Tim Berbenich enters his second season with the Oakland Raiders, having 16 years of NFL experience. Berbenich joined the Raiders in 2018 after spending five seasons with the Indianapolis Colts.
During his first season in Oakland, Berbenich worked closely with the offense in his role as quality control – offense coach. With Berbenich’s assistance, QB Derek Carr passed for a career-high 4,049 yards, while also achieving career bests in completion percentage (68.9), passes completed (381) 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). Cook’s 896 receiving yards rank fifth on the Raiders all-time list among tight ends.
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, Berbenich worked closely with second-year QB Jacoby Brissett, of whom 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, Berbenich assisted in two Pro Bowl selections in S Mike Adams and CB Vontae Davis, both of whom 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, 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 current Raiders 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.
Prior to joining the Buccaneers, Berbenich broke into the NFL coaching ranks with the New York Jets as 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 (nine) and Drew (six).