John Benton, who spent the previous eight seasons with the Houston Texans as their offensive line coach, was hired today as Miami’s assistant offensive line coach. He will work closely with offensive line coach Jim Turner in developing the front five tasked with protecting third-year quarterback
From 2006-13, Benton was in charge with an offensive line in Houston that opened holes for Pro Bowl running back Arian Foster and gave Texans quarterback Matt Schaub the time to routinely find Pro Bowl wide receiver Andre Johnson and other targets in the passing game. Houston’s offense ranked in the top five for three consecutive seasons from 2008-10 and the line helped Foster lead the league in 2012 with 15 rushing touchdowns and 17 total while rushing for 1,424 yards.
Prior to joining the Texans, Benton held the same position with the St. Louis Rams in 2005 and was their assistant offensive line coach in 2004, which was his first season in the NFL. He spent 1995-2003 at Colorado State University, his alma mater, as their offensive line coach (1995-2000) and co-offensive coordinator/offensive line coach (2000-03). He got his start in coaching at the school as a graduate assistant from 1987-90 and then worked as offensive line coach/recruiting coordinator at California University in Pennsylvania from 1990-94.
Benton played at Colorado State from 1983-86 and earned honorable mention All-Western Athletic Conference honors as a junior and a senior for the Rams. He’s a native of Durango, Colorado and he and his wife, Nicole, have two daughters, Gabrielle and Paige.