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Coaches

Pat Flaherty
Offensive Line Coach

Biography

Pat Flaherty was hired as the offensive line coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars on Jan. 14, 2017 after a one-year stint in the same role in San Francisco. A veteran of more than 35 years of coaching, Flaherty brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Jaguars staff.

Pat Flaherty was hired as the offensive line coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars on Jan. 14, 2017 after a one-year stint in the same role in San Francisco. A veteran of more than 35 years of coaching, Flaherty brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Jaguars staff.

Under Flaherty’s mentorship, the 49ers posted 126.2 rushing yards per game, the fourth-highest mark in the NFL, while RB Carlos Hyde set a career high and ranked in the top-15 in rushing yards (988) in 2016.

Flaherty spent the previous 12 years (2004-15) in charge of the offensive line with the New York Giants. During his tenure in New York, the Giants offense ranked among the top 10 in the NFL in six of the past eight seasons and had at least two linemen selected to the Pro Bowl in three of those seasons. The Giants had a 1,000-yard rusher in seven of the 12 seasons in which Flaherty coached the offensive line, with RB Tiki Barber registering the three best rush- ing seasons in franchise history (2004-06). Behind Flaherty’s offensive line, QB Eli Manning started 183 consecutive games and registered ve seasons with 4,000-or-more passing yards.

In 2015, the offensive line paved the way as the Giants averaged 372.0 yards per game, which ranked eighth in the NFL. New York totaled 5,952 net yards during the 2015 season, the third highest mark for a single season in franchise history. Behind an offensive line that allowed only 27 sacks, tied for the fourth fewest sacks in the league, Manning set the franchise record for single-season completions (387), while ranking second in team history in passing yards (4,432) and passing touchdowns (35). Flaherty oversaw the development of rst round pick T Ereck Flowers, who started all 15 games in which he appeared.

In 2014, Flaherty’s offensive line helped New York gain an average of 367.2 yards per game, a 59.7 yards-per-game improvement over their 2013 average of 307.5. The Giants totaled 5,875 net yards in 2014, the fiffth-highest total in franchise history. With the line providing consistent protection, Eli Manning set the franchise record for completion percentage (63.1) and the then single-season team record for completions (379). Three of the seven Giants who started all 16 games in 2014 were offensive linemen; LT Will Beatty, C J.D. Walton and RG John Jerry. Flaherty guided the development of G Weston Richburg, a second-round draft choice, who started 15 games at left guard his rookie season.

In 2013, Flaherty had to constantly restructure the line due to injuries. The Giants used seven different starting offensive line combinations, the second-highest total in the NFL. T Justin Pugh, the team’s first-round draft choice, started all 16 games at right tackle and became the first Giants rookie to start an entire 16-game season since DT Barry Corfield in 2006.

In 2012, the offensive line allowed an NFL-low 20 sacks as the Giants scored 429 points, the second-highest total in franchise history. With G Chris Snee, C David Baas and G Kevin Boothe starting 16 games, the New York rushing attack averaged 4.5 yards per carry, which ranked seventh in the NFL. Snee was selected to his fourth Pro Bowl. He was also selected to the Pro Bowl in 2008, 2009 and 2010 under Flaherty’s guidance.

The 2011 season was one of change for the offensive line as longtime stalwarts G Rich Seubert and C Shaun O’Hara retired in the offseason. Despite having to start five different offensive line units, Flaherty’s group helped the Giants win Super Bowl XLVI and set franchise records with 6,161 total yards and 4,734 net passing yards. With the line allowing the seventh fewest sacks (28) in the NFL, the Giants finished fifth in the league in passing yards.

In 2010, Snee and O’Hara were each selected to the Pro Bowl for the third consecutive year. With the line playing at a high level, the Giants ranked fth in the NFL with an average of 380.3 yards per game. The team gained 6,085 total yards, the rst 6,000-yard season in franchise history. The Giants were one of only two teams with a pair of running backs who rushed for 800-or-more yards apiece in RB Ahmad Bradshaw (1,235 yards) and fiRB Brandon Jacobs (823). New York tied the Indianapolis Colts by allowing an NFL-low 16 sacks in 2010, the fewest sacks allowed by a Giants team since sacks became an of cial statistic in 1982. The Giants did not allow a sack in a franchise-record ve consecutive games (Week 9 [11/7/10 at Sea.] – Week 13 [12/5/10 vs. Was.]) and in seven games overall. The line notched these marks despite a rash of injuries that forced Flaherty to start six different offensive line combinations during the year. O’Hara, Snee, Seubert, Diehl and T Kareem McKenzie were mainstays on the line from 2006-10 and started 38 consecutive regular season games from 2007-09 as a group, then the longest such streak by five linemen since the 1970 NFL merger.

In 2009, O’Hara, Snee and Diehl were all selected to the Pro Bowl, the first time the Giants had three players from the same position group play in the game since 1962. Behind the steady offensive line, the Giants averaged 25.1 points per game, ranking eighth in the NFL.

Snee and O’Hara were selected to the NFC Pro Bowl team as Giants rushed for NFL-best and franchise-record 2,518 yards with an average of 5.0 yards per carry in 2008. It was the first time since 1993 that the Giants led the NFL in rushing. Both Jacobs (1,089) and RB Derrick Ward (1,025) eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark, becoming just the fourth set of running back teammates to accomplish the feat in the same season in NFL history.

In 2007, the line was an important factor as the Giants won Super Bowl XLII and finished fourth in the NFL in rushing yardage (134.3 yards per game) and yards per carry (4.6).

In 2006, the Giants finished seventh in the NFL with an average of 134.8 rushing yards per game and ranked sixth with an average of 4.7 yards per carry. The offensive line allowed 25 sacks, which ranked tied for sixth in the NFL. Barber registered his third consecutive 1,000-yard season behind a Flaherty-coached offensive line with 1,662 yards, ranking fourth in the NFL and second most in team history.

The Giants’ average of 138.1 rushing yards per game in 2005 and ranked sixth in the league while Barber recorded a career-best and franchise-record 1,860 rushing yards. The offensive line allowed 28 sacks, tied for the seventh fewest allowed in the NFL.

In 2004, the Giants averaged 119.0 rushing yards per game and 4.5 yards per carry, far superior to the 97.4 and 4.0 averages the Giants posted in 2003, the year before Flaherty arrived. Barber nished fifth in the NFL with 1,518 rushing yards.

Prior to joining the Giants, Flaherty was the Chicago Bears tight ends coach for three seasons (2001-03). In 2003, TE Desmond Clark registered 44 receptions which ranked ninth in the NFL among all tight ends.

In 2000, Flaherty began his NFL coaching career as he spent one season as the tight ends coach for the Washington Redskins. Under Flaherty’s tutelage, TE Stephen Alexander registered a career-high 47 receptions for 510 yards and two touchdowns and was selected to the Pro Bowl.

Prior to joining the NFL, Flaherty spent 19 years coaching in the collegiate ranks. He began his collegiate coaching career as the offensive line coach at East Stroudsburg University, his alma mater, from 1980-81.

He and his wife, Lynne, have two children: Shawn and Colleen.

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