An offensive coordinator is a member of the coaching staff of an American football or Canadian football team who is in charge of the team's offense. Generally, along with the defensive coordinator, he represents the second level of command structure after the head coach. The offensive coordinator is in charge of the team's offensive game plan, and typically calls offensive plays during the game, although some offensive-minded head coaches also handle play-calling. Several position coaches work under the coordinator (position groupings can include quarterbacks, wide receivers, offensive line, running backs, and tight ends). The coordinator may also coach a position (typically quarterbacks).
Unlike most position coaches in football, who are usually on the sidelines during games, offensive coordinators have the option of operating from the press box instead of being on the sideline. There are advantages and disadvantages to both locations.
In American football the air raid offense refers to an offensive scheme popularized by such coaches as Mike Leach, Hal Mumme, Sonny Dykes, and Tony Franklin during their tenures at Iowa Wesleyan University, Valdosta State, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Louisiana Tech, and Washington State.
The system is designed out of a shotgun formation with four wide receivers and one running back. The formations are a variation of the run and shoot offense with two outside receivers and two inside slot receivers. The offense also uses trips formations featuring three wide receivers on one side of the field and a lone single receiver on the other side.Bill Musgrave
William Scott Musgrave (born November 11, 1967) is an American football coach and former quarterback, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for multiple National Football League (NFL) teams. He played college football at the University of Oregon. Musgrave is a 21-year coaching veteran with 19 years of NFL experience as a quarterbacks coach or offensive coordinator. He has previously coached in the NFL with Denver (2017-2019), Oakland (2015-16, 1997), Philadelphia (2014, 1998), Minnesota (2011-13), Atlanta (2006-10), Washington (2005), Jacksonville (2003-04) and Carolina (1999-2000). During his coaching career, Musgrave helped three different quarterbacks to Pro Bowl seasons: Derek Carr (2015-16), Matt Ryan (2010) and Steve Beuerlein (1999).Brian Daboll
Brian Daboll (born April 14, 1975) is an American football coach who is the offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills. He is a veteran professional coach, previously serving as the offensive coordinator for the NFL's Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins, and Kansas City Chiefs. He has also served as offensive assistant and positions coach for the New England Patriots for many years.Bruce Arians
Bruce Charles Arians (born October 3, 1952) is an American football coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL) and a former player. He was the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals from 2013 to 2017, and also served as offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts. He also coached at the college level, serving as head coach at Temple and as an assistant at Mississippi State and Alabama. Arians is known for his trademark slogan "No risk-it, no biscuit", which encourages aggressive play and risk-taking.
Arians was the offensive coordinator of the Steelers from 2007 to 2011 after being promoted from wide receivers coach, a position that he had held with the team since the 2004 season. With the Colts, he also served as interim head coach for the during the 2012 season, when their rookie head coach Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia. Arians guided the Colts to a 9–3 record over his tenure, which lasted from October 1 until Pagano's return on December 24; he was named AP NFL Coach of the Year for the season. He became the head coach of the Cardinals in 2013 following a lone season in Indianapolis. Following the 2014 season, in which Arizona posted an 11–5 record, Arians was named 2014's AP Head Coach of the Year, the second of his career.Chan Gailey
Thomas Chandler Gailey Jr. (born January 5, 1952) is a former American football coach. Gailey has served as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, and Buffalo Bills.
Gailey previously served as offensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins in 2000 and 2001, when the Dolphins posted consecutive 11–5 records. He was on the Pittsburgh Steelers staff from 1994 to 1997 when the Steelers won four straight AFC Central titles and coached in one Super Bowl (XXX). He was offensive coordinator in 1997 when Pittsburgh ranked sixth in the NFL in total offense and seventh in scoring. Gailey served as the offensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008 and three games of the 2009 preseason. His most recent job was as the offensive coordinator for the New York Jets.Darrell Bevell
Darrell Wayne Bevell (born January 6, 1970) is an American football coach who is the offensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions in the National Football League (NFL). He previously served in the same position for the Minnesota Vikings from 2006 to 2010 and the Seattle Seahawks from 2011 to 2017. Bevell played college football for the University of Wisconsin, where he was a four-year starting quarterback.Dirk Koetter
Dirk Jeffrey Koetter ( KUT-ər; born February 5, 1959) is an American football coach who is the current offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL) where he previously served as the offensive coordinator from 2012 to 2014 under then head coach, Mike Smith. He was previously the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2016 to 2018. He was the head coach at Boise State University from 1998 to 2000 and at Arizona State University from 2001 to 2006, compiling a career college football record of 66–44 (.600). Koetter was also the offensive coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Falcons, and Buccaneers.Eric Bieniemy
Eric M. Bieniemy, Jr. (born August 15, 1969) is an American former professional football player and coach who is the offensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. Bieniemy is a former running back who played for nine seasons. He played college football for the University of Colorado and was recognized as a consensus All-American. He was selected by the San Diego Chargers in the second round of the 1991 NFL Draft. Bieniemy served as the offensive coordinator at Colorado before becoming the running backs coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.Greg Roman
Gregory P. Roman (born August 19, 1972) is an American football coach who is currently the offensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens. He was formerly the offensive coordinator with the NFL's San Francisco 49ers and Buffalo Bills.Hue Jackson
Hue Jackson (born October 22, 1965) is an American football coach. He has served as the head coach for the Oakland Raiders and the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). He has also been an offensive coordinator for multiple teams. Before joining Oakland, Jackson served as offensive assistant coach for several NFL teams, most notably as the offensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins under Steve Spurrier and the Atlanta Falcons under Bobby Petrino. Jackson’s 3-36-1 record over two-and-a-half seasons with the Browns is the worst record that a head coach has recorded while presiding over one team in NFL history.Josh McDaniels
Joshua Thomas McDaniels (born April 22, 1976) is an American football coach who is the offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). McDaniels was one of the few members of the Patriots' coaching staff that has been there for all six of their Super Bowl wins; he was with the team initially from 2001 to 2008, serving in multiple capacities. He is the highest-paid offensive coordinator in the NFL.
