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John Matsko
Running Game Coordinator
College:
Kent State
Experience:
26

Bio

COACHING
John Matsko was promoted to running game coordinator in 2016 after five seasons of excellent work with the Panthers' offensive line. Since Matsko's first season in 2011, Carolina ranks third in the NFL in rushing yards, including 30 consecutive regular season games with at least 100 rushing yards from Week 6 of 2014 to Week 3 of 2016, the longest streak in the NFL since Pittsburgh tallied 43 from 1974-77.

In 2016, Matsko's line was beset by injuries. Left tackle Michael Oher missed 13 games and center Ryan Kalil missed eight. Only one player, left guard Andrew Norwell, played the same position the entire season. Nevertheless, the group came together and helped the Panthers finish 10th in the NFL in rushing. Right guard Trai Turner, who moved to right tackle for three games because of injuries, earned his second consecutive Pro Bowl selection.

Under Matsko's guidance in 2015, the offensive line played a prominent role for the NFL's top-scoring offense and second-best rushing offense, helping the Panthers win the NFC Championship and advance to Super Bowl 50. Kalil was named to the Pro Bowl for the fifth time and added All-Pro recognition, and Turner earned his first career Pro Bowl selection.

In 2014, Matsko stabilized a line that played much of the season with four starters who entered the NFL as undrafted rookies but still helped the Panthers finish seventh in the league in rushing and win the NFC South for the second consecutive year. Carolina fielded a different starting offensive line for seven consecutive games beginning in Week 6 before settling on a lineup that featured two rookies in guards Norwell and Turner.

In 2013, Matsko's unit featured five different starting combinations, and only two players - Kalil and tackle Jordan Gross - started all 16 games for a 12-4 team. Kalil was named first-team All-Pro and was selected to the Pro Bowl, while Gross also earned Pro Bowl honors.

In 2012, despite losing Kalil after five games and starting eight different combinations, the line helped Carolina total 5,771 yards, the third-highest mark in team history.

In his first season as the Panthers' offensive line coach in 2011, Matsko led a unit that helped Carolina rush for 2,408 yards, the third most in team history. The Panthers set team records with an average of 5.41 yards per carry and 139 rushing first downs and became the first team in NFL history to feature three 700-yard rushers. Kalil was named to the Pro Bowl and earned second-team All-Pro honors.

From 2008-10, Matsko helped the Baltimore Ravens rank in the top five in the NFL in rushing twice. He mentored Oher to the NFL all-rookie team in 2009, and in 2008 the team yielded only 33 sacks, the second fewest in team history.

Prior to joining Baltimore, Matsko served as offensive line coach of the Kansas City Chiefs from 2006-07. In 2006, the offensive line helped the Chiefs rank ninth in the NFL in rushing and compile a team-record 11 100-yard rushing games. Under Matsko's guidance, guards Will Shields and Brian Waters earned Pro Bowl recognition.

From 1999-2005, Matsko served as the offensive line coach for the St. Louis Rams. The Rams led the league in total offense for three consecutive years from 1999-2001, including a record 5,232 yards in 2000, and won Super Bowl XXXIV. He played an instrumental role in the development of two Pro Bowlers - tackle Orlando Pace and guard Adam Timmerman.

Matsko began his NFL coaching career as offensive line coach of the Phoenix Cardinals in 1992 and served in that capacity for two seasons. In 1993, the line opened holes for the Cardinals to have their first 1,000-yard rusher since 1985. He then moved to New Orleans in 1994 and coached three seasons with the Saints. Under Matsko's tutelage, tackle Willie Roaf made three Pro Bowls, and the Saints rated third in the league for fewest sacks allowed in 1996.

Following his stint with New Orleans, Matsko assumed the same role from 1997-98 with the New York Giants, where they improved both their pass protection and run blocking. The Giants allowed 24 fewer sacks and jumped from 19th to seventh in the NFL in rushing in 1997 compared to 1996.

Before entering the NFL coaching ranks, Matsko spent 17 years on the college level. He worked as a graduate assistant at Miami (Ohio) from 1974-75 and returned as offensive line coach in 1977 after being the head coach at Danbury High School in Lakeside-Marblehead, Ohio, in 1976. Matsko served as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at North Carolina from 1978-84 prior to stops as offensive line coach at Navy in 1985 and Arizona in 1986. He joined Southern California as offensive line coach in 1987 and was promoted to offensive coordinator in 1989 for his final three seasons with the Trojans.

PLAYING AND PERSONAL
Matsko played fullback at Kent State and lettered three years from 1970-72. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in business education in 1973 and later earned a master's degree in education from Miami (Ohio) in 1976.

HISTORY
Fullback: Kent State 1970-72. College coach: Miami (Ohio) 1974-75, 1977, North Carolina 1978-84, Navy 1985, Arizona 1986, Southern California 1987-91. Pro coach: Phoenix Cardinals 1992-93, New Orleans Saints 1994-96, New York Giants 1997-98, St. Louis Rams 1999-2005, Kansas City Chiefs 2006-07, Baltimore Ravens 2008-10, joined Panthers in 2011.

