|Date of birth:||April 9, 1951|
|Place of birth:||Rochester, New York|
|NFL Draft:||1974 / Round: 5 / Pick 105|
|1974-1977||San Diego Chargers|
|Playing stats at|
John Teerlinck is widely regarded as the greatest defensive line coach of all time, with 27 years of NFL experience. Teerlinck has coached 32 playoff games, including six Championship games and four Superbowls. Teerlinck earned three Superbowls rings with two teams (Denver Broncos 1998, 1999 and Indianapolis Colts 2006).
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 NFL Hall of Fame. In 2010, Teerlinck became only the 9th assistant coach selected to present John Randle at the Hall of Fame Induction.
With four different teams, John 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 ( Chris Doleman, Kevin Greene, John Randle, Bubba Baker, Neil Smith, Dwight Freeney, and Robert Mathis) to reach 100 career sacks, the ultimate benchmark for a defensive lineman.
While in college 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.
- 1978-1979 Eastern Illinois University (DC)
- 1980-1982 University of Illinois (Assistant)
- 1989-1990 Cleveland Browns (DL)
- 1991 Los Angeles Rams (DL)
- 1992-1994 Minnesota Vikings (DL)
- 1995-1996 Detroit Lions (DL)
- 1997-2001 Denver Broncos (DL)
- 2002-Present Indianapolis Colts (DL)
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.
Teerlinck and his wife, Sue, have five children, Ann, Bill, Mark, Molly and Mary Jane.
- Reiss, Mike (February 3, 2007). "Colts Coach Teerlinck Defends Reputation". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2008-07-14.
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