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Marty Mornhinweg (born March 29, 1962 in Edmond, Oklahomamarker) is currently the offensive coordinator with the Philadelphia Eagles, having joined the Eagles in 2003 as the assistant head coach. He was named offensive coordinator on January 6, 2006, after the Eagles previous offensive coordinator Brad Childress was hired as the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings.


Playing career

Mornhingweg played for four years as a starter, at quarterback, the University of Montanamarker, where he set 15 passing records.

Mornhinweg became the backup quarterback for the Denver Dynamite in the Arena Football League in 1987. In that backup role, he completed 3 of 4 passes for 30 yards and was sacked twice. His team, however, went on to win the inaugural ArenaBowl I with a 45-16 victory over the Pittsburgh Gladiators - a team that featured current University of Arizonamarker Head Coach Mike Stoops. He had a career-ending knee injury playing for that team.

Coaching career

College

In 1985, Mornhingweg was the coach for receivers at the University of Montana. Then, between 1988 and 1994, he was a coach at Northern Arizona (running backs), SE Missouri State (offense), Missouri (tight ends and the offensive line), and again at Northern Arizona (offense).

Professional

In 1995 and 1996, Mornhingweg was a coach with the Green Bay Packers, first as an offensive assistant, then as the quarterbacks coach. From 1997 to 2000 he was with the San Francisco 49ers, as offensive coordinator.

During the 2001–2002 seasons, Mornhinweg was the head coach of the Detroit Lions, where he compiled a 5-27 record.

The most notable moment in Mornhinweg's coaching history was his decision, coaching Detroit, to kick after winning an overtime coin toss. Mornhinweg felt that having the wind in his favor was more important for his Lions to win the game against the Chicago Bears, despite having as his kicker Jason Hanson, who hit a then-NCAA record 62-yard field goal in his college days at Washington State Universitymarker. He elected to kick and on the Bears opening drive, Chicago scored a field goal. Mornhinweg's Lions went on to become 3-13 after that game, and prompted fed-up Lions fans to refer to the coach as "Marty Moron-weg". This decision was the runner up for the Terry Award to Dwayne Rudd's premature helmet toss celebration that cost his Cleveland Browns a victory.

Mornhinweg masterminded the Eagles offense in the final six games of the 2006 season, and into the NFC Playoffs. Coach Andy Reid gave Mornhinweg the play calling responsibilities after the Eagles' disastrous loss to the Indianapolis Colts, 45-21. The Eagles won all six games, employing a more balanced run/pass attack. The wins included an unprecedented three consecutive December divisional road games, all with a back-up QB, Jeff Garcia. It was the only time Reid yielded play calling responsibilities, a role Mornhinweg continued through the 2007 season.

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