Quarterbacks Coach, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Veteran NFL assistant John McNulty begins his fourth season with the Cardinals and first as quarterbacks coach after being named to the position on 2/8/12. He previously served as Arizona’s wide receivers coach for three seasons after being hired on 2/18/09. McNulty came to Arizona after working five seasons at Rutgers, coaching the last three seasons as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks after originally joining the staff as the wide receivers coach in 2004. McNulty has previously worked in the NFL with the Jacksonville Jaguars (1998-2002) and Dallas Cowboys (2003).
While coaching receivers, McNulty’s top pupil, Larry Fitzgerald, had another standout season in 2011 as he earned his sixth Pro Bowl selection (fifth consecutive) while also becoming the franchise leader in career receiving yards (9.615) receiving TDs (73), 100-yard games (32) and career TDs (73). He had 80 receptions for 1,411 yards and eight TD’s, averaging a career-best 17.6 yards per reception. With his 1,411 yards, he became just the fourth player (Randy Moss, Marvin Harrison, Jerry Rice) in NFL history with at least 1,400 receiving yards four times in their career. He also had his team record sixth 1,000-yard receiving season.
In 2010, Fitzgerald had 90 receptions for 1,137 yards and was selected to his fifth Pro Bowl. He became the franchise all-time receptions leader and also became the first player in NFL history to record 90+ receptions five times in their first seven seasons. Under McNulty’s guidance, Fitzgerald also had an NFL-high 13 receiving touchdowns in 2009 and became the first player in Cardinals history with three straight seasons of 10+ touchdown receptions (2007-09).
McNulty began his tenure at Rutgers in 2004 as the wide receivers coach before taking on the duties of assistant offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach in 2006. That same season, McNulty took over the play calling duties and the Scarlet Knights finished the season ranked 12th in the country with an 11-2 record. The following season, McNulty was promoted to offensive coordinator/quarterbacks and Rutgers set school records for total offense (5,841 yards), points scored (421) and first downs (295). They also became the first team in NCAA history to have a 3,000-yard passer (Mike Teel-3,147 yards), a 2,000-yard rusher (Ray Rice-2,069 yards), and two 1,000-yard receivers (Kenny Britt-1,232, Tiquan Underwood-1,100 yards). During McNulty’s five seasons at Rutgers, the Scarlet Knights posted a record of 38-24 and won three consecutive bowl games while he was in charge of play calling.
Prior to joining Rutgers, McNulty spent six seasons in the NFL, the first five in Jacksonville as an offensive quality control coach (1998-2000) and wide receivers coach (2000-02). In Jacksonville, McNulty worked with one of the NFL’s top receiving tandems in Jimmy Smith and Keenan McCardell. During the 2000-01 seasons, the pair combined for 390 receptions and 4,903 yards, while Smith earned All-Pro honors both years. In 2002, Smith had 80 receptions for 1,027 yards, his seventh consecutive 1,000-yard receiving season. McNulty helped Jacksonville to playoff appearances in 1998 (11-5 record) and in 1999 (14-2 record).
McNulty then spent the 2003 season with the Dallas Cowboys as the wide receivers coach as the Cowboys went 10-6 and earned a playoff berth.
Before making the jump to the NFL, McNulty spent three seasons (1995-97) at Connecticut working with wide receivers and special teams. At UConn, McNulty helped wide receiver Carl Bond earn Division I-AA All-America honors in 1997.
McNulty was a safety at Penn State (1988-90) and was a member of two Nittany Lion bowl teams. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant with the wide receivers at the University of Michigan in 1991. Michigan won two Big Ten titles and appeared in four bowl games including two Rose Bowl appearances during his time in Ann Arbor. In 1994, McNulty worked with standout wide receivers and future NFL players Amani Toomer and Mercury Hayes.
After attending Abington Heights High School (Clarks Summit, PA), McNulty received his bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Penn State in 1990. McNulty and his wife, Kim, have four daughters Abigail, Allison, Megan, and Kaitlyn.