Tim Berbenich enters his first season with the Oakland Raiders, bringing 15 years of experience in the NFL.
Tim Berbenich enters his first season with the Oakland Raiders, bringing 15 years of experience in the NFL. Berbenich joins the Raiders having spent the last five seasons with the Indianapolis Colts.
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, 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 established 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 Mike Adams and 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, 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 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 team 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 ER Mike Williams to 65 receptions, 964 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns, marks that all led the NFL among rookies. Williams’ 11 touchdown receptions also tied fourth league wide. For his exceptional first outing in the NFL, Williams finished second in voting for the Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year.
In 2009, Antonio Bryant led the club’s wide receiving group with 600 yards and four touchdowns, both second overall on the team, while rookie seventh-round draft pick Sammie Stroughter enjoyed a successful first campaign and finished third on the team with 31 receptions.
In 2008, served as the team’s assistant running backs coach. That year, the team rushed for over 1,800 yards for the second consecutive season, as Berbenich coached two players to over 500 rushing yards.
From 2006-07, Berbenich served as the team’s offensive quality control coach under Jon Gruden. He helped mentor an offense that saw 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 (eight) and Drew (five).