I've treated currently open positions as another coordinator, and also treated situations where no new coordinator was hired as a move, since it was a change in the person calling the offense.


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KC

BUF

CHI

ARI

DAL

STL

OAK

CLE

ATL

GB

SF

SEA

DET

BAL

IND

TB

HOU

CAR

NYG

MIA

CIN

PHI

TEN

DEN

WAS

JAX

MIN

NE

NO

NYJ

PIT

SD

Nearly half of the changes were accounted for by seven teams. Consistency isn't everything, but it has a lot to be said for it.

In the current list of 24 Offensive Coordinators, one-third are lateral moves, coming in as an OC from another team: Bob Bratkowski, Dirk Koettner, Rick Dennison, Brian Daboll, Kevin Gilbride, Brian Schottenheimer, Kyle Shanahan, and Darrell Bevell. Very often position coaches are promoted, either from within the team, as is the case with Bill Muir, Marty Mornhinweg, and Peter Carmichael, Jr., or from another team, as with Curtis Modkins, Rob Chudzinski, Mike McCoy, Bill Musgrave, and Al Saunders - position coaches account for a further one third of the current OCs.

Four of the current OCs were Head Coaches previously: Cam Cameron, Scott Linehan, Josh McDaniels, Tony Sparano; Todd Haley and Hue Jackson may well be added to this list within a few weeks. [UPDATE: steelers-chicago sent the info that Mike Tice, former HC of the Vikings, has been names OC in CHI.] Other sources are the UFL (Jay Gruden and Chris Palmer) or college coaches (Greg Roman.) Tom Moore has been the OC for IND since 1998, so it's sort of moot.

As mentioned above, three teams have no OC. The remainder of the teams have open positions at the moment (CHI, GB, SD, TB, and of course PIT.) It will be very interesting to see how the Steelers fill the open OC position. Although PIT typically promotes from within, as we saw with the hiring of Mike Tomlin, they don't necessarily do the expected thing, and if it is true that Kirby Wilson was the heir apparent, they may look farther afield than would have been expected.

Finally, for those who are interested in such things, here is the information I compiled on the OCs for all 32 teams, beginning in 2007. Enjoy!

Arizona Cardinals

Offensive Coordinator(s) 2007 - present; tenure

Todd Haley: 2 years

No OC after Haley left - Russ Grimm is Asst. HC, with various offensive duties

OC(s) Background:

Haley: WR coach, DAL, 04 - 06

Changes (if any) and where the OC went:

Haley: HC, KC, 09-11

Atlanta Falcons

Offensive Coordinator(s) 2007 - present; tenure

Hue Jackson; 1 year (was under an interim HC)

Mike Mularkey; 4 years

Dirk Koetter, hired 1/12

OC(s) Background:

Jackson: WR coach, Bengals, 04-06

Mularkey: TE coach, MIA, 07; released

Koetter: OC, JAX, 07-11

Changes (if any) and where the OC went:

Jackson: WR coach, BAL, 08-09; OC, OAK, 2010; HC, OAK, 2011; fired

Mularkey: HC, JAX, 2012

Baltimore Ravens

Offensive Coordinator(s) 2007 - present; tenure

Rick Neuheisel: listed as OC, but actually HC Brian Billick was in effect the OC

Cam Cameron: to present

OC(s) Background:

Neuheisel: QB coach, BAL (2005-06); promoted to OC

Cameron: fired as HC of MIA

Changes (if any) and where the OC went:

Neuheisel: HC UCLA, fired 11/11

Buffalo Bills

Offensive Coordinator(s) 2007 - present; tenure

Steve Fairchild: most of season

Turk Schonert: 1 year

Alex Van Pelt: 1 year

Curtis Modkins: 2010 - present (but Chan Gailey mainly calls off. plays, and Modkins coaches the RBs)

OC(s) Background:

Fairchild: Asst. OC, Rams, 03-05; OC, Bills, 2006

Schonert: QB coach, NYG, 06-07

Van Pelt: QB coach, BUF, 08

Modkins: RB coach, ARI

Changes (if any) and where the OC went:

Fairchild: left to take HC job at Colorado State

Schonert: fired at beginning of 09 season, now coaching in UFL

Van Pelt: fired at end of 09 season, hired by TB as QB coach

Carolina Panthers

Offensive Coordinator(s) 2007 - present; tenure

Jeff Davidson: 4 years

Rob Chudzinski: 2011-present

OC(s) Background:

