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Clyde Christensen is in his second season with the Miami Dolphins after he was named offensive coordinator on Jan. 20, 2016.
Clyde Christensen is in his second season with the Miami Dolphins after he was named offensive coordinator on Jan. 20, 2016.

In Christensen’s first season with the Dolphins, he helped the team to its most successful season since 2008, winning 10 games and earning a playoff berth. The team saw the emergence of running back Jay Ajayi, continued success by wide receiver Jarvis Landry and a career year for quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The Dolphins won nine of their final 11 games. During that span, Miami was third in the NFL in rushing (132.9 yards per game) and allowed just 13 sacks, tied for third-best in the league.

Ajayi took the league by storm, totaling 261 carries for 1,272 yards (4.9 avg.), the third-highest single-season rushing total in Dolphins history. Despite not starting until Week 5, Ajayi posted a 1,085-yard improvement from 2015, the largest year-to-year gain by an NFL player in 2016. Ajayi became the fourth player in NFL history to have at least three 200-yard rushing performances in the same season and two of them came in back-to-back games. In just the 2016 season alone, Ajayi posted three of the team’s top six single-game rushing efforts. He was also named to his first Pro Bowl.

Landry continued to have success in Miami’s new offense, catching 94 passes for 1,136 yards. His 94 receptions were fourth in single-season team history and his 1,136 receiving yards were eighth. He joined Ajayi as just the second tandem in Dolphins history to post a 1,000-yard rushing and 1,000-yard receiving season in the same year. Landry was also named to his second Pro Bowl.

Tannehill had the most efficient season in his five-year NFL career, completing 67.1 percent of his passes for 2,995 yards and 19 touchdowns. His 93.5 quarterback rating, 7.7 yards per attempt and 67.1 completion percentage were all career highs. Tannehill also was a threat down the field, completing at least one 50-yard pass in seven of the 13 games that he played, which tied for the NFL lead. Tannehill and quarterback Matt Moore led the NFL in highest red zone passer rating (min. six attempts), with Tannehill posting a 119.7 rating, while Moore was second at 118.8.

Prior to Miami, Christensen spent the previous 14 seasons (2002-15) with the Indianapolis Colts, where he was most recently the offensive coordinator (2010-11) and the quarterbacks coach (2012-15). During his tenure, the Colts set a league record with seven consecutive seasons of 12-plus wins.

In Indianapolis, Christensen worked closely with quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck. In his four seasons as quarterbacks coach, the Colts went 41-23 (.641), advanced to the playoffs three times and won the AFC South twice. From 2012-14, Luck recorded the most passing yards (12,957), the second-most passing touchdowns (86) and tied for the second-most regular season victories (33) by any NFL quarterback in his first three seasons.

In 2014, Luck set a single-season franchise record for passing yards (4,761) and led the NFL with 40 touchdown passes, earning his third-straight Pro Bowl selection and helping the Colts reach the AFC Championship game.

The Colts won the AFC South with an 11-5 mark in 2013. In the AFC Wild Card game against Kansas City, Luck totaled the second-most passing yards (443) in a single game in franchise postseason history. He earned his second-straight Pro Bowl nod.

Luck was drafted in 2012 and Christensen helped him achieve one of the most successful rookie seasons in NFL history. Luck passed for 4,374 yards on 627 attempts and posted six 300- yard passing games, all NFL rookie records. He was second among all-time league rookies in completions (339) and third in touchdown passes (23). He also broke the league’s single-game rookie record for passing yards (433) in Week 9 against Miami and earned Pro Bowl honors.

As offensive coordinator for the Colts (2010-11), Christensen helped Manning set an NFL record with 450 completions in 2010. Manning posted his 13th consecutive 25-plus touchdown season and 11th 4,000-plus yards passing season in 2010 and set then-career highs for completions (450), attempts (679) and yards (4,700). Those numbers were also single-season franchise records.

Christensen worked with the Colts’ wide receivers from 2002-09 and added assistant head coach responsibilities in 2008. The Colts had at least one wide out selected to the Pro Bowl in all eight seasons he worked with the unit. Wide receivers Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne played the majority of their NFL careers with Christensen as their position coach and currently rank No. 1 and No. 2 in team history in nearly every career receiving category, including receptions, receiving yards, touchdowns and 100-yard receiving games. Christensen also helped Indianapolis win Super Bowl XLI on Feb. 4, 2007.

Prior to Indianapolis, Christensen spent six seasons (1996-2001) on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers staff. He served as tight ends coach (1996-98), quarterbacks coach (1999-2000) and was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2001, where he helped the Buccaneers reach the NFC playoffs after a 9-7 regular-season finish. Under Christensen in 2001, wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson set the franchise record with 106 receptions and quarterback Brad Johnson set the club’s then single-season mark with 340 completions.

Christensen entered the NFL following 17 years of coaching at the collegiate level. He made stops at Clemson (1994-95), Maryland (1992-93), South Carolina (1991), Holy Cross (1989-90), East Carolina (1986-88), Temple (1983-85), East Tennessee State (1980-82) and Mississippi (1979). He was the co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Clemson and helped the Maryland offense rank in the top five nationally during his two seasons as the school’s quarterbacks coach.

Christensen was an All-America quarterback at Fresno City Junior College in 1975 and finished his playing career at the University of North Carolina (1977-78). There, he helped the Tar Heels earn Peach and Liberty Bowl bids during his career.

A Covina, California native, Christensen earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial relations from North Carolina. He and his wife, Debbie, have three daughters, Rachel, Rebecca and Ruth.

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