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Charles London
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Charles London is in his fourth season as running backs coach with the Houston Texans and ninth overall season in the NFL.

Charles London is in his fourth season as running backs coach with the Houston Texans and ninth overall season in the NFL.

The Texans' ground game was instrumental in the team winning back-to-back AFC South crowns in 2015-16 and posting three straight winning seasons for the first time in franchise history. In London's first three years with the team, the Texans ranked third in the AFC and sixth in the NFL in rushing.

Last season, Houston featured the eighth-best rushing attack in the NFL, averaging 116.2 yards per game and rushing for 1,859 yards as a team. In RB Lamar Miller's first season with the Texans, he set career highs in carries (268) and 100-yard games (4), and topped 1,000 rushing yards for the second time in his five-year career, becoming just the fourth player in Texans history to accomplish the feat.

The 2015 Texans ranked fifth in the AFC in rushing yards per game at 108.2. London's group topped 100 rushing yards in six of the last seven games of the season, as their 135.1-yard rushing average from Weeks 11-17 ranked third in the AFC and sixth in the NFL. RB Alfred Blue led the team with a career-high 698 rushing yards and eclipsed the 100-yard mark on the ground in three contests. Veteran RB Arian Foster started only four games before being placed on Injured Reserve on Oct. 27.

In 2014, the Texans ran the ball a league-high 51.9 percent of the time and posted an AFC-best eight individual 100-yard rushing performances. Houston also rushed for 100 yards or more in 13-of-16 regular season games during London’s first season. The Texans’ 135.1 yards rushing per game ranked fifth in the NFL and was the second-highest mark in franchise history. Foster, who earned his fourth Pro Bowl honor, rushed for 1,246 yards, scored 13 total touchdowns and topped the 100-yard mark in seven of the 13 games he played in.

London also played a big role in the development of Blue. During his first season, the sixth-round pick out of LSU posted the highest single-game rushing total by a rookie in the NFL in 2014 and tied a franchise rookie record with 156 yards rushing on a team-record 36 carries against Cleveland in Week 11. Blue became the third rookie running back drafted in the sixth round or later in NFL history to rush for 150-plus yards on 35-plus carries.

Prior to the Texans, London spent two seasons (2012-13) at Penn State as the running backs coach and recruiting coordinator for Head Coach Bill O’Brien. London was key in the progression of RB Zach Zwinak, who rushed for 1,989 yards from 2012-13, good for the third-most rushing yards by a running back in the Big Ten in that time. Zwinak’s 12 rushing touchdowns in 2013 tied for the fourth-most rushing scores in the conference.

In 2011, London served as offensive assistant and quality control coach for the Tennessee Titans. He helped lead the Titans to a three-win improvement from 6-10 to 9-7, narrowly missing the playoffs due to a tiebreaker. That season, the Titans passing offense improved 13 spots to 12th in the NFL (245.2 yards per game) from 25th (194.2 yards per game).

London spent the 2010 season as a pro scout for the Philadelphia Eagles, helping them gain a playoff berth. Before Philadelphia, he worked three years as an offensive assistant with the Chicago Bears (2007-09). His first year with the Bears was as a quality control coach on offense and his final two years were as offensive assistant/assistant wide receivers coach.

London also has three years of coaching experience at his alma mater, Duke (2004-06). He started as a graduate assistant in his first two years and was elevated to running backs coach in his final season. During the summer of 2005, as part of the NFL’s Minority Internship program, he did a coaching internship with the New England Patriots.

Before entering the coaching world, London gained experience as an events manager for Disney’s Wide World of Sports from 1998-99, stadium assistant manager for the Cleveland Browns from 1999-2001 and director of stadium operations for Gillette Stadium from 2001-04.

As a player at Duke (1994-96), London saw action in 34 games at running back over three years for the Blue Devils and also lettered as a sprinter for the track team. Duke’s 1994 team earned a berth in the Hall of Fame Bowl. He also earned the football team’s Trinity Teammate Award and Carmen Falcone Award for excellence in athletics and academics in 1996 and the College Football Hall of Fame Foundation Award in 1997. Additionally, he was a member of the ACC Honor Roll in 1996-97. London earned an undergraduate degree in political science from Duke in 1997 and a master's degree in humanities in 2006.

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