Maurice Carthon

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Maurice Carthon
Personal information
Date of birth (1961-04-24) April 24, 1961 (age 54)
Place of birth Chicago, Illinois
Career information
Position(s) Running back
College Arkansas State
Playing stats Pro Football Reference
Playing stats DatabaseFootball
Team(s) as a player
1983-1985 New Jersey Generals (USFL)
1985–1991 New York Giants
1992 Indianapolis Colts
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
1994-1996 New England Patriots
(Running backs)
1997–2000 New York Jets
(Running backs)
2001–2002 Detroit Lions
(Offensive Coordinator)
2003–2004 Dallas Cowboys
(Offensive Coordinator)
2005–2006 Cleveland Browns
(Offensive Coordinator)
2007–2008 Arizona Cardinals
(Running backs)
2009–2012 Kansas City Chiefs
(Assistant Head Coach)

Maurice Carthon (born April 24, 1961) is a National Football League coach as well as a former professional football running back.

Carthon is currently an assistant head coach for the Kansas City Chiefs. Prior to his current assignment, he served two seasons as the running backs coach for the Arizona Cardinals, as well as the offensive coordinator for the NFL's Cleveland Browns (2005–06), an offensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys and running backs coach for several teams.

Maurice is the father of former Indianapolis Colts running back Ran Carthon.

High school[edit]

Carthon attended Osceola High School in Osceola, Arkansas and was a letterman in football and basketball. In football, he was a two-time All-Conference honoree where he played tight end. In basketball, he was named the state's Most Valuable Player as a senior.


Carthon attended Arkansas State University and was a star in football. In football, he was a two-time All-Southland Conference selection, and as a senior, he was the team's captain and led the team in rushing yards. He was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.

Professional career[edit]

Carthon started his pro football career with the USFL's New Jersey Generals. Over his three years with the Generals, he rushed for 2102 yards including 1042 in 1984. That same year his backfield mate, Herschel Walker rushed for 1339 yards. This was the third time in professional football that teammates had rushed for over 1000 yards each in the same season. (Csonka/Morris – 1972 and Harris/Blier – 1976). Subsequently, is was also achieved by Mack/Byner – 1985; Dun/Vick – 2006; Jacobs/Ward – 2008 and Stewart/Williams – 2009. In 1985, Carthon played a final season with the Generals, then went almost immediately to New York Giants training camp. From February to June, his USFL career consisted of 3 preseason games, 18 regular season games, and a final playoff on June 30, 1985. After reporting to the Giants in July, he played an additional 5 preseason games, 16 regular season games, and two playoff rounds, for a total of 45 contests in less than a year.

Carthon wore the number 44 in his career as a fullback with the New York Giants. He was considered a bruising back with superb blocking skills. Carthon was a very durable player, missing only one game out of 76 when he was with the Giants.

Carthon won two championship rings with the Giants in Super Bowl XXI and Super Bowl XXV. His best season was in 1986, when he finished as the team's second leading rusher with 260 yards, while also helping diminutive halfback Joe Morris rush for a then-franchise record 1,516 yards.

Carthon retired after the 1992 season with 950 career rushing yards, 90 receptions for 745 yards, and 3 touchdowns.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

Maurice Carthon resigned as Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator on October 24, 2006 after Cleveland managed only seven points against the Denver Broncos. Under Carthon, the Browns had managed a league-low 232 points in 2005 and had only scored 88 points through six games in 2006. Carthon was the third NFL offensive coordinator to be fired during the 2006 season.

In early 2008, reports surfaced about a potential reuniting of Carthon and old coach Bill Parcells in Miami. Carthon would not be a candidate for the Miami Dolphins head coaching vacancy, but rather a candidate for offensive coordinator.

Carthon been known as a "Parcells Guy", following his former coach from coaching place to place. He has coached under Parcells for the New England Patriots, the New York Jets and, most recently, the Dallas Cowboys.

On Feb 19, 2009 the Kansas City Chiefs announced that the club has added Carthon to head coach Todd Haley’s coaching staff. Carthon will serve as assistant head coach.


Sporting positions
Preceded by
Marty Mornhinweg
Detroit Lions Offensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Sherman Lewis
Preceded by
Bruce Coslet
Dallas Cowboys Offensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Sean Payton
Preceded by
Terry Robiskie
Cleveland Browns Offensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Jeff Davidson
Preceded by
Kirby Wilson
Arizona Cardinals Running Back Coach
Succeeded by
Curtis Modkins
Preceded by
Dick Curl
Kansas City Chiefs Assistant Head Coach
Succeeded by