Marty Mornhinweg

Marty Mornhinweg (/mɔːrnˈhɛnwɪɡ/ morn-HEN-wig; born March 29, 1962) is an American football coach and former player who was the offensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL) from 2016 to 2019. [1] Previously he was the Ravens' quarterbacks coach.,[2] was the head coach of the Detroit Lions from 2001 to 2002 and the Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator from 2006 to 2012.

Marty Mornhinweg
Personal information
Born:March 29, 1962 (age 57)
Edmond, Oklahoma
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school:San Jose (CA) Oak Grove
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
As coach
  • Super Bowl Champion (XXXI)
  • NFC Champion (1996)
  • PFWA NFL Assistant Coach of the Year (2010)
Head coaching record
Regular season:5–27 (.156)
Coaching stats at PFR

Playing career

Early years

Born in Edmond, Oklahoma, Mornhinweg played high school football in San Jose, California. He led the Oak Grove Eagles to a Central Coast Section championship in 1978 with a 52–7 rout of defending champion St. Francis of Mountain View in the title game at Spartan Stadium.[3]

Following the 1978 championship season as a junior, Mornhinweg was the 1979 Northern California Player of Year as a senior, but the Eagles fell 32–29 in the semifinals to Salinas. For his performance during his time at Oak Grove, the school honored Mornhinweg and inducted him into its hall of fame.


Mornhinweg was a four-year starter at quarterback for the University of Montana in Missoula,[4] where he set 15 passing records. During his junior season in 1982, Mornhinweg led the Griz to its first Big Sky Conference championship in a dozen years.[5][6][7]

Through Mornhinweg's performance, Montana inducted him into the Montana Hall of Fame. He earned his bachelor's degree in health and physical education/coaching, then went on to earn a master of science in health and physical education/sports administration from the University of Texas at El Paso. Mornhinweg was not selected in the 1985 NFL Draft.


While a collegiate assistant coach, Mornhinweg became the starting quarterback for the Denver Dynamite in the Arena Football League in 1987. In his first start, he completed 3 of 4 passes for 30 yards and was sacked twice. Soon after, Mornhinweg blew out his knee. His team, however, went on to win the inaugural Arena Bowl I with a 45–16 victory over the Pittsburgh Gladiators.

Coaching career


In 1985, Mornhinweg was the receivers coach at his alma mater, the University of Montana. Between 1988 and 1994, he coached at several universities, including: Northern Arizona (running backs), SE Missouri State (offense), Missouri (tight ends and the offensive line), and again at Northern Arizona (offense).


During 1995 and 1996, Mornhinweg coached with the Green Bay Packers, first as an offensive assistant, then as the quarterbacks coach under head coach Mike Holmgren. From 1997 to 2000, he was offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers, under Steve Mariucci.

In 2001, Mornhinweg became the head coach of the Detroit Lions, taking over a team that saw two head coaches leave in the previous season. He compiled a 5–27 record in two seasons.

His most notable moment as a head coach came in 2002 against the Chicago Bears. The game went into overtime, and the Lions won the ensuing coin toss. However, Mornhinweg felt that having the wind in his favor was more important than getting the ball, despite having Jason Hanson (who hit a then-NCAA record 62-yard field goal in his college days at Washington State University) as his kicker. He elected to kick, rather than receive. As it turned out, the Lions never got the ball; on the Bears' opening drive, Chicago scored a field goal to win the game.[8]

In 2003, he joined the coaching staff of the Philadelphia Eagles. Mornhinweg masterminded the Eagles offense in the final six games of the 2006 season, and into the NFC playoffs. Coach Andy Reid gave Mornhinweg the play-calling responsibilities after the Eagles' disastrous loss to the Indianapolis Colts, 45–21. The Eagles won all six games, employing a more balanced run/pass attack. The wins included a three consecutive December divisional road games, all with a back-up quarterback, Jeff Garcia. It was the only time Reid yielded play-calling responsibilities, a role Mornhinweg continued through the 2012 season, until Reid (and his staff) was fired at the end of that season. Instead of continuing to coach under Reid in Kansas City, Mornhinweg took an offensive coordinator position with the New York Jets in 2013. During his time with the Jets he was the offensive coordinator under Rex Ryan.

On January 21, 2015, Mornhinweg was hired as quarterbacks coach for the Baltimore Ravens.[2] On October 10, 2016, Mornhinweg was promoted from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator after Marc Trestman was fired.

During his career as an offensive coordinator, Mornhinweg's offenses have finished 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 9th, 10th, and 12th in total offense, and regularly highly ranked in big plays.

Mornhinweg was at one time the youngest quarterback coach, the youngest offensive coordinator, and the second youngest head coach in the NFL. In all, Mornhinweg has coached a year of high school, ten years in the college ranks, and 20 years in the NFL. Throughout his coaching career, Marty has coached every position on the offensive side of the ball.

