The Indianapolis Colts have signed Brian Schottenheimer as quarterbacks coach and Shawn Terlecky as defensive quality control coach.
Schottenheimer holds 19 years of coaching experience, including 16 seasons at the NFL level. He spent the 2015 campaign as the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach for the University of Georgia. Last year, the Bulldogs totaled 4,904 yards of net offense and ranked fifth in the Southeastern Conference with a 60.9 completion percentage. Schottenheimer coached running back Nick Chubb who totaled 747 rushing yards in six games before suffering a season ending injury. Chubb’s total included a streak of five consecutive 100-yard games to start the season.
Schottenheimer spent three years (2012-14) as the offensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams. In 2014, St. Louis averaged 314.7 net yards per game. Quarterbacks Austin Davis and Shaun Hill combined to throw for 3,658 yards and 20 touchdowns in place of an injured Sam Bradford. In 2013, the Rams scored 27-or-more points on six different occasions. In addition, the team scored 38 touchdowns, which was the most for the club in a single season dating back to 2006. Schottenheimer oversaw Bradford who ranked eighth in the NFL with 159 completions and was tied for fifth in touchdown passes (14) before suffering a season ending knee injury.
In St. Louis’ first season under Schottenheimer (2012), the Rams recorded a 6.6 points per game average increase over the previous season as Bradford set career highs in passing yards (3,702), touchdown passes (21) and passer rating (82.5). He also called plays for an offense that helped running back Steven Jackson rush for his eighth consecutive 1,000-yard campaign.
Schottenheimer joined the Rams after spending the previous six seasons in the same position with the New York Jets. During his time in New York, he constructed an offense that helped the Jets earn back-to-back appearances in the AFC Championship Game.
In 2011, the Jets led the NFL in red zone percentage as they scored touchdowns on 36 of their 55 trips inside their opponents’ 20-yard line (65.5 percent). In 2010, New York ranked fourth in the NFL in rushing offense and 11th in total yards, and in 2009, the Jets led the NFL with an average of 172.3 rushing yards per game. New York was one of just three teams since 2001 to average more than 170 rushing yards per game in a season. In 2009, Schottenheimer helped quarterback Mark Sanchez become the most prolific postseason quarterback in club annals. Under his direction, Sanchez won four road postseason games (most in Jets history), while throwing a team record nine touchdown passes. With the help of Schottenheimer, Sanchez recorded the second-most postseason passing yards (1,155) in club history and three of the club’s top five postseason passer ratings.
In 2008, the Jets acquired quarterback Brett Favre during the preseason, and New York scored 405 points, only the third time in franchise history that they reached 400 points. Their 42 offensive touchdowns that season were their most since 1998. The running game, led by Pro Bowler Thomas Jones (AFC-leading 1,312 rushing yards and a team record 13 rushing touchdowns) and Leon Washington (448 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns), averaged 4.75 yards per carry, fifth in the league and the best season mark in franchise history.
Schottenheimer joined the Jets in 2006 after spending four seasons as the quarterbacks coach of the San Diego Chargers. In 2004, Drew Brees earned Pro Bowl honors for the first time in his career as he threw 27 touchdown passes and finished third in the NFL in passer rating. Schottenheimer also oversaw the development of Philip Rivers, who worked with Schottenheimer as Brees’ back-up during Rivers’ first two NFL seasons.
Prior to his stint in San Diego, Schottenheimer worked for his father, Marty, in Washington and Kansas City. He was an offensive assistant with the Chiefs and held the title of quarterbacks coach during his lone season with the Redskins. In between those two stops, he coached at the collegiate level, tutoring wide receivers at Syracuse in 1999 and tight ends at Southern California in 2000.
Schottenheimer made his NFL coaching debut in 1997 as an offensive assistant on Dick Vermeil’s Rams staff.
Terlecky has 12 years of coaching experience and spent the last three seasons with the Colts as the team’s assistant to the head coach. The Colts recorded a 30-18 record over the last three seasons, which included two AFC South Division championships and one appearance in the AFC Championship Game in 2014.
Prior to the Colts, Terlecky was a defensive intern for Louisiana State University from 2010-12. In the course of those three seasons, the Tigers defense earned national rankings of eighth, second and 12th in total defense. In 2011, LSU also ranked second nationally in scoring defense. He coached in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, AT&T Cotton Bowl and the 2012 BCS National Championship.
From 2008-2010, Terlecky was the cornerbacks coach/recruiting coordinator for Mercyhurst University. In 2008, the defense ranked 20th nationally in total defense and 16th in scoring defense. In addition, the Laker pass defense ranked seventh in the country and led the PSAC.
Terlecky spent three seasons (2005-07) at the University of North Carolina as a graduate assistant with focuses on linebackers (2005), secondary (2006) and the defensive line (2007). He began his coaching career at his alma mater, Mercyhurst University in 2004.
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