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Tim Berbenich enters his first season as tight ends coach for the Houston Texans in 2022.
Tim Berbenich enters his first season as tight ends coach for the Houston Texans in 2022. Berbenich has 19 years of NFL coaching experience, most recently spending four seasons (2018-21) with the Las Vegas Raiders in multiple roles.
Berbenich served as the Raiders' running backs coach in 2021, mentoring RB Josh Jacobs as he surpassed 1,000 scrimmage yards for the third consecutive season. Jacobs earned an 82.8 rushing grade from Pro Football Focus, which ranked fourth in the NFL among running backs with 200-plus carries.
From 2018-20, Berbenich worked as a quality control – offense coach for the Raiders. With Berbenich's guidance in 2020, the Raiders offense produced one of the best campaigns in club history, ranking in the top-10 of the NFL in nearly all major offensive categories, including points per game (27.1 – 10th), net yards per game (383.3 – eighth), passing yards per game (263.6 – seventh), sacks surrendered (28 – 10th) and third down percentage (46.0 percent – sixth). He also helped the offense record a 4,000-yard passer (QB Derek Carr), 1,000-yard receiver (TE Darren Waller) and 1,000-yard rusher (RB Josh Jacobs) for the second consecutive season after becoming the first offense to do so in franchise history in 2019. Jacobs and Waller each earned their first career Pro Bowl nods, with Jacobs becoming the first rusher in franchise history to tally back-to-back seasons with at least 1,000 rushing yards to start his career and Waller breaking Hall of Famer WR Tim Brown's team record for most receptions in a single season with 107.
In 2019, Berbenich helped guide an offense that improved in many major statistical categories from the 2018 season, including net yards (336.2 in 2018 to 363.7 in 2019), third down percentage (37.1 avg. to 43.8 avg.), touchdown passes (19 to 22), giveaways (24 to 17), points per game (18.1 avg. to 19.6 avg.), rushing yards per game (101.8 avg. to 118.3 avg.) and passing yards per game (234.4 avg. to 256.9 avg.). Berbenich also helped produce major offensive contributions from the 2019 rookie class that combined for a team-record 17 touchdowns, the most in the NFL among all rookie draft classes, highlighted by Jacobs, who became the first rookie in franchise history to surpass 1,000 rushing yards.
During his first season with the Raiders in 2018, Berbenich helped coach Carr to then-personal bests in passing yards (4,049), completion percentage (68.9 percent) and yards per attempt (7.3 avg.). Additionally, Carr set a franchise record with 332 consecutive pass attempts without an interception. Berbenich also saw TE Jared Cook earn his first Pro Bowl honor in 2018 after recording career highs in receiving yards (896), receptions (68) and touchdowns (six).
Prior to his time with the Raiders, Berbenich spent five seasons (2013-17) with the Indianapolis Colts. Berbenich assisted in numerous roles on both the offense and defense, serving as the team's offensive assistant from 2013-14, defensive assistant in 2015 and offensive assistant/assistant quarterbacks coach in 2016-17. The team won two division titles (2013-14) in Berbenich's first two seasons as an offensive assistant, going 11-5 in back-to-back seasons.
As offensive assistant/assistant quarterbacks coach for the Colts in 2017, Berbenich worked closely with second-year QB Jacoby Brissett, who started 15 games during his first season in Indianapolis. Brissett passed for over 3,000 yards and tied for sixth in the NFL for lowest pass interception percentage (1.5). In 2016, Berbenich mentored QB Andrew Luck, as he set a career-high 63.5 completion percentage while also finishing in the top-10 in the NFL in passing yards (4,240 – eighth) passing touchdowns (31 – fifth) and passer rating (96.4 – ninth).
In his one-year stint as a defensive assistant for the Colts in 2015, Berbenich helped coach S Mike Adams and CB Vontae Davis, who both earned Pro Bowl selections for the second consecutive campaign. The Colts scored five defensive touchdowns under Berbenich's tutelage, tied for the most in club history. In addition, the defense's five interceptions returned for a score tied for first in the NFL and their 17 picks total ranked sixth.
In his first two seasons as an offensive assistant with the Colts (2013-14), Berbenich helped guide an offense that ranked fifth in passing yards per game (269.3 avg.) and seventh in total offense (374.2 avg.). The offense also ranked seventh with 89 touchdowns during that same time frame. In 2014, the club set a franchise record with 6,506 net yards and 4,894 net passing yards, while recording the second-highest point total (458) in the NFL that season. In 2013, the Colts amassed 1,743 total yards on the ground, the most by the club since 2006. The offense's 14 turnovers established a new franchise record.
Before joining the Colts' staff, Berbenich served as an assistant wide receivers coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2009-11. In 2010, he helped mentor rookie WR Mike Williams, who led all first-year NFL players with 65 receptions, 964 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns. Williams finished second in voting for the Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year.
In 2009, WR Antonio Bryant led the club's wide receivers with 600 yards and four touchdowns, both second overall on the team, while rookie seventh-round draft pick WR Sammie Stroughter enjoyed a successful first campaign and finished third on the team with 31 receptions.
Berbenich served as Tampa Bay's assistant running backs coach in 2008, helping the team surpass 1,800 rushing yards for the second consecutive season, with two players passing the 500-yard mark. From 2006-07, Berbenich served as the Buccaneers' offensive quality control coach. He helped mentor an offense that saw WR Joey Galloway surpass 1,000 yards and six touchdown receptions in consecutive seasons. RB Earnest Graham enjoyed the best season of his career in 2007, totaling career highs in rushing yards (898) and touchdowns (10), while also adding 49 receptions for 324 yards.
Berbenich broke into the NFL coaching ranks with the New York Jets as offensive assistant in 2003-04 before working for the team as a quality control coach in 2005. He helped the Jets to two postseason appearances (2002 and 2004) during his time in New York.
Before beginning his coaching career, Berbenich served in the New York Jets team operations department as an intern in 2000, before earning a full-time role in 2002 as an operations assistant. He attended Hamilton College, where he played wide receiver while earning his degree in economics. A native of Huntington, N.Y., Berbenich and his wife, Diane, have two sons, Jack and Drew.
Berbenich's Coaching Ledger
2022 Tight Ends Houston Texans
2021 Running Backs Las Vegas Raiders
2018-20 Quality Control - Offense Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders
2016-17 Offensive Assistant/ Indianapolis Colts
2015 Defensive Assistant Indianapolis Colts
2013-14 Offensive Assistant Indianapolis Colts
2009-11 Assistant Wide Receivers Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2008 Assistant Running Backs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2006-07 Offensive Quality Control Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2005 Offensive Assistant/Quality Control New York Jets
2003-04 Offensive Assistant New York Jets