Davidson: CLE OL coach, promoted to OC in 2006

Chudzinski: SD TE and Asst. HC, 2009-11

Changes (if any) and where the OC went:

Davidson: OL coach, Vikings, hired 1/11

Chicago Bears

Offensive Coordinator(s) 2007 - present; tenure

Ron Turner: 3 years

Mike Martz: 2 years

Open

OC(s) Background:

Turner: HC, Illinois Fighting Illini, 1997 - 2004; OC, CHI,2005 - 2009

Martz: OC, DET, 06 - 07; OC, SF, 08;

Changes (if any) and where the OC went:

Turner: fired at end of 2009 season; WR coach, IND, 2010, QB coach, 2011 - present

Martz: retired at the end of 2011 season

Cincinnati Bengals

Offensive Coordinator(s) 2007 - present; tenure

Bob Bratkowski: 4 years

Jay Gruden: 2011 - present

OC(s) Background:

Bratkowski: OC for CIN since 2001

Gruden: HC, Tuskers (UFL), 2010

Changes (if any) and where the OC went:

Bratkowski: fired at the end of 2010 season, currently OC for JAX

Cleveland Browns

Offensive Coordinator(s) 2007 - present; tenure

Rob Chudzinski: 2 years

Brian Daboll: 2 years

(No OC for 2011, as Shurmer is calling the offensive plays)

OC(s) Background:

Chudzinski: SD TE coach, 05-06

Daboll: QB coach, NE, 06-08

Changes (if any) and where the OC went:

Chudzinski: SD TE and Asst. HC, 2009-11, OC, CAR, present

Daboll: 2010, ?, OC, MIA, 2011

Dallas Cowboys

Offensive Coordinator(s) 2007 - present; tenure

Jason Garrett: 2007 - present (he is both HC and OC as of 2011)

OC(s) Background:

Garrett: QB coach, MIA, 05-06

Denver Broncos

Offensive Coordinator(s) 2007 - present; tenure

Rick Dennison: 2 years

Mike McCoy: 2009 - present

OC(s) Background:

Dennison: OC, DEN, 06; OL coach, DEN, 01-05;

McCoy: Various offensive positions for CAR, 2000-08

Changes (if any) and where the OC went:

Dennison: OC, HOU, hired in 2010

Detroit Lions

Offensive Coordinator(s) 2007 - present; tenure

Mike Martz: 1 year

Jim Colletto: 1 year

Scott Linehan: 2009 - present

OC(s) Background:

Martz: HC, ST, 2000-05; OC, DET, 06

Colletto: OL coach, BAL, 1999-05; OL coach, DET, 06;

Linehan: HC, Rams, 2006 - 4 games of 08

Changes (if any) and where the OC went:

Martz: OC, SD, 2008; OC, CHI, 2010; retired

Colletto: retired

Green Bay Packers

Offensive Coordinator(s) 2007 - present; tenure

Joe Philbin: 5 years

Open

OC(s) Background:

Philbin: Asst. OL coach, 04-05; OL coach, 06

Changes (if any) and where the OC went:

Philbin: HC, MIA, hired 1/12

Houston Texans

Offensive Coordinator(s) 2007 - present; tenure

Mike Sherman: 1 year

Kyle Shanahan: 2 years

Rick Dennison: 2010 - present

OC(s) Background:

Sherman: HC/GM, Packers, 2001 - 04; HC Packers 05; Offense coach, HOU, 06

Shanahan; WR coach, HOU, 06 - 07

Dennison: OC, DEN, 06-08; ?

Changes (if any) and where the OC went:

Sherman: HC, Texas A & M, 11/07

Shanahan: OC, WAS, 2010 - present

Indianapolis Colts

Offensive Coordinator(s) 2007 - present; tenure

Tom Moore: 5 years

OC(s) Background:

Moore: OC, IND, 1998 - 2008

Changes (if any) and where the OC went:

Moore: Named Senior OC, IND, 09; Offensive Consultant, NYJ, 2011

Jacksonville Jaguars

Offensive Coordinator(s) 2007 - present; tenure

Dirk Koetter: 5 years

Bob Bratkowski: Hired 1/12

OC(s) Background:

Koettner: HC, Arizona State, 2001-06

Bratkowski: OC CIN 2001-10

Changes (if any) and where the OC went:

