The Indianapolis Colts today named Tim Berbenich as offensive assistant/assistant quarterbacks coach and Jim Hostler as tight ends coach.
Berbenich enters his fourth season with the Colts. In 2015, he served as defensive assistant after previously spending two years (2013-14) as the team’s offensive assistant. Berbenich holds 13 years of NFL coaching experience, including six seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Last season, Berbenich helped a defense that finished with five touchdowns, which tied for the most in a single season in franchise history dating back to 1975 and 1994. The defense ranked sixth in the NFL in interceptions (17) and tied for first in the league with four interceptions returned for a touchdown. Safety Mike Adams and cornerback Vontae Davis were named to the Pro Bowl for the second-consecutive season.
In 2014, he assisted 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 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.
Prior to Indianapolis, Berbenich served on the coaching staffs of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2006-2011) and the New York Jets (2002-2005).
Hostler enters his second season with the Colts. He served as wide receivers coach in 2015. Hostler holds 26 years of coaching experience, including the previous 16 seasons in the NFL.
In his first season in Indianapolis, Hostler guided wide receiver T.Y. Hilton to his second-career Pro Bowl after catching 69 passes for 1,124 yards and five touchdowns. Hilton recorded his third-consecutive 1,000-yard receiving season and joined Marvin Harrison (eight) and Reggie Wayne (eight) as the only players in Colts history to post three or more 1,000-yard receiving seasons.
Hostler was also instrumental in the continued development of second-year wide receiver Donte Moncrief, who set career highs in receptions (64), receiving yards (733) and receiving touchdowns (team-high six). Hostler also received production from veteran wide receiver Andre Johnson (41 receptions for 503 yards and four touchdowns) and rookie first-round pick Phillip Dorsett (18 receptions for 225 yards and one touchdown).
Hostler previously coached for the Buffalo Bills (2014), Baltimore Ravens (2008-2013), San Francisco 49ers (2005-07), New York Jets (2003-04), New Orleans Saints (2001-02) and Kansas City Chiefs (2000). He also coached at the collegiate level at his alma mater, Indiana University of Pennsylvania (1990-92, 94-99), and Juniata College (1993).
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