Mornhinweg has earned a reputation as top quarterback coach by coaching five different Pro Bowl quarterbacks, Hall of Fame quarterbacks Steve Young and Brett Favre, and quarterback Joe Flacco.

NFL head coaching record

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
DET 2001 2 14 0 .125 5th in NFC Central - - - -
DET 2002 3 13 0 .188 4th in NFC North - - - -
DET Total 5 27 0 .156 0 0
Total 5 27 0 .156 0 0

Personal life

Mornhinweg and his wife, Lindsay, have four children, two daughters and two sons. Madi is a recent graduate of Penn and Molly attends Montana. Skyler was a quarterback in the Ivy League at Columbia (transferred from Florida),[9] and Cade is in high school.


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  2. ^ a b Downing, Garrett. "Ravens Hire Marty Mornhinweg As Quarterbacks Coach". Baltimore Ravens. Retrieved January 21, 2015.
  3. ^ "CCS Football championship results". California Interscholastic Federation Central Coast Section. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  4. ^ Ramsdell, Paul (August 6, 1982). "Montana's money on Mornhinweg". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1C.
  5. ^ "What makes Marty run? Vandals hope to find out". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). November 25, 1982. p. 1B.
  6. ^ Missildine, Harry (November 27, 1982). "Vandals and Grizzlies deserve each other". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. 19.
  7. ^ Ramsdell, Paul (November 27, 1982). "Both Idaho and Montana want a shot at No. 1". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. C1.
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Skyler Mornhinweg". Columbia University Athletics. Retrieved January 3, 2017.

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1987 Arena Football League season

The 1987 Arena Football League season was the first season, also known as the "demonstration season", of the Arena Football League (AFL). The league champions were the Denver Dynamite, who defeated the Pittsburgh Gladiators in ArenaBowl I.

1987 Denver Dynamite season

The 1987 Denver Dynamite season was the first season for the Denver Dynamite. Businessman and owner of the Denver Nuggets, Sidney Shlenker announced the forming of the Denver Dynamite. The franchise played in the inaugural four-team "demonstration" season of 1987. Despite the team and league's doubters, the Dynamite tied for the best record in the league with the Pittsburgh Gladiators, going 4–2. On August 1, 1987, the team participated in ArenaBowl I, which they won 45–16 over the Gladiators. The Dynamite were led on offense by quarterback Whit Taylor, and wide receiver Gary Mullen (Mullen won ArenaBowl I MVP). After winning the ArenaBowl, Head Coach Tim Marcum was named the league's first ever Coach of the Year. After leading the Dynamite to the Despite averaging the league's best attendance with over 12,000 a game, it did not return for the league's second season due to Shlenker refusing to abide by the AFL's financial rules.

2001 Detroit Lions season

The 2001 Detroit Lions season was the franchise's 72nd season in the National Football League.

Marty Mornhinweg was named the twenty-first head coach in franchise history on January 21, 2001, after owner William Clay Ford, Sr. controversially fired 2000 interim coach Gary Moeller.The season began with much optimism, with the Lions hoping to improve on their 9–7 record from 2000; however, the Lions were extremely disappointing and had the worst start to an NFL season since the 1986 Indianapolis Colts began 0–13. They were widely believed to be likely to suffer the NFL’s first 0–16 season before they defeated the Minnesota Vikings. Prior to that, they had lost an NFL record nine consecutive games by eight points or less.Seven seasons later, the Lions went 0–16 after a week 17 loss to the Green Bay Packers. This was the final season that the Lions played at the Pontiac Silverdome before moving to Ford Field the following season, as well as the final season for the NFC Central Division, which would dissolve following the NFL's realignment in 2002.

This would also be the first season under new general manager Matt Millen, as he would be the team's GM for the next six seasons and first 3 games of the 2008 season. This would start a stage of futility for the Lions, as they would fail to post a winning record with Millen as GM.

2002 Detroit Lions season

The 2002 Detroit Lions season was the 73rd season in franchise history. It was the Lions’ inaugural season at the new Ford Field in Downtown Detroit and their first in the city since the team left Tiger Stadium after the 1974 season. Following the season, Marty Mornhinweg was fired and Steve Mariucci was hired as the Lions' head coach. The Lions entered the 2002 season looking to improve on their 2–14 record from 2001 and make the playoffs for the first time since 1999. They improved on their record, winning 3 games, but continued to disappoint, as the Lions began the season 0–3. By week 9, the Lions had a 3–5 record after a win over the Dallas Cowboys. However, after that win, the Lions lost their remaining 8 games to finish the season 3–13 and failed to reach the playoffs. The Lions also went 0–8 on the road for the second straight season. As a result, Marty Mornhinweg was fired after the season. In his 2 seasons as head coach, the Lions went 5–27 for a winning percentage of .156.

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