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Larry Zierlein
Assistant Offensive Line
College:
Fort Hays State College
Hometown:
Lenora, KS
Experience:
13

Biography

Larry Zierlein (ZUR-line) enters his fifth season with the Cardinals and 13th in the NFL after he joined the team as assistant offensive line coach on 2/5/13. He previously coached in the NFL as the offensive line coach with Pittsburgh (2007-09), the assistant offensive line coach with Buffalo (2006) and the offensive line coach with Cleveland (2001-04).

Last season, RB David Johnson ran behind the Cardinals offensive line and set franchise records and led the NFL with 2,118 scrimmage yards (1,239 rushing, 879 receiving) and 20 TDs, including a team-record 16 rushing TDs. He was selected to his first Pro Bowl and was named first-team All-Pro. Arizona finished the 2016 season with 418 points, the fourth-best total in team history, while having the #9 ranked offense in the NFL. It is the second straight season the Cardinals had a top-10 offense.

Larry Zierlein (ZUR-line) enters his fifth season with the Cardinals and 13th in the NFL after he joined the team as assistant offensive line coach on 2/5/13. He previously coached in the NFL as the offensive line coach with Pittsburgh (2007-09), the assistant offensive line coach with Buffalo (2006) and the offensive line coach with Cleveland (2001-04).

Last season, RB David Johnson ran behind the Cardinals offensive line and set franchise records and led the NFL with 2,118 scrimmage yards (1,239 rushing, 879 receiving) and 20 TDs, including a team-record 16 rushing TDs. He was selected to his first Pro Bowl and was named first-team All-Pro. Arizona finished the 2016 season with 418 points, the fourth-best total in team history, while having the #9 ranked offense in the NFL. It is the second straight season the Cardinals had a top-10 offense.

In 2015, the Cardinals had the top ranked offense in the NFL and established single-season records for points (489), TDs (59), total net yards (6,533) and first downs (373). The offensive line helped lead the way for the NFL’s #8 ranked rushing attack (1,917 yards and 16 TDs) while allowing just 27 sacks, the fourth-fewest in the NFL in 2015. G Mike Iupati was selected to the Pro Bowl for the fourth time in his career in his first season in Arizona, becoming the first Cardinals offensive lineman since Lomas Brown in 1996 and the first guard since Bob Young in 1979 to be chosen for the Pro Bowl.

While in Pittsburgh, Zierlein helped the Steelers win Super Bowl XLIII after ranking third in the NFL in rushing with 2,168 yards in 2007. RB Willie Parker finished fourth in the league with 1,316 rushing yards that season, earning a Pro Bowl selection, while G Alan Faneca was selected to his seventh consecutive Pro Bowl. The Steelers had two 1,000-yard backs in three seasons with Zierlein in charge of the offensive line (Parker-1,316 yards in 2007 & Rashard Mendenhall-1,108 yards in 2009).

Prior to his one year in Buffalo, Zierlein helped Cleveland’s offense average 4.1 yards per rush and 104.4 rushing yards per game in 2003. During his stops in both Pittsburgh and Cleveland, Zierlein worked under then offensive coordinator Bruce Arians.

Zierlein, who has over 40 years of coaching experience at the high school, collegiate and professional level, spent four seasons as offensive line coach for the University of Cincinnati (1997-2000). He helped Cincinnati set a Conference USA rushing record with 215.5 yards per game in 1997, and his 1999 offensive line set a school record by allowing just eight sacks, the fewest in the nation that year, despite having four first-year starters.

He had two stints as the offensive line coach at Tulane (1995-96; 1988-90), spent two seasons at LSU (1993-94) and served as offensive line coach at the University of Houston (1978-86) for nine seasons. Zierlein also worked as co-offensive coordinator/offensive line coach for the New York/New Jersey Knights of the World League of American Football (WLAF) in 1991-92 and as an assistant coach for the Washington Commandos of the Arena Football League in 1987. He coached the offensive line with the Hartford Colonials in the United Football League in 2011 and the Sacramento Mountain Lions in 2012.

In addition to coaching, Zierlein also served in the United States Marine Corps from 1966-68, including a one-year tour of duty in Vietnam (1967).

A 1971 graduate of Fort Hays (KS) State College after playing defensive end, Zierlein began his coaching career at his alma mater as a graduate assistant/linebackers coach. After two years at Fort Hays State, he spent six years at the high school level, coaching at Abernathy (TX) High School (1972-74) and Lamar Consolidated (TX) High School (1975-77).

A native of Lenora, KS, Zierlein and his wife, Marcia have three children, sons Lance and Mike and daughter Nicci, nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren.  

Larry Zierlein Coaching Breakdown

Year              School/Team                                 Position

1970–71        Fort Hays State College                  Linebackers/Graduate Assistant

1972–74        Abernathy H.S.                               Head Coach/Assistant Coach

1975–77        Lamar Consolidated H.S.                 Offensive Line

1979–86        University of Houston                      Offensive Line

1987              Washington Commandos (Arena)    Assistant Coach

1988–90        Tulane                                            Offensive Line

1991–92        NY/NJ Knights (WLAF)                   Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line

1993–94        Louisiana State                               Offensive Line

1995–96        Tulane                                            Offensive Line

1997–2000     University of Cincinnati                   Offensive Line          

2001–04        Cleveland Browns                           Offensive Line          

2006              Buffalo Bills                                    Assistant Offensive Line

2007–09        Pittsburgh Steelers                         Offensive Line

2011              Hartford Colonials (UFL)                 Offensive Line

2012              Sacramento Mountain Lions (UFL)   Offensive Line                      

2013–            ARIZONA CARDINALS                  Assistant Offensive Line

Photos

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    S Tyrann Mathieu shakes hands with assistant special teams coach Anthony Blevins after breaking up a screen play
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    From left: WR Smokey Brown, WR Jeremy Ross and WR Jaron Brown
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    RB James Summers
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    QB Carson Palmer
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    CB Patrick Peterson dances before a play

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