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George Yarno
Offensive Line Coach


Now in his 24th year of coaching and seventh in the NFL, George Yarno joined the Jaguars coaching staff as offensive line coach on January 24, 2013.

Now in his 24th year of coaching and seventh in the NFL, George Yarno joined the Jaguars coaching staff as offensive line coach on January 24, 2013. 

In his first year with the Jaguars, Yarno oversaw the development of the second overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft, offensive tackle Luke Joeckel, who started the first five games before injuring his ankle in Week 5 at St. Louis. Yarno coached nine different starters on the offensive line during the 2013 season. Center Brad Meester and guard Uche Nwaneri both started all 16 games for the Jaguars, while tackles Cameron Bradield (11 starts at left tackle) and Austin Pasztor (12 starts at right tackle) also started 10-plus games.

Yarno spent four seasons (2009-12) as the offensive line coach with the Detroit Lions.  During his tenure with the Lions, the club attempted the most passes in the NFL (2,624), ranked ninth in total offense (360.7) and 11th in sacks allowed (135).  In each of the last three seasons, the Lions ranked in the top 10 in the NFL in sacks-per-pass-play percentage. 

The Lions allowed the ninth-fewest sacks (29) in the NFL in 2012 and posted a 3.8 sacks-per-pass-play percentage which was third-best in NFL and lowest by the Lions since 1960 despite leading the league with 740 passing attempts.  The Lions ranked third in NFL total offense (408.8). On 702 pass plays in 2011 (most in the NFL), the Lions allowed 36 sacks for a sacks-per-pass-play percentage of 5.1 which was 10th-best in the NFL.  In 2010, Detroit finished with a sacks-per-pass play percentage of 4.09.

Prior to joining the Lions, Yarno spent the 2008 season as the assistant offensive line coach with Tampa Bay where he worked on the same staff with Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley. From 2003-07, Yarno worked at his alma mater, Washington State, in his second stint as the school’s offensive line coach. During the 2003 season, he guided All-Pac-10 selections Josh Parrish and Calvin Armstrong to become 2003 Holiday Bowl champions.  Yarno began his coaching career with the Cougars from 1991-94.

Yarno served as an offensive line coach at both Louisiana State (2001-02), helping the team win an SEC title in 2001, and at Arizona State (2000). He also served as an assistant head coach/offensive line coach at Houston (1998-99) and as an offensive coordinator/offensive line coach at Idaho (1995-97).

Yarno, 56, was a two-time All-Pac 10 conference selection as a defensive lineman at Washington State from 1975-79.  He signed as a rookie free agent with Tampa Bay in 1979 where he played for five seasons.  He later joined the Denver Gold of the USFL from 1984-85 before returning to the Buccaneers for two seasons (1985-87).  He concluded his career with Atlanta (1988), Houston (1989) and Green Bay (1990).

Yarno and his wife, Cindy, have three children, Josh, Adrianne and George.

COACHING BACKGROUND: Washington State 1991-94, 2003-07, Idaho 1995-97, Houston 1998-99, Arizona State 2000, Louisiana State 2001-02, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2008, Detroit Lions 2009-12, Jacksonville Jaguars 2013-14.

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