Hired by ATL 1/12 as new OC

Kansas City Chiefs

Offensive Coordinator(s) 2007 - present; tenure

Mike Solari: 1 year

Chan Gailey: 1 year + (fired at beginning of 2009 season - Todd Haley called the offense in 09

Charlie Weis: 1 year

Bill Muir: 2011 - present

OC(s) Background:

Solari: OL coach, KC; OC, 2006 season

Gailey: left the NFL and returned to Georgia Tech as HC for 1 year; fired

Weis: HC at Notre Dame, 05-09

Muir: OC, TB, fired at the end of 08 season; OL coach, KC, 2009-10

Changes (if any) and where the OC went:

Solari: 2008-09, OL coach, SEA; 2010, OL coach, 49ers

Gailey; 2009 - out of football; 2010, HC BUF

Weis: left to be OC at Univ. of Fla; became HC at Univ. of Kansas in 2011

Miami Dolphins

Offensive Coordinator(s) 2007 - present; tenure

Cam Cameron: HC, but called offensive plays

Dan Henning: 3 years

Brian Daboll: 2011 - present

OC(s) Background:

Cameron: OC, SD, 02-06

Henning: OC, CAR 02-07

Daboll: QB coach, NYJ, 07-08; OC, CLE, 09-10

Changes (if any) and where the OC went:

Cameron: fired 2008, OC, BAL

Henning: fired 1/2011

Minnesota Vikings

Offensive Coordinator(s) 2007 - present; tenure

Darrell Bevell: 4 years

Bill Musgrave: 2011 - present

OC(s) Background:

Bevell: QB coach, GB, 03 - 05; OC, MIN, 2006 - 2010

Musgrave: QB coach, ATL, 06 - 09; also Asst. HC 10

Changes (if any) and where the OC went:

Bevell: OC, SEA, 2011 - present

New England Patriots

Offensive Coordinator(s) 2007 - present; tenure

Josh McDaniels: OC/QB coach - 2 years

No OC named during 09-10; Belichick called the plays

Bill O’Brien: 1 year

Josh McDaniels: OC, hired 1/12

OC(s) Background:

McDaniels: QB coach, NE, 04-05; OC, NE, 06-07

O’Brien: Offensive Asst., NE, 07: QB coach, 08

Changes (if any) and where the OC went:

McDaniels: HC, DEN, 09-10; OC, STL, 2011;

O’Brien: HC, Penn State, hired 12/11

New Orleans Saints

Offensive Coordinator(s) 2007 - present; tenure

Doug Marrone: 2 years

Pete Carmichael, Jr.: 2009 - present

OC(s) Background:

Marrone: OC, NO, 2006;

Carmichael: QB coach, NO, 2006 - 08

Changes (if any) and where the OC went:

Marrone: HC, Syracuse University, 09- present

New York Giants

Offensive Coordinator(s) 2007 - present; tenure

Kevin Gilbride: 07 - present

OC(s) Background:

Gilbride: OC, PIT, 99-2000; OC BUF 02-03;

New York Jets

Offensive Coordinator(s) 2007 - present; tenure

Brian Schottenheimer: 5 years

Tony Sparano: hired 1/12

OC(s) Background:

Schottenheimer: OC NYJ 06;

Sparano: HC MIA 2008-11

Changes (if any) and where the OC went:

Schottenheimer :

Oakland Raiders

Offensive Coordinator(s) 2007 - present; tenure

Greg Knapp: 2 years

Ted Tollner: 1 year ("Passing game coordinator")

Hue Jackson: 1 year

Al Saunders: 2011 - present

OC(s) Background:

Knapp: OC, ATL, 04-06

Tollner: QB coach/asst. OC, 49ers, fired 12/08

Jackson: OC, ATL, 07; QB coach, BAL, 08-09;

Saunders: OC, STL, 08, Offensive Consultant, BAL, 09-10

Changes (if any) and where the OC went:

Knapp: OC, SEA, 09; QB coach, HOU

Tollner: demoted for Hue Jackson; fired by Hue Jackson in 2011

Jackson: promoted to HC 2011

Philadelphia Eagles

Offensive Coordinator(s) 2007 - present; tenure

Marty Mornhinweg: 2007 - present

OC(s) Background:

Asst. HC, PHI

Pittsburgh Steelers

Offensive Coordinator(s) 2007 - present; tenure

Bruce Arians: 07 - 11

Open

OC(s) Background:

Arians: OC, CLE, 01-03; WR coach, Steelers, 04-06

Changes (if any) and where the OC went:

