Coaches

Clyde Christensen
Quarterbacks Coach
College:
North Carolina
Hometown:
Covina, CA
Experience:
19

Clyde Christensen enters his 12th season with the Indianapolis Colts and his second as the team’s quarterbacks coach. Christensen has also served as the team’s offensive coordinator (2010-11), assistant head coach/wide receivers (2008-09) and wide receivers coach (2002-07). During his tenure in Indianapolis, the Colts have made 10 trips to the playoffs (2002-2010, 2012), won seven division championships (2003-07, 2009-2010), made two Super Bowl appearances (2006 and 2009) and collected one Super Bowl Championship (2006).

 

Last season, Christensen was responsible for overseeing No. 1 overall draft selection, quarterback Andrew Luck, as well as backups Drew Stanton and Chandler Harnish. Christensen guided Luck to one of the most successful rookie campaigns in franchise and league history. He completed 339-of-627 passes for 4,374 yards, 23 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. Luck’s passing yards, attempts and 300-yard passing games (six) were the most by an NFL rookie in league history. His completions were the second-most followed by his touchdowns, which ranked third. Luck also broke the NFL single-game rookie record for passing yards (433) in the team’s Week 9 victory against Miami. With an 11-5 record, he led the Colts to the most wins by a No. 1 overall draft pick during his rookie season. Luck also became one-of-five quarterbacks since 1966 to win 10-or-more games in his rookie campaign. He set a new Colts record for the most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in a single season with five, while ranking second among AFC quarterbacks in rushing yards (255). Luck was named to the NFL Pro Bowl following his rookie campaign. He earned AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors (Week 9), while earning PEPSI MAX NFL Rookie of the Week accolades on three occasions and FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week honors in Week 9.

 

As offensive coordinator 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, 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 (2002-06) and Reggie Wayne (2006-09). 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 1996-98 and quarterbacks from 1999-2000, before being named offensive coordinator in 2001. As offensive coordinator, he helped wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson record a franchise-best 106 receptions while quarterback Brad Johnson registered a franchise-high 340 completions. During his time in Tampa Bay, the Buccaneers made four playoff appearances.

 

Before joining the Buccaneers, Christensen spent two seasons (1994-95) as co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Clemson. From 1992-93, he served as quarterbacks coach at Maryland, helping put together offenses that ranked in the top five nationally in both of his seasons with the Terrapins.

 

In 1991, Christensen served as running backs coach at South Carolina. He was the receivers/tight ends coach at Holy Cross in 1989, and was promoted to offensive coordinator in 1990.

 

From 1986-88, 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 wide receivers at Temple from 1983-85 after serving in a similar role at East Tennessee State from 1980-82. 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 (1977-78) and 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.

 

Coaching Career

1979                Mississippi                               Graduate Assistant

1980-1982       East Tennessee State Quarterbacks/Wide Receivers

1983-1985       Temple                                    Quarterbacks/Wide Receivers

1986-1988       East Carolina                          Offensive Coordinator/Running                                                                                                           Backs/Quarterbacks

1989                Holy Cross                              Receivers/Tight Ends

1990                Holy Cross                              Offensive Coordinator

1991                South Carolina                        Running Backs

1992-1993       Maryland                                 Quarterbacks

1994-1995       Clemson                                  Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

1996-1998       Tampa Bay Buccaneers          Tight Ends

1999-2000       Tampa Bay Buccaneers          Quarterbacks

2001                Tampa Bay Buccaneers          Offensive Coordinator

2002-2007       Indianapolis Colts                    Wide Receivers

2008-2009       Indianapolis Colts                    Assistant Head Coach/Wide Receivers

2010-2011       Indianapolis Colts                    Offensive Coordinator

2012-2013       Indianapolis Colts                    Quarterbacks

Clyde Christensen enters his 12th season with the Indianapolis Colts and his second as the team’s quarterbacks coach. Christensen has also served as the team’s offensive coordinator (2010-11), assistant head coach/wide receivers (2008-09) and wide receivers coach (2002-07). During his tenure in Indianapolis, the Colts have made 10 trips to the playoffs (2002-2010, 2012), won seven division championships (2003-07, 2009-2010), made two Super Bowl appearances (2006 and 2009) and collected one Super Bowl Championship (2006).

 

Last season, Christensen was responsible for overseeing No. 1 overall draft selection, quarterback Andrew Luck, as well as backups Drew Stanton and Chandler Harnish. Christensen guided Luck to one of the most successful rookie campaigns in franchise and league history. He completed 339-of-627 passes for 4,374 yards, 23 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. Luck’s passing yards, attempts and 300-yard passing games (six) were the most by an NFL rookie in league history. His completions were the second-most followed by his touchdowns, which ranked third. Luck also broke the NFL single-game rookie record for passing yards (433) in the team’s Week 9 victory against Miami. With an 11-5 record, he led the Colts to the most wins by a No. 1 overall draft pick during his rookie season. Luck also became one-of-five quarterbacks since 1966 to win 10-or-more games in his rookie campaign. He set a new Colts record for the most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in a single season with five, while ranking second among AFC quarterbacks in rushing yards (255). Luck was named to the NFL Pro Bowl following his rookie campaign. He earned AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors (Week 9), while earning PEPSI MAX NFL Rookie of the Week accolades on three occasions and FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week honors in Week 9.

 

As offensive coordinator 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, 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 (2002-06) and Reggie Wayne (2006-09). 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 1996-98 and quarterbacks from 1999-2000, before being named offensive coordinator in 2001. As offensive coordinator, he helped wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson record a franchise-best 106 receptions while quarterback Brad Johnson registered a franchise-high 340 completions. During his time in Tampa Bay, the Buccaneers made four playoff appearances.

 

Before joining the Buccaneers, Christensen spent two seasons (1994-95) as co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Clemson. From 1992-93, he served as quarterbacks coach at Maryland, helping put together offenses that ranked in the top five nationally in both of his seasons with the Terrapins.

 

In 1991, Christensen served as running backs coach at South Carolina. He was the receivers/tight ends coach at Holy Cross in 1989, and was promoted to offensive coordinator in 1990.

 

From 1986-88, 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 wide receivers at Temple from 1983-85 after serving in a similar role at East Tennessee State from 1980-82. 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 (1977-78) and 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.

 

Coaching Career

1979                Mississippi                               Graduate Assistant

1980-1982       East Tennessee State Quarterbacks/Wide Receivers

1983-1985       Temple                                    Quarterbacks/Wide Receivers

1986-1988       East Carolina                          Offensive Coordinator/Running                                                                                                           Backs/Quarterbacks

1989                Holy Cross                              Receivers/Tight Ends

1990                Holy Cross                              Offensive Coordinator

1991                South Carolina                        Running Backs

1992-1993       Maryland                                 Quarterbacks

1994-1995       Clemson                                  Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

1996-1998       Tampa Bay Buccaneers          Tight Ends

1999-2000       Tampa Bay Buccaneers          Quarterbacks

2001                Tampa Bay Buccaneers          Offensive Coordinator

2002-2007       Indianapolis Colts                    Wide Receivers

2008-2009       Indianapolis Colts                    Assistant Head Coach/Wide Receivers

2010-2011       Indianapolis Colts                    Offensive Coordinator

2012-2013       Indianapolis Colts                    Quarterbacks