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Chris Foerster is in his second season of his second stint with the Miami Dolphins. He was promoted to run game coordinator/offensive line coach on Feb. 10, 2017 after he was originally named offensive line coach on Jan. 12, 2016.
Chris Foerster is in his second season of his second stint with the Miami Dolphins. He was promoted to run game coordinator/offensive line coach on Feb. 10, 2017 after he was originally named offensive line coach on Jan. 12, 2016.

Foerster’s offensive line was critical to Miami’s four-win turnaround from 2015 to 2016. After starting the season 1-4, the Dolphins won nine of their final 11 games to earn a playoff berth and their first winning season since 2008. During those 11 games, the team’s offensive line was outstanding, helping the Dolphins rank No. 3 in the NFL with 132.9 rushing yards per game and tied for third with just 13 sacks allowed.

Miami’s offensive line accomplished this despite several injuries to some of their best players. Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey and Pro Bowl left tackle Branden Albert combined to play just 17 games, while first-round pick Laremy Tunsil missed two contests. Tunsil became the first Dolphins lineman in team history to start at least one game at guard and tackle in his rookie season.

The unit helped pave the way for running back Jay Ajayi to have one of the best seasons in Dolphins history. Ajayi totaled 1,272 rushing yards, third-best in team history, and rushed for 200-plus-yards in three different games, becoming just the fourth NFL player to do so in a single season. Ajayi rushed for 1,085 yards more than he did in 2015, the largest year-to-year improvement in the NFL in 2016.

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill also benefitted from Foerster’s offensive line. Tannehill set career highs in quarterback rating (93.5), yards per attempt (7.7) and completion percentage (67.1). The protection also held up for longer developing plays, as Tannehill tied for the NFL lead by posting seven different games with a completion of at least 50 yards.

Throughout his lengthy coaching career, Foerster has mentored six players that were selected to 15 Pro Bowls – center Jeff Christy (2000), center Tony Mayberry (1996-99), guard Randall McDaniel (1993, 1995, 2000), tackle Jonathan Ogden (2005-07), tackle Joe Staley (2015) and tackle Trent Williams (2012-14).

In his lone season in San Francisco (2015), Foerster helped an offensive line battle through adversity and pave the way for the 18th-ranked rushing attack in the NFL. The 49ers had lost the franchise’s all-time leading rusher, Frank Gore in the offseason and had so many injuries at the running back position that no tailback played more than eight games the entire season.

Foerster came to San Francisco after spending five seasons (2010-14) as the offensive line coach for the Washington Redskins. There, his unit helped running back Alfred Morris top 1,000 yards in each of his first three NFL seasons. Throughout his five-year tenure in Washington, the Redskins ranked No. 4 in the NFL in yards per carry (4.54).

During the 2012-13 seasons, Foerster’s offensive line helped the Redskins rush for a league-leading 4,873 yards during that span. They were one of just two teams to average at least five yards per carry (5.01) over the two years.

The 2013 season saw Washington rank No. 5 in the league in rushing yards (2,164). It was the first time the Redskins had rushed for more than 2,000 yards in consecutive seasons since 2005-06.

In 2012, Washington rushed for a team-record 2,709 yards and led the NFL in rushing for the first time since 1933. Morris set the franchise’s new single-season record with 1,613 rushing yards, despite being a rookie. The offensive line also protected rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, who earned NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors as he helped lead the Redskins to their first NFC East title since 1999.

Under Foerster, tackle Trent Williams earned three straight Pro Bowl selections (2012-14), the first three of his career.

Prior to Washington, Foerster worked for the 49ers (2008-09) and the Baltimore Ravens (2005-07), where he oversaw the offensive line for each team. In Baltimore, he also held assistant head coach responsibilities. In 2006, the Ravens set team records for fewest sacks allowed (17) and wins (13), as they won the AFC North and earned a bye in the playoffs.

Foerster was the Dolphins’ offensive coordinator in 2004. He also held coaching positions with the Indianapolis Colts (2002-03), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1996-2001), Minnesota Vikings (1993-95), University of Minnesota (1992), Stanford (1988-91) and his alma mater, Colorado State (1982-87).

Foerster played center at Colorado State, beginning his career as a walk-on before earning a scholarship as a sophomore. His last name is pronounced FURR-stir.

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