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Scott Linehan
Scott Linehan,
while with the St. Louis Rams.
Date of birth September 17, 1963 (1963-09-17) (age 46)
Place of birth Sunnyside, Washington
Position(s) Head Coach
Offensive Coordinator
Quarterbacks Coach
Wide Receivers Coach
College Idaho
Regular season 11-25-0 (.306)
Postseason 0-0
Career record 11-25-0 (.306)
Coaching stats Pro Football Reference
Team(s) as a player
1983-86 Idaho
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
Sunset High School - OC
Idaho - WR [1 ]
UNLV - QB[1 ]
Idaho - OC/QB
Washington - WR
Washington - OC/WR
Washington - OC/QB
Louisville - OC/QB
Minnesota NFL - OC/WR
Miami - NFL - OC
St. Louis - NFL - Head Coach
Detroit - NFL - OC

Scott Thomas Linehan (born September 17, 1963) is an American football coach, currently the offensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions of the NFL. He was previously the head coach of the St. Louis Rams, and also served as the offensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins in 2005 and the Minnesota Vikings for three seasons (200204).




Early life

Scott Linehan was born and raised in Sunnyside, Washington, a town of 14,000 about three hours southeast of Seattle that bills itself as the "Asparagus Capital of the Northwest." He graduated from Sunnyside High School in 1982, and accepted an athletic scholarship to play college football at the University of Idaho, two hundred miles (320 km) to the east.[2]

Playing career

Linehan was a quarterback for the Vandals under head coaches Dennis Erickson (1982–85) and Keith Gilbertson. He redshirted in 1982, was the back-up to senior QB Ken Hobart in 1983, and became the starter in 1984 as a redshirt sophomore. In 1985, Linehan led Idaho to the Big Sky title and consecutive I-AA playoff appearances in 1985 and 1986. His career passing yardage for the Vandals was over 7000 yards. Not selected in the 1987 NFL Draft, he signed a rookie free agent contract with the Dallas Cowboys in 1987, but a shoulder injury quickly ended his playing career when he was cut at the start of his rookie training camp.[1 ]

Coaching career

Linehan began his coaching career as a volunteer coach at Sunset High School in Portland in 1987. At this time he was also helping a friend with his business, selling class rings for Jostens.

His college coaching career began in 1989 as the wide receivers coach at his alma mater. He subsequently coached in the college ranks at UNLV, Idaho, Washington, and Louisville. He took his first NFL job as the offensive coordinator/ wide receivers coach with the Minnesota Vikings in 2002. He served in a similar capacity with the Miami Dolphins in 2005 before being hired as head coach by the St. Louis Rams on January 19, 2006.[3]

His tenure as Rams head coach was marked by disputes (on and off the field) with star players such as Steven Jackson, Torry Holt, and, most notoriously, quarterback Marc Bulger, whom he benched for his final game as head coach. Linehan was fired after the fourth game of the 2008 season after an 11-25 record in his 36 games as head coach.

On January 9, 2009, Linehan interviewed with the San Francisco 49ers as a candidate for the open offensive coordinator position. A second interview with the 49ers was held on January 15, 2009.. He then declined the offer of the offensive coordinator position of the 49ers.

Linehan was announced as the offensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions on January 23, 2009, by new head coach Jim Schwartz.[1 ] In 2009 the Lions were off to a slow start, offensively, under Linehan scoring only 13 offensive touchdowns and averaging 291 yards of offense per game, both among the NFL lows.

Personal life

Linehan is the youngest of seven children of Bill and Margaret Linehan — he has three brothers and three sisters. His father was a high school principal after serving in World War II.

Scott and his wife of over 20 years, Kristen, have three sons: Matthew, Michael, and Marcus.
He is of Irish descent and is a devout Catholic.

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
STL 2006 8 8 0 .500 2nd in NFC West - - - -
STL 2007 3 13 0 .188 last in NFC West - - - -
STL 2008* 0 4 0 .000 last in NFC West (team finished 2-14) - - - -
STL Total 11 25 0 .306 - - - -
Total[4] 11 25 0 .306 - - - -

*Fired four games into 2008 season


  • Linehan credits Dennis Erickson, his coach at Idaho, as the "biggest influence" on Linehan's attack-style offensive philosophies.[5]
  • Fellow NFL head coach Tom Cable and ESPN analyst (and former NFL player) Mark Schlereth both blocked for Linehan during his playing days at Idaho.
  • Actor James Caviezel is Linehan's brother-in-law – Linehan's wife, Kristen, and Caviezel's wife, Kerri, are sisters.[6]

External links


  1. ^ a b c d Lions Name Scott Linehan as Offensive Coordinator, Detroit Lions press release, January 23, 2009 (retrieved January 23, 2009)
  2. ^
  3. ^ Scott Linehan bio, St. Louis Rams, (accessed online 2009-01-26)
  4. ^ Scott Linehan Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks -
  5. ^ Transcript of introductory press conference as Ram's head coach, St. Louis Rams, January 19, 2006 (accessed online 2008-01-26)
  6. ^ Biography for James Caviezel,, (accessed online 2009-01-26)
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jim Colletto
Detroit Lions Offensive Coordinators
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Joe Vitt
St. Louis Rams Head Coach
Succeeded by
Jim Haslett
Preceded by
Chris Foerster
Miami Dolphins Offensive Coordinators
Succeeded by
Mike Mularkey
Preceded by
Sherman Lewis
Minnesota Vikings Offensive Coordinators
Succeeded by
Steve Loney


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