The Indianapolis Colts have hired Jim Hostler as wide receivers coach and named Tim Berbenich as defensive assistant, Hal Hunter as offensive line coach, Brad White as outside linebackers coach and Charlie Williams as running backs coach.
Hostler holds 25 years of coaching experience, including 15 seasons in the NFL. In 2014, he served as the senior offensive assistant for the Buffalo Bills. During that season, wide receiver Sammy Watkins set Bills single-season rookie records for receptions (65) and receiving yards (982), while receiver Robert Woods set career highs with 65 receptions for 699 yards and five touchdowns. The team also had three different players with at least 50 catches for the first time in franchise history.
Prior to joining the Bills, Hostler spent six seasons (2008-2013) as the Baltimore Ravens’ wide receivers coach, where he oversaw a receiving corps that played an integral role in the team’s 2012 Super Bowl championship. During the 2012 campaign, the Ravens’ wide outs finished second in franchise history for the most receiving yards for a single season with 3,996. From 2011-13, Torrey Smith ranked among the top 10 AFC receivers in yards per catch (fourth-17.2), touchdown receptions (seventh-19) and receiving yards (eighth-2,824).
In addition to Smith, Hostler helped wide receiver Anquan Boldin make an immediate impact on the Ravens’ offense upon his arrival following a trade from Arizona. During his three seasons (2010-12) with Baltimore, Boldin led the team in receptions (186), receiving yards (2,645) and first down receptions (132).
Hostler joined the Ravens in 2008 after spending three seasons (2005-07) with the San Francisco 49ers, serving as quarterbacks coach from 2005-06 and offensive coordinator in his final year. During his time with the 49ers, Hostler played an important role in tutoring 2005 No. 1 overall pick quarterback Alex Smith. In 2007, he helped running back Frank Gore become the third player in 49ers history to record over 1,000 rushing yards and 400 receiving yards in back-to-back seasons.
During coaching stints with the New York Jets (2003-04) and the New Orleans Saints (2001-02), Hostler helped develop players like Santana Moss, Wayne Chrebet, Justin McCareins and Donté Stallworth. From 2003-04, Moss totaled 119 receptions for 1,943 yards and 15 touchdowns.
A native of Bethel Park, Pa., Hostler entered the NFL in 2000 with the Kansas City Chiefs as an offensive assistant/quality control coach after spending 10 years coaching collegiately at his alma mater Indiana University of Pennsylvania (1990-92, 1994-99) and Juniata College (1993).
Berbenich spent the last two seasons (2013-14) as the Colts’ offensive assistant. Last year, he helped coach an offense that set franchise single-season records in net yards (6,506) and net passing yards (4,894), while recording its second-highest point total (458) for a season. The team finished the regular season ranked first in the NFL in passing yards, third in net yards, fourth in time of possession and sixth in points scored. The Colts allowed only 29.0 sacks in 2014, which ranked eighth in the NFL and was the lowest total for the team since the 2010 campaign.
In 2013, Berbenich helped coach an offense that averaged 341.8 yards per game, including 232.8 passing
and 108.9 rushing. The Colts’ 1,743 total rushing yards were the most for the team since the 2006 campaign.
Indianapolis set franchise records for the fewest turnovers (14) and fumbles lost (four) and became the first team in the NFL to finish a season with the least amount of turnovers and penalties since the 2002 Kansas City Chiefs. The Colts notched 35 10-play drives in 2013, which tied for second in the NFL. Indianapolis also only allowed 32.0 sacks for the year, which ranked sixth in the NFL and fourth in the AFC.
Hunter spent the last two seasons (2013-14) as the Colts’ assistant offensive line coach. Last season, he worked with an offensive line that saw 11 different starting lineups throughout the year. The line helped pave the way for the team to set franchise single-season records in net yards (6,506) and net passing yards (4,894), while recording its second-highest point total (458) for a season. The Colts allowed only 29.0 sacks in 2014, which ranked eighth in the NFL and was the lowest total for the team since the 2010 campaign.
