The Indianapolis Colts have signed Ted Monachino as defensive coordinator.
“We are pleased to announce the hiring of Ted Monachino as our next defensive coordinator,” said Head Coach Chuck Pagano. “Ted brings a wealth of experience with 25 years of coaching all on the defensive side of the ball. He has overseen one of the league’s best linebacker units for the last six years and I had the privilege of coaching with him for two of those seasons. Ted is very familiar with our scheme. He is a great motivator and is extremely respected by the players he has coached.”
Monachino spent the last six seasons with the Baltimore Ravens serving as the linebackers (2012-15) and outside linebackers (2010-11) coach. He sent at least one Raven from his positional group to the Pro Bowl in four of his six seasons in Baltimore. Over the last two seasons, Monachino developed Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley into one of the most productive young players at the position. In 2014, Mosley became the first rookie in Ravens history to be named to the Pro Bowl as his 129 tackles ranked eighth in the NFL and first among rookies. Monachino coached Elvis Dumervil to a franchise-record 17.0 sacks in 2014. Dumervil combined with fellow outside linebacker Terrell Suggs (12.0) to produce the most sacks of any duo in the NFL (29.0) in 2014 as Baltimore tallied the second-most sacks in the league. In 2013, Suggs (10.0) and Dumervil (9.5) totaled 19.5 sacks on the season and linebacker Daryl Smith was one of just three NFL defenders with at least 100 tackles, 5.0 sacks and three interceptions. In Monachino’s first season as linebackers coach in 2012, Baltimore ranked second in red zone defense and allowed the second-fewest passing touchdowns (15) en route to a Super Bowl XLVII victory. Suggs was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-Pro and a Pro Bowler in 2011 after leading the AFC with a career-high 14.0 sacks and an NFL-best seven forced fumbles. In his first season in Baltimore in 2010, the Ravens allowed the NFL’s third-fewest points (16.9 ppg.) for the third-straight year.
Prior to Baltimore, Monachino coached the defensive line for the Jacksonville Jaguars for four seasons (2006-09). In 2006, the Jaguars tied for fourth in the league in rushing defense after allowing 91.3 yards per game.
Monachino coached for five seasons at Arizona State (2001-05). He served as the defensive line coach for the Sun Devils and was pivotal in the development of Suggs, who was drafted by the Ravens in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft. Suggs set the NCAA single-season record for sacks (24.0) and tackles for loss (31.5) in 2002 en route to winning the Bronco Nagurski Award, given to the best defensive player in the nation, the Rotary Lombardi Award for the country’s top lineman and the Morris Trophy for the Pac-10’s top lineman.
Collegiately, Monachino also had coaching stints at Boise State (2000), Southwest Missouri State (1999), James Madison (1998) and Texas Christian (1996-97). He began his coaching career in Missouri at the high school level at Pacific High School (1991-93) and Hannibal High School (1994-95).
Monachino earned a degree in health and physical education from the University of Maryland in 1990. He was a three-year letterman for the Terapins and received All Big 8 Conference academic honors two times. Monachino earned his master’s credit in sport psychology from Texas Christian while serving as a graduate assistant from 1996-97.
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