18th Season in NFL (9 as a player)3rd Season with Raiders
Bernie Parmalee enters his third season with the Oakland Raiders as running backs coach after joining the team in 2015. In 2016, the Raiders’ rushing attack ranked near the top of the league, finishing sixth in the NFL in rushing yards per game (120.1) and Parmalee’s backfield amassed 20 total touchdowns. Veteran RB Latavius Murray led the ground game for the second year in a row, totaling 788 rushing yards on 195 carries with 12 touchdowns and earning a selection as a Pro Bowl alternate. Murray’s 12 rushing touchdowns were the most by a Raider since 1990. In his first season as the team’s primary fullback, FB/RB Jamize Olawale produced the two longest passing plays of the season for the Raiders. Parmalee proved instrumental in the development of rookie RBs Jalen Richard and DeAndré Washington in 2016, as both earned significant playing time throughout their rookie campaign. On the year, Richard totaled 83 rushes for 491 yards with one touchdown, and 29 receptions for 194 yards and two touchdowns. Washington finished the season totaling 87 rushes for 467 yards with two touchdowns and 17 receptions for 115 yards in 14 games.
During his first year in Oakland, Parmalee produced two Pro Bowlers out of the backfield in RB Latavius Murray and FB Marcel Reece. Parmalee guided Murray during his first season as the team’s primary rusher, as he recorded 1,066 rushing yards on 266 carries with six touchdowns, all career highs. Under Parmalee’s direction, Murray finished second in the AFC and sixth in the NFL while becoming the first Raider to eclipse 1,000 rushing yards since 2010. The third-year player also set career bests with 232 receiving yards and 41 catches, third most on the team. Parmalee also helped FB/RB Jamize Olawale emerge as an offensive weapon in 2015, setting career highs with 24 rushing attempts for 110 yards with one touchdown and nine receptions for 84 yards.
Parmalee served as the tight ends coach for three seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs from 2010-12. In his first season with Kansas City, he was instrumental in the development of TE Tony Moeaki, who caught 47 passes, the top mark by a rookie tight end in Chiefs history. Under his direction, Moeaki also finished with 556 receiving yards, trailing only TE Walter White (559) for the best total by a rookie tight end in club annals. In 2012, Moaeki finished second on the team with 453 receiving yards, behind only WR Dwayne Bowe.
Prior to joining the Chiefs, Parmalee spent five seasons with Notre Dame, serving as the tight ends coach. He also assisted with special teams during his first two seasons.
During his tenure with the Fighting Irish, Parmalee was instrumental in the development of three of the top tight ends in school history. Notre Dame was the only school to have two tight ends selected in the first two rounds of the NFL Draft from 2006-09. A second-round selection (38th overall) of Seattle in 2008, TE John Carlson registered 100 catches for 1,093 yards at Notre Dame. TE Anthony Fasano caught 92 passes for 1,102 yards for the Fighting Irish before being selected by Dallas in the second round (53rd overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft. TE Kyle Rudolph started all 13 contests as a freshman in 2008, becoming the first Notre Dame tight end to start every game as a freshman. He had 29 receptions, the most by a freshman in Notre Dame history, and was selected to the All-Freshman team by The Sporting News.
Parmalee spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the Miami Dolphins before joining Notre Dame. During his coaching tenure with the Dolphins, he served as the tight ends coach (2004), assistant special teams/offensive assistant (running backs, 2003) and assistant special teams coach (2002). Parmalee tutored a position group in 2004 that was led by TE Randy McMichael, who caught a team-high 73 passes for 791 yards with four touchdowns.
PERSONAL: Native of Jersey City, N.J. …Played nine seasons as a running back with the Miami Dolphins (1992-98) and the New York Jets (1999-2000)…Entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with Miami…Played in 134 games (26 starts), recording 567 rushes for 2,179 yards with 17 touchdowns and 168 receptions for 1,485 yards with three scores…Also registered 16 kickoff returns for 289 yards, as well as 123 special teams tackles…Played in seven career postseason contests (four starts)…Played running back at Ball State, finishing his collegiate career as the all-time leading rusher in school history, tallying 3,483 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns…Earned varsity letters in football and baseball as a prep standout at Lincoln High School in Jersey City, N.J. …He and his wife, Angela, have three children, Tre’, Nakia Marie and Torian.
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