In 2009, McDaniels was hired as the head coach of the Denver Broncos. At the time of his hiring, 33-year-old McDaniels was the youngest head coach in the NFL, although less than a week later the Tampa Bay Buccaneers named Raheem Morris, who is five months younger, as their head coach. McDaniels was fired by Denver after a 3–9 start in 2010. He spent the 2011 season as offensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams, but he was released by the Rams for the 2011 playoffs to serve as an offensive assistant for the Patriots in their run to Super Bowl XLVI, before returning to the team as offensive coordinator that following season.Kevin Gilbride
Kevin Bernard Gilbride (born August 27, 1951) is a retired American professional football coach. Gilbride was a coach for twenty years in the NFL and is a longtime friend of Tom Coughlin since his days as the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. He spent seven years as the offensive coordinator for the New York Giants, with whom he earned two Super Bowl rings. From 1997–1998, Gilbride was the head coach for the San Diego Chargers.Kyle Shanahan
Kyle Michael Shanahan (born December 14, 1979) is an American football coach who is the current head coach of the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). Previously, he served as the offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons, whose offense led the league in points scored in 2016 and helped the team reach Super Bowl LI. In addition to the 49ers and Falcons, Shanahan has coached for the Houston Texans, Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns. He is the son of former NFL head coach Mike Shanahan.Major Applewhite
Major Lee Applewhite (born July 26, 1978) is an American football coach and former player. He most recently served as head coach at the University of Houston, where he previously served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. In 2013, he was the co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Texas under his head coach as a player, Mack Brown. Prior to Texas, Applewhite served as offensive coordinator at Rice University under Todd Graham in 2006 and at the University of Alabama under Nick Saban in 2007. He was the youngest offensive coordinator among Division I-A schools at that time.
Applewhite was previously the quarterbacks coach at Syracuse University in 2005. Prior to coaching, he was a college football quarterback for the Texas Longhorns from 1998 to 2001 and set 8 school records. Many of these still stand, including the longest pass play (97 yards), and most yards passing in a game (473). He previously held the record for career yards (8,353) and consecutive passes without an interception (156).
On December 9, 2016, Applewhite was promoted to head coach at Houston. His first game as head coach was the Las Vegas Bowl on December 17, 2016.Marty Mornhinweg
Marty Mornhinweg ( 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. Previously he was the Ravens' quarterbacks coach., was the head coach of the Detroit Lions from 2001 to 2002 and the Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator from 2006 to 2012.Mike DeBord
Mike DeBord (born February 7, 1956) is an American football coach who is currently the offensive coordinator of the San Diego Fleet of the Alliance of American Football (AAF). He was previously the associate head coach and offensive coordinator at Indiana University. DeBord was the head football coach at Central Michigan University from 2000 to 2003, compiling a record of 12–34. He worked as an assistant coach at the University of Michigan for a total of 11 seasons, from 1993 to 1999 and again from 2004 to 2007. He was the offensive coordinator for the Michigan Wolverines for five seasons (1997–1999, 2006–2007) including Michigan's 1997 campaign, in which the team won part of a national championship. DeBord has also worked as an assistant coach in the National Football League (NFL), with the Seattle Seahawks (2008–2009) and the Chicago Bears (2010–2012).Mike Shula
Mike Shula (born June 3, 1965) is an American football coach who is currently the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He has served as the head football coach at the University of Alabama, his alma mater, for four seasons, from 2003 to 2006. He was the offensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1996 to 1999. Shula was the Carolina Panthers' offensive coordinator from 2013 to 2017.Norv Turner
Norval Eugene Turner (born May 17, 1952) is an American football coach who is currently the offensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. Turner has also served as offensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings, and the Dallas Cowboys, where he won two Super Bowls, both over the Buffalo Bills. He has served as head coach of the Washington Redskins, Oakland Raiders, and San Diego Chargers. He is the older brother of Ron Turner, the former head coach at the University of Illinois and a former Chicago Bears offensive coordinator.Rick Dennison
Rick Dennison (born June 22, 1958) is an American football coach and former player who is currently the offensive line coach and run game coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. An assistant in the NFL since 1995, he served as offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos (2006–2008, 2015-2016), Houston Texans (2010–2013), and Buffalo Bills (2017), and served as quarterbacks coach for the Baltimore Ravens in 2014. He was the special teams coach for the Super Bowl Champion Broncos in 1997 and 1998. A linebacker who spent his entire NFL playing career in Denver from 1982 to 1990, he appeared in Super Bowls XXI, XXII, and XXIV.