clyde christensen
Director of Football and Player Development, Miami Dolphis

clyde-christensen image Clyde Christensen is in his third season with the Miami Dolphins and first as director of football and player development. He joined the organization as offensive coordinator in 2016.

Christensen came to Miami after spending 14 seasons (2002-15) with the Indianapolis Colts. In his first season with the Dolphins in 2016, he helped the team its most successful campaign since 2008, winning 10 games and earning a playoff berth. The Dolphins won nine of their final 11 games. During that span, Miami was third in the NFL in rushing (132.9 yards per game) and allowed just 13 sacks, tied for third-best in the league.

During Christensen’s 14 years in Indianapolis, the Colts set a league record with seven consecutive seasons of 12-plus wins. He worked closely with quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck, serving as quarterbacks coach (2012-15) and offensive coordinator (2010-11). He also held worked with the Colts’ wide receivers from 2002-09, added assistant head coach responsibilities in 2008 and helped the Colts win Super Bowl XLI at the end of the 2006 season.

Prior to Indianapolis, Christensen spent six seasons (1996-2001) on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers staff. He served as tight ends coach (1996-98), quarterbacks coach (1999-2000) and was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2001, where he helped the Buccaneers reach the NFC playoffs after a 9-7 regular-season finish.

Christensen entered the NFL following 17 years of coaching at the collegiate level. He made stops at Clemson (1994-95), Maryland (1992-93), South Carolina (1991), Holy Cross (1989-90), East Carolina (1986-88), Temple (1983-85), East Tennessee State (1980-82) and Mississippi (1979)..

Christensen was an All-America quarterback at Fresno City Junior College in 1975 and finished his playing career at the University of North Carolina (1977-78). There, he helped the Tar Heels earn Peach and Liberty Bowl bids during his career.

A Covina, California native, Christensen earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial relations from North Carolina. He and his wife, Debbie, have three daughters, Rachel, Rebecca and Ruth.

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