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John Benton

Coaching Record

Years Coached Record Win % Playoff record Playoff win %
16 115-141-0 44.92% 5-4 55.56%


John Benton is a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) and has been the offensive line coach for the San Francisco 49ers since 2017. During this time period, the 49ers compiled a 23-25-0 record.

Playing Career


Colorado State University

John Benton played his college football at Colorado State University from 1983-1986, starting and lettering all four seasons with the school. At the end of his Junior and Senior seasons, he was named an honorable mention to the all-conference team. In addition, he was named to the academic all-conference team in 1986. In 1992 Benton was named to the school's all-century team (celebrating the first 100 years of football at Colorado State).

Coaching Career


Colorado State University

At the conclusion of his playing career, his former head coach Leon Fuller hired him as a graduate assistant. Benton held that position from 1987-1989.

California University (PA)

In 1990, Benton was hired to his first full-time coaching position. Hired by California University of Pennsylvania as their Offensive Line Coach and Recruiting Coordinator, he remained with the school through the 1994 season.

Return to Colorado State

In 1995, Benton returned to his alma-mater under head coach Sonny Lubick as the team's new offensive line coach. During his second coaching stint with the team, Lubick led the team to heights not seen before with the school. In 2000, Benton added the duties of Co-Offensive Coordinator (a position he shared with former teammate Dan Hammerschmidt to his role of offensive line coach. From 1995 until he left in 2003, the Rams seven bowl games (prior to 1995 the team had been to three total). The team also had two seasons finished in the top-20 of the AP and Coaches poll.


St. Louis Rams

At the conclusion of the 2003 season, Benton began his NFL career when he was hired by the Los Angeles Rams and head coach Mike Martz as the team's new assistant offensive line coach. The next season Benton was promoted to offensive line coach. The team struggled in 2005 as Martz was fired during the season. Despite the team's struggles, Benton's offensive line paved the way for running back Stephen Jackson's first career 1,000 yard rushing season.

Houston Texans

In 2006, Benton was hired by the Houston Texans' new head coach Gary Kubiak. Benton's first season with the Texans was marred with injuries on the offensive line as the team used eight different starting lineups. Despite the injuries, the offensive line played much better in 2006 than the previous season. With a healthy line, 2007 reduced the number of sacks even more.

Throughout Benton's tenure with the team, the Texan's won their first playoff game in franchise history in 2011 after the team's first 10-win season (team's first season was 2002).

Miami Dolphins

In 2014 Benton was originally hired by the Miami Dolphins as their assistant offensive line coach but was promoted to offensive line coach in March of 2014. His coaching helped guard Mike Pouncey make his second straight Pro Bowl and become the first Dolphins player to make the Pro Bowl at two different positions (Center and Guard). Running back Lamar Miller also broke the 1,000 yard barrier for the first time in his career in 2014. The team struggled in 2015 as head coach Joe Philbin, offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, and defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle were all fired during the season.


Year Position Record Playoff record
2019 Offensive Line Coach 13-3-0 2-1
2018 Offensive Line Coach 4-12-0 0-0
2017 Offensive Line Coach 6-10-0 0-0
2016 Assistant Offensive Line Coach 3-13-0 0-0
2015 Offensive Line Coach 6-10-0 0-0
2014 Offensive Line Coach 8-8-0 0-0
2013 Offensive Line Coach 2-14-0 0-0
2012 Offensive Line Coach 12-4-0 1-1
2011 Offensive Line Coach 10-6-0 1-1
2010 Offensive Line Coach 6-10-0 0-0
2009 Offensive Line Coach 9-7-0 0-0
2008 Offensive Line Coach 8-8-0 0-0
2007 Offensive Line Coach 8-8-0 0-0
2006 Offensive Line Coach 6-10-0 0-0
2005 Offensive Line Coach 6-10-0 0-0
2004 Offensive Line Coach 8-8-0 1-1

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