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Breaking News: Colts Running Back Coach Tom Rathman Retires

NFL: OCT 18 Bengals at Colts Photo by MSA/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Indianapolis Colts today announced that running backs coach Tom Rathman is retiring after 23 years of coaching in the NFL.

Coach Rathman joined the Colts in 2018 when Frank Reich was hired by the team and has served as the teams running back coach for the last three seasons. In 2020 Rathman coached running back Jonathan Taylor to rush for 1,169 yards and 11 touchdowns. In 2019 Rathman helped coach the Colts to a top 10 rushing attack for the first time since 2001, the team rushed for over 2,000 yards and a league 7th ranked average 133.1 yards per game. In 2018 Rathman had two rookie running backs (Hines and Wilkins) and a second year running back in Marlon Mack. The three running backs in 2018 rushed for a combined 1,558 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Before coming to Indianapolis, Rathman served as the running backs coach for the San Francisco 49ers twice, first between 1997-2002 and then again between 2009-2016, Oakland Raiders between 2007-08 and Detroit Lions between 2003-05.

Rathman becomes the fifth coach departure this off-season and the fourth on the offensive side of the ball. This is huge off-season for the Colts as they will need to replace five coaches in addition to finding a new starting quarterback and left tackle.