The Indianapolis Colts have replaced their longest-tenured coach with Brian Schottenheimer, the team announced Monday.
Quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen, who was on staff since Tony Dungy’s arrival in 2002, recently accepted the Miami Dolphins’ offensive coordinator job.
That means Schottenheimer, the 42-year-old son of former head coach Marty Schottenheimer, returns to the NFL, where he’s coached 16 of his 19 seasons. He was offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Georgia last season, but before that spent three years as the St. Louis Rams’ offensive coordinator and six seasons in the same job with the New York Jets.
Now he’s entrusted with coaching Andrew Luck, whose play slipped in his fourth season amid injuries and dealing with an inconsistent offensive line. Luck had made the Pro Bowl in his previous seasons, but without him, the Colts finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2011.
The Colts liked Christensen enough to keep him on the staff even after Dungy retired following the 2008 season, Caldwell Jim’s three-year run through 2011 and then when Pagano was hired in 2012.
Christensen was Tampa Bay’s offensive coordinator in 2001, then coached the Colts’ wide receivers from 2002 to 2007, became Colts assistant head coach in addition to wide receivers coach in 2008, was Colts offensive coordinator from 2009 through 2011, then quarterbacks coach the past four seasons.
Schottenheimer previously worked for his father in San Diego as quarterbacks coach for four seasons from 2002 to 2005, as the Washington Redskins’ quarterbacks coach in 2001 and as a Kansas City Chiefs assistant in 1998.
He began his NFL coaching career as a Rams assistant in 1997. He coached Syracuse wide receivers in 1999 and Southern California tight ends in 2000.
The Colts also re-hired Shawn Terlecky to a new role as defensive quality control coach. He had spent the previous three seasons as the Colts’ assistant to the head coach. Prior to joining the Colts, he spent nine seasons in college, most recently for three seasons as a defensive intern at Louisiana State University from 2010 to 2012.
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