John Teerlinck

John Teerlinck (born April 9, 1951) is a former American football player and coach.

John Teerlinck
No. 77
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1951-04-09) April 9, 1951 (age 68)
Rochester, New York
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:248 lb (112 kg)
Career information
College:Western Illinois
NFL Draft:1974 / Round: 5 / Pick: 105
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Player stats at PFR

Playing careerEdit

While in college at Western Illinois, he studied Fred Dryer and employed those moves in his play, "We used to get New York Giants games at Western and I'd watch No. 89, Fred Dryer, and copy his moves", Teerlinck said.[1]

Coaching careerEdit

Teerlinck coached 32 National Football League playoff games, including six Championship games and four Super Bowls. Teerlinck earned three Super Bowl rings with two teams (Denver Broncos 1997, 1998 and Indianapolis Colts 2006).

Regarded by some as the greatest defensive line coach of all time, Teerlinck established an NFL presence in the early 1990s. "John Teerlinck is kind of like Mr. Miyagi", John Randle said. "He's very unorthodox. A different breed. Rough around the edges. He tells you things that are funny, but they register if you just listen. That's why he's the guru."[2] He is the namesake of the John Teerlinck Award, given annually to the best defensive line coach in the NFL.[3]

As a pass-rush specialist, Teerlinck coached 31 Pro Bowl players including four defensive MVPs: Michael Dean Perry, Chris Doleman, John Randle, and Dwight Freeney. Both Doleman and Randle have been enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In 2010, Teerlinck became only the ninth assistant coach selected to present a player at a Hall of Fame Induction when he presented Randle.[4]

With four teams, Teerlinck either set the record or came in second in total sacks, historically (Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings, Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts).

In his tenure, Teerlinck coached seven players (Doleman, Kevin Greene, Randle, Bubba Baker, Neil Smith, Freeney and Robert Mathis) to 100 career sacks, the ultimate benchmark for a defensive lineman.


Teerlinck came under fire in 1996 amid allegations that he taught his players to aim for opposing quarterbacks' knees; the allegations were substantial enough that then-NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue summoned him to a meeting for a warning.[5]


  1. ^ Chicago
  2. ^ startribune
  3. ^ Mayer, Larry (March 7, 2019). "Rodgers named NFL d-line coach of year". Chicago Bears. Retrieved March 9, 2019.
  4. ^ stampedeblue
  5. ^ Reiss, Mike (February 3, 2007). "Colts Coach Teerlinck Defends Reputation". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2008-07-14.

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