Quarterbacks Coach, Indianapolis Colts
Clyde Christensen enters his 11th season with the Indianapolis Colts and his first as the team’s quarterbacks coach. Christensen has also served as the team’s offensive coordinator (2010-2011), assistant head coach/wide receivers (2008-2009) and wide receivers coach (2002-2007). During his tenure in Indianapolis, the Colts have made nine trips to the playoffs (2002-2010), won seven division championships (2003-2007, 2009-2010), made two Super Bowl appearances (2006 and 2009) and collected one Super Bowl Championship (2006).
In 2011, Christensen oversaw an offense that gained 1,594 rushing yards, which was the most by any Colts unit since 2007. On the season, the Colts averaged 4.17 yards per carry, the most for Indianapolis since 2004. Christensen was also tasked with preparing three different starting quarterbacks (Kerry Collins, Curtis Painter and Dan Orlovsky) and helped Painter and Orlovsky turn in career-high performances.
In his first season as offensive coordinator (2010), Christensen led an offensive unit which totaled over 5,000 net yards for the 13th consecutive season and over 400 points for the 10th time in 12 seasons. Quarterback Peyton Manning completed 450-of-679 passing attempts for 4,700 yards and 33 touchdowns. Manning set an NFL single-season record for completions (450) and extended his records with his 13th consecutive 25-plus touchdown season and 11th 4,000-plus passing yard season. Manning also set club single-season records for completions (450), attempts (679) and yards (4,700).
While overseeing the wide receivers for his first six seasons in Indianapolis, Christensen sent at least one player from his position group to the Pro Bowl each year, including Marvin Harrison (2002-2006) and Reggie Wayne (2006-2009). Christensen also helped develop Austin Collie, who was named to The Sporting News, Pro Football Weekly and Pro Football Writers All-Rookie teams in 2009. Two of the players Christensen coached, Harrison and Wayne, currently rank first and second in team history in numerous career receiving categories including receptions, receiving yards, touchdowns and 100-yard receiving games. Under Christensen’s watch Harrison set franchise single-season records for receptions (143 in 2002), most games with at least 10 receptions (six in 2002), receiving yards (1,722 in 2002), 100-yard receiving games (10 in 2002) and touchdown receptions (15 in 2004).
Christensen spent six seasons in Tampa Bay, working with the tight ends from 1996-1998 and quarterbacks from 1999-2000, before being named offensive coordinator in 2001. As offensive coordinator, he helped wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson set a franchise-best 106 receptions while quarterback Brad Johnson registered a franchise-best 340 completions. While in Tampa Bay, the Buccaneers made four playoff appearances.
Before joining the Buccaneers, Christensen spent two seasons (1994-1995) as co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Clemson. From 1992-1993, he served as quarterbacks coach at Maryland, helping put together offenses that ranked in the top five nationally in both seasons with the Terrapins.
In 1991, Christensen served as running backs coach at South Carolina. He was receivers/tight ends coach at Holy Cross in 1989, and was promoted to offensive coordinator in 1990.
From 1986-1988, Christensen was the offensive coordinator, running backs coach and quarterbacks coach at East Carolina while taking charge of recruiting at the school. He oversaw quarterbacks and running backs at Temple from 1983-1985, after serving as a quarterbacks and receivers coach at East Tennessee State from 1980-1982. Christensen began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Mississippi in 1979.
Christensen was an All-America quarterback at Fresno City Junior College in 1975, before transferring to North Carolina (1977-1978), leading the Tar Heels to Peach and Liberty Bowl bids. Christensen holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial relations from North Carolina.
Christensen was born in Los Angeles. He and his wife, Debbie, have three daughters, Rachel, Rebecca and Ruth.