Tim Berbenich enters his fourth season with the Silver and Black, bringing 18 years of NFL coaching experience to the post.
Last season, Berbenich saw QB Derek Carr produce one of his best seasons as a Raider, completing 348-of-517 pass attempts for a career-high 4,103 yards. Carr tossed 27 touchdowns to just nine interceptions for a career-high 101.4 passer rating, the second-highest passer rating re-corded in a single season in franchise annals. Berbenich also helped guide two first-time Pro Bowlers in RB Josh Jacobs and TE Darren Waller. Jacobs became the first rusher in franchise history to tally back-to-back seasons with at least 1,000 rushing yards to start his career, while Waller broke Hall of Famer WR Tim Brown's team record for most receptions in a single season with 107.
Under Berbenich's guidance, the Raiders offense produced one of the most successful campaigns in club history, ranking in the top-10 in nearly all major offensive categories, including points per game (27.1 – 10th), net yards per game (383.3 – eighth), passing yards per game (263.6 – seventh), sacks surrendered (28 – 10th) and third down percentage (46.0 percent – sixth). He also helped the offense record a 4,000-yard passer, 1,000-yard receiver and 1,000-yard rusher for the second consecutive season after becoming the first offense to do so in franchise history in 2019.
In 2019, Berbenich helped guide an offense that showed improvements in many major statistical categories from the 2018 season, including net yards (336.2 in 2018 to 363.7 in 2019), third down percentage (37.1 avg. to 43.8 avg.), touchdown passes (19 to 22), giveaways (24 to 17), points per game (18.1 avg. to 19.6 avg.), rushing yards per game (101.8 avg. to 118.3 avg.) and passing yards per game (234.4 avg. to 256.9 avg.).
Additionally, Berbenich helped oversee Carr, who in his sixth year in the NFL set career highs in passing yards (4,054) and passer rating (100.8), including a franchise-record 70.4 completion percentage. Berbenich also helped produce major offensive contributions from the 2019 rookie class who combined for a team-record 17 touchdowns, the most in the NFL among all rookie draft classes, highlighted by Jacobs, who became the first rookie in franchise history to surpass 1,000 rushing yards.
During his first season with the Raiders in 2018, Berbenich helped coach Carr to then-personal bests in passing yards (4,049), completion percentage (68.9 percent) and yards per attempt (7.3 avg.). Additionally, Carr set a franchise record with 332 consecutive pass attempts without an interception. Berbenich also saw TE Jared Cook earn his first Pro Bowl honor in 2018 after recording career highs in receiving yards (896), receptions (68) and touchdowns (six). In his five seasons with the Colts, Berbenich assisted in numerous roles on both the offense and defense, serving as the team's offensive assistant from 2013-14, defensive assistant in 2015 and offensive assistant/assistant quarterbacks coach in 2016-17. The team won two division titles (2013-14) in Berbenich's first two seasons as an offensive assistant, going 11-5 in back-to-back seasons.
In his last two seasons as offensive assistant/assistant quarterbacks coach (2016-17), Berbenich worked closely with second-year QB Jacoby Brissett, who started 15 games for the Colts in 2017. Brissett passed for over 3,000 yards in his first year as a starter and tied for sixth in the NFL for lowest pass interception percentage (1.5). In 2016, Berbenich helped QB Andrew Luck, as he set a career-high 63.5 completion percentage while also finishing in the top-10 in the NFL in passing yards (4,240, eighth) passing touchdowns (31, fifth) and passer rating (96.4, ninth).
In his one-year stint as a defensive assistant (2015), Berbenich assisted in two Pro Bowl selections in S Mike Adams and CB Vontae Davis, both who earned the honor for the second consecutive campaign. The Colts scored five defensive touchdowns under his tutelage, tied for the most in club history. In addition, the defense's five interceptions returned for a score tied for first in the NFL and their 17 picks total ranked sixth.
In his first two seasons as an offensive assistant with the Colts (2013-14), Berbenich helped guide an offense that ranked fifth in passing yards per game (269.3 avg.) and seventh in total offense (374.2 avg.) from 2013-14. The offense also ranked seventh with 89 touchdowns during that same time frame. In 2014, the club set a franchise record with 6,506 net yards and 4,894 net passing yards, while recording the second-highest point total (458) in the NFL that season. In 2013, the Colts amassed 1,743 total yards on the ground, the most by the club since 2006. The offense's 14 turnovers established a new franchise record, while the team also became the first club since 2002 to finish with the least amount of turnovers and penalties in a single season.
Before joining the Colts' staff, Berbenich served as an assistant wide receivers coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2009-11. In 2010, he mentored rookie WR Mike Williams to 65 receptions, 964 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns, marks that led the NFL among rookies with his 11 touchdowns tied for fourth league wide. Williams finished second in voting for the Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year.
In 2009, WR Antonio Bryant led the club's wide receivers with 600 yards and four touchdowns, both second overall on the team, while rookie seventh-round draft pick WR Sammie Stroughter enjoyed a successful first campaign and finished third on the team with 31 receptions. In 2008, Berbenich served as Tampa Bay's assistant running backs coach. That year, the team surpassed 1,800 rushing yards for the second consecutive season, with two players passing the 500-yard mark.
From 2006-07, Berbenich served as the team's offensive quality control coach under Head Coach Jon Gruden. He helped mentor an offense that saw WR Joey Galloway cross 1,000 yards and six touchdown receptions in consecutive seasons. On the ground, RB Earnest Graham had the best season of his career in 2007, totaling career highs in rushing yards (898) and touchdowns (10), while also adding 49 receptions for 324 yards.
Before joining the Buccaneers, Berbenich broke into the NFL coaching ranks with the New York Jets as an offensive assistant in 2003-04 and additionally as a quality control coach for the team in 2005. He helped coach the team to two postseason appearances (2002 and 2004) during his tenure with the team.
PERSONAL: Native of Huntington, N.Y. ...Before coaching, served in the New York Jets team operations department as an intern in 2000, before earning a full-time role in 2002 as an operations assistant...Attended Hamilton College, where he played wide receiver while also completing his degree in economics...Has a wife, Diane, and two sons, Jack (10) and Drew (seven).