Retired

St. Louis Rams

Offensive Coordinator(s) 2007 - present; tenure

Greg Olson: 1 year

Al Saunders: 1 year

Pat Shurmer: 2 years

Josh McDaniels: 1 year

Brian Schottenheimer: hired 1/12

OC(s) Background:

Olson: OC, DET, 2005; OC, STL, 06

Saunders: Asst. HC, WAS, 06-07

Shurmer: QB coach, PHI, 1999-2008

McDaniels: OC, NE, 06-08; HC, DEN, 09-10;

Schottenheimer: OC, NYJ

Changes (if any) and where the OC went:

Olson: OC, TB, 2009 - 11, QB coach, JAX

Saunders: Offensive Consultant, BAL, 09-10; OC, OAK, 11 - present

Shurmer: HC, CLE, 2011 - present

McDaniels: OC, NE, 2012

San Diego Chargers

Offensive Coordinator(s) 2007 - present; tenure

Clarence Shelmon: 5 years

Open

OC(s) Background:

RB coach for several teams, inc. DAL and SEA

Changes (if any) and where the OC went:

Retired after 2011 season

San Francisco 49ers

Offensive Coordinator(s) 2007 - present; tenure

Jim Hostler: 1 year

Mike Martz: 1 year OC, SF, 08;

Jimmy Raye: 1 year +

Mike Johnson: 1 year

Greg Roman: 2011 - present

OC(s) Background:

Hostler: QB coach, 49ers, 05-06

Martz: HC, STL, 2000 - 05; OC, DET, 06 - 07

Raye: RB coach, NYJ, 06-08

Johnson: WR coach, BAL, 06-07; QB coach, 49ers, 09;

Roman: Asst. HC, Stanford, 09-10

Changes (if any) and where the OC went:

Hostler: fired at end of 07; WR coach, BAL

Martz: fired, didn’t coach in 09; OC, CHI, 10-11

Raye: fired at beginning of 2010 season; no further jobs

Johnson: not retained at end of 2010: OC, UCLA, 2011

Seattle Seahawks

Offensive Coordinator(s) 2007 - present; tenure

Gil Haskell: 2 years

Greg Knapp: 1 year

Jeremy Bates: 1 year

Darrell Bevell: 2011 - present

OC(s) Background:

Haskell: OC, SEA, 2000-08

Knapp: OC, OAK, 07-08

Bates: WR/RB coach, DEN, 07-08; OC DEN 09

Bevell: OC MIN 06 - 10

Changes (if any) and where the OC went:

Haskell: Hired as "Senior Advisor to President" by CLE in 2010

Knapp: QB coach, HOU

Bates: fired by Pete Carroll

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Offensive Coordinator(s) 2007 - present; tenure

Bill Muir: 2 years

Jeff Jagodzinski: 1 year

Greg Olson: 2 years

Open

OC(s) Background:

Muir: OC, OL coach, TB, 2002 - 2008

Jagodzinski: OC, GB, 2006: HC, Boston College, 07 - 08

Olson: OC, STL, 06-07

Changes (if any) and where the OC went:

Muir: OL coach, KC, 2009 - 10; OC, OL coach,KC, 2011 - present

Jagodzinski: HC, Omaha Nighthawks, UFL, 2010

Olson: fired 1/12

Tennessee Titans

Offensive Coordinator(s) 2007 - present; tenure

Norm Chow: 1 year

Mike Heimerdinger: 3 years

Chris Palmer: 2011 - present

OC(s) Background:

Chow: OC, USC, 2001-04; OC, TEN, 05 - 07;

Heimerdinger: Asst. HC, DEN, 06-07; OC, NYJ, 05

Palmer: QB coach, NYG, 07-09; HC, Hartford Colonials (UFL), 2010

Changes (if any) and where the OC went:

Chow: fired by TEN; OC, UCLA, 08 - 10; OC, Utah, 2011

Heimerdinger: fired 2/11; died 9/11

Washington Redskins

Offensive Coordinator(s) 2007 - present; tenure

Sherman Smith: 2 years

No OC named

Kyle Shanahan: 2010 - present

OC(s) Background:

Smith: Asst. Head Coach, TEN, 06 - 07

Shanahan: OC, HOU, 08-09

Changes (if any) and where the OC went:

Smith: RB coach, SEA, 2009 - present



Source: Behind the Steel Curtain

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