In 2013, Hunter assisted an offensive line that blocked for quarterback Andrew Luck to throw for 3,822 yards
and 23 touchdowns, while only allowing 32.0 sacks on the year, which ranked sixth in the NFL and fourth in the
AFC. Indianapolis rushed for 1,743 yards on the season, which was the highest total for the team since 2006.
Hunter also helped manage an offensive line that saw seven different starting lineups throughout the season.
White has served on the Colts’ coaching staff for the last three years, first as the defensive quality control coach (2012-13) and most recently as the assistant linebackers coach (2014). Last season, inside linebackers D’Qwell Jackson (184) and Jerrell Freeman (144) led the team in tackles and became the Colts’ first linebacker pair with 100-plus tackles in the same season since 2011. Jackson earned his first career Pro Bowl nod after leading the team in tackles and posting career highs in sacks (4.0) and fumble recoveries (four). In addition, outside linebacker Erik Walden finished second on the team with a career-high 6.0 sacks on the year.
In 2013, White helped coach a defense that ranked fourth in the AFC in points allowed (21.0), tied for fifth in sacks (42.0) and eighth in interceptions (15). Outside linebacker Robert Mathis led the NFL in sacks (19.5) and forced fumbles (eight), while Freeman tied for third in the league with six forced fumbles. Cornerback Darius Butler posted a team-leading four interceptions for the second straight year and led all AFC cornerbacks from 2012-13 with eight interceptions.
In 2012, White assisted a defense that registered 32.0 sacks, 12 interceptions and allowed a 38.1 third down conversion percentage, which ranked eighth in the AFC. The Colts defense returned four interceptions for touchdowns, which was tied for the most in a single season in franchise history. He also helped the development of 19 different starters on the defensive side of the ball, including Freeman who joined the team from the Canadian Football League during the offseason and set a franchise record for tackles in a season (203).
Williams spent the last three seasons (2012-14) as the Colts’ wide receivers coach. Last year, the team’s receivers combined to record 219 receptions for 3,004 yards and 16 touchdowns. T.Y. Hilton became the third player in franchise history to post back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons and recorded the most receptions (214), receiving yards (3,289) and 100-yard receiving games (16) in the first three seasons of a player’s career in Colts history. Reggie Wayne finished second on the team with 64 receptions for 779 yards and moved up to seventh place in NFL history in career receptions (1,070) and eighth in receiving yards (14,345). First-year receiver Donte Moncrief became the seventh rookie in team history to record multiple 100-yard receiving games in a single season.
In 2013, Williams coached a group of receivers led by Wayne and Hilton. Hilton led the Colts with
82 receptions for 1,083 yards and five touchdowns, claiming his first career 1,000-yard season. In the AFC Wild
Card game against Kansas City, Hilton set a franchise record and tied for the second-most catches in a single
game in NFL postseason history with 13, while his 224 receiving yards also set a team record and ranked as the
third-most in NFL history. Wayne recorded 38 catches for 503 yards and two touchdowns for the year before
suffering a season-ending injury in Week 7 against Denver.
Williams’ experience was imperative in guiding the 2012 Colts receivers who contributed with 231 receptions for 3,211 yards and 16 touchdowns. Wayne totaled 106 receptions for 1,355 yards, which were both the second-highest totals for a single season in his NFL career. He also added five touchdowns en route to his sixth career Pro Bowl selection. Williams also directed Donnie Avery in 2012, who set single-season career highs in receptions (60), receiving yards (781) and 100-yard games (two). Hilton ranked first among NFL rookies in receiving touchdowns (seven) and 100-yard games (five). He was also second in receiving yards (861) and tied for fourth in receptions (50). Hilton’s five 100-yard receiving outings were the most by a Colts rookie in franchise history as he finished with the second-most receiving yards and tied for the third-most receiving touchdowns by a rookie in team history.
Williams previously coached running backs at New Mexico State and TCU for six seasons earlier in his coaching career.
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