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Charles London
Running Backs

Charles London is in his third season as running backs coach with the Houston Texans and seventh year overall coaching in the NFL.

Charles London is in his third season as running backs coach with the Houston Texans and seventh year overall coaching in the NFL.

Last season, Houston ranked fifth in the AFC in rushing yards per game (108.2). The Texans 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 eclipsed 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 instrumental 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 the running backs coach in his final year. During the summer of 2005, as part of the NFL’s Minority Internship program, he did a coaching internship with the New England Patriots.
Prior to 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 graduate degree in humanities in 2006.

2014-16: Running Backs, Houston Texans
2012-13: Running Backs and Recruiting Coordinator, Penn State
2011: Offensive Assistant/Quality Control, Tennessee Titans
2010: Pro Scout, Philadelphia Eagles
2008-09: Offensive Assistant/Assistant Wide Receivers, Chicago Bears
2007: Offensive Assistant/Quality Control, Chicago Bears
2006: Running Backs, Duke
2004-05: Graduate Assistant, Duke

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