An American football formation chart with the offense (in orange) and defense (in light blue)

An offensive coordinator is a member of the coaching staff of an American football or Canadian football team who is in charge of the team's offense. Generally, along with the defensive coordinator and the special teams coordinator, this coach represents the second level of coaching structure after the head coach.

The offensive coordinator is in charge of the team's offensive game plan, and typically calls offensive plays during the game, although some offensive-minded head coaches also handle play calling.[1] Several position coaches work under the offensive coordinator, including quarterback, wide receiver, offensive line, running back, and tight end coaches.

Unlike most position coaches in football, who are usually on the sidelines during games, offensive coordinators have the option of operating from the press box instead of being on the sideline.

From 2009 to 2019, nearly 40% of head coaches hired in the NFL had previously been offensive coordinators. [2]

See also


  1. ^ "Coaching Staff in American Football". dummies. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  2. ^ Baker, Kendall (Jan 16, 2020). "The failure of the NFL's Rooney Rule". AXIOS. Retrieved 17 April 2020.