Every year there are a number of names on the NFL sidelines helping to coach the team that are familiar to people from their days playing on the field. Here is a look at part one in a series about assistant coaches during the 2010 season who had recognizable NFL careers.
Charlie Joiner – San Diego Chargers
Charlie Joiner had an incredible career as an NFL wide receiver and ended up being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He played for the Houston Oilers and Cincinnati Bengals, but made his name as part of the high scoring San Diego Chargers. He is now the wide receivers coach for the Chargers.
Mike Mularkey – Atlanta Falcons
Mike Mularkey played tight end in the National Football League from 1983 to 1991, first with the Minnesota Vikings and then with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has coached with a number of teams, including serving as the head coach of the Buffalo Bills from 2004 to 2005. He is now the Offensive Coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons.
Richie Anderson – Kansas City Chiefs
Richie Anderson had a reputation as being Mr. Everything when he played and he was known for giving his all on every play. He was another of Bill Parcells’ favorite players and he also made his way into coaching. He is now the Wide Receivers Coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Tom Rathman – San Francisco 49ers
Tom Rathman starred for a number of years as the fullback of the San Francisco 49ers during some of the best seasons the team had ever had. He is still with the team, only now he is the running backs coach and trying to pass on the knowledge and skill that he had as a player to today’s runners.
Sam Gash – Detroit Lions
Sam Gash had a great reputation as a player that would do anything for his team. This fullback starred for the New England Patriots for a number of years, but also saw time on the roster of the Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Ravens. He is now the Running Backs Coach of the Detroit Lions.
Sherman Smith – Seattle Seahawks
Sherman Smith came to the Seattle Seahawks in the first year of the team’s existence in the mid 1970’s and he was a big part of the young team for years. Today he is a highly respected running backs coach for the same Seattle Seahawks.
Jerry Olsavsky – Pittsburgh Steelers
Jerry Olsavsky made his name as a very good linebacker with the Steelers in the 1990’s and also went on to play for the Baltimore Ravens. He is now a Defensive Assistant Coach on Mike Tomlin’s Pittsburgh Steelers coaching staff.
Edgar Bennett – Green Bay Packers
Edgar Bennett had a very good career as a running back in the league, seeing significant time with the Packers as well as other teams. He is now the running backs coach for the team he used to star for, the Packers.
Scott Studwell – Minnesota Vikings
Scott Studwell had a long and distinguished career as a linebacker in the NFL. His name is even displayed publicly in the Minnesota Vikings Ring of Honor. Currently, Studwell is still employed by that team as the Director of College Scouting.
Gary Brown – Cleveland Browns
Gary Brown was an effective running back for a few teams in the NFL in the 1990’s. His best year came with the Houston Oilers in 1993, although he also had a good year in 1998 for the New York Giants. Today, he coaches running backs for the Cleveland Browns.
Maurice Carthon – Kansas City Chiefs
Maurice Carthon was a very good role player at running back for the New York Giants. He ended up being a favorite player of head coach Bill Parcells and few were shocked when he went into coaching. He is right now the Assistant Head Coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Mark Carrier – New York Jets
When he played for the Chicago Bears, he was regarded as one of the best safeties in football. He stayed in football from 1990 to 2000 after being drafted in the first round of the 1990 NFL Draft. He is right now the Defensive Line Coach for the New York Jets.
Pete Metzelaars – Indianapolis Colts
Pete Metzelaars accomplished quite a bit during his NFL career, a career associated most with the great Buffalo Bills of the early 1990’s. Today, he can be seen roaming the sidelines as the offensive line coach of the Indianapolis Colts.
Look for Part Two in this series to appear soon.