COACHING
John Matsko was promoted to running game coordinator in 2016 after five seasons of excellent work with the Panthers' offensive line. Since Matsko's first season in 2011, Carolina ranks third in the NFL in rushing yards, including 30 consecutive regular season games with at least 100 rushing yards from Week 6 of 2014 to Week 3 of 2016, the longest streak in the NFL since Pittsburgh tallied 43 from 1974-77.

In 2016, Matsko's line was beset by injuries. Left tackle Michael Oher missed 13 games and center Ryan Kalil missed eight. Only one player, left guard Andrew Norwell, played the same position the entire season. Nevertheless, the group came together and helped the Panthers finish 10th in the NFL in rushing. Right guard Trai Turner, who moved to right tackle for three games because of injuries, earned his second consecutive Pro Bowl selection.

Under Matsko's guidance in 2015, the offensive line played a prominent role for the NFL's top-scoring offense and second-best rushing offense, helping the Panthers win the NFC Championship and advance to Super Bowl 50. Kalil was named to the Pro Bowl for the fifth time and added All-Pro recognition, and Turner earned his first career Pro Bowl selection.

In 2014, Matsko stabilized a line that played much of the season with four starters who entered the NFL as undrafted rookies but still helped the Panthers finish seventh in the league in rushing and win the NFC South for the second consecutive year. Carolina fielded a different starting offensive line for seven consecutive games beginning in Week 6 before settling on a lineup that featured two rookies in guards Norwell and Turner.

In 2013, Matsko's unit featured five different starting combinations, and only two players - Kalil and tackle Jordan Gross - started all 16 games for a 12-4 team. Kalil was named first-team All-Pro and was selected to the Pro Bowl, while Gross also earned Pro Bowl honors.

In 2012, despite losing Kalil after five games and starting eight different combinations, the line helped Carolina total 5,771 yards, the third-highest mark in team history.

In his first season as the Panthers' offensive line coach in 2011, Matsko led a unit that helped Carolina rush for 2,408 yards, the third most in team history. The Panthers set team records with an average of 5.41 yards per carry and 139 rushing first downs and became the first team in NFL history to feature three 700-yard rushers. Kalil was named to the Pro Bowl and earned second-team All-Pro honors.

From 2008-10, Matsko helped the Baltimore Ravens rank in the top five in the NFL in rushing twice. He mentored Oher to the NFL all-rookie team in 2009, and in 2008 the team yielded only 33 sacks, the second fewest in team history.

Prior to joining Baltimore, Matsko served as offensive line coach of the Kansas City Chiefs from 2006-07. In 2006, the offensive line helped the Chiefs rank ninth in the NFL in rushing and compile a team-record 11 100-yard rushing games. Under Matsko's guidance, guards Will Shields and Brian Waters earned Pro Bowl recognition.

From 1999-2005, Matsko served as the offensive line coach for the St. Louis Rams. The Rams led the league in total offense for three consecutive years from 1999-2001, including a record 5,232 yards in 2000, and won Super Bowl XXXIV. He played an instrumental role in the development of two Pro Bowlers - tackle Orlando Pace and guard Adam Timmerman.

Matsko began his NFL coaching career as offensive line coach of the Phoenix Cardinals in 1992 and served in that capacity for two seasons. In 1993, the line opened holes for the Cardinals to have their first 1,000-yard rusher since 1985. He then moved to New Orleans in 1994 and coached three seasons with the Saints. Under Matsko's tutelage, tackle Willie Roaf made three Pro Bowls, and the Saints rated third in the league for fewest sacks allowed in 1996.

Following his stint with New Orleans, Matsko assumed the same role from 1997-98 with the New York Giants, where they improved both their pass protection and run blocking. The Giants allowed 24 fewer sacks and jumped from 19th to seventh in the NFL in rushing in 1997 compared to 1996.

Before entering the NFL coaching ranks, Matsko spent 17 years on the college level. He worked as a graduate assistant at Miami (Ohio) from 1974-75 and returned as offensive line coach in 1977 after being the head coach at Danbury High School in Lakeside-Marblehead, Ohio, in 1976. Matsko served as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at North Carolina from 1978-84 prior to stops as offensive line coach at Navy in 1985 and Arizona in 1986. He joined Southern California as offensive line coach in 1987 and was promoted to offensive coordinator in 1989 for his final three seasons with the Trojans.

PLAYING AND PERSONAL
Matsko played fullback at Kent State and lettered three years from 1970-72. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in business education in 1973 and later earned a master's degree in education from Miami (Ohio) in 1976.

HISTORY
Fullback: Kent State 1970-72. College coach: Miami (Ohio) 1974-75, 1977, North Carolina 1978-84, Navy 1985, Arizona 1986, Southern California 1987-91. Pro coach: Phoenix Cardinals 1992-93, New Orleans Saints 1994-96, New York Giants 1997-98, St. Louis Rams 1999-2005, Kansas City Chiefs 2006-07, Baltimore Ravens 2008-10, joined Panthers in 2011.