9th Year in NFL/1st year with BillsMetzelaars is entering his first season with the Bills and ninth overall in the National Football League.
9th year in the NFL
1st year with the Bills
Metzelaars is entering his first season with the Bills and ninth overall in the National Football League.
Metzelaars spent the last eight seasons with the Indianapolis Colts and held the titles of offensive line, assistant offensive line and offense quality control coach. In 2010, the offensive line tied for the NFL-low with 16 sacks in 695 pass attempts. The one sack allowed per 43.4 attempts ranked as the 2nd-best mark in club history, just behind 47.2 in 2009. The line had four different starting configurations. While under Metzelaars, center Jeff Saturday earned his fifth Pro Bowl bid.
In 2009, the offensive line surrendered an NFL-low 13 sacks in 614 pass attempts. The one sack per 47.2 attempts broke the previous club mark of one every 42.8. The line had five different starting groups. In 2008, the line had only two 16-game performers, yet only allowed 14 sacks, 4th-fewest in the NFL.
Prior to his start with the Colts, Metzelaars served as the assistant offensive coach at Wingate University and the offensive coordinator at Charlotte Christian School from 1998-2002. He served with Barcelona of NFL Europe in 2003 and interned with the Colts at their 2003 training camp under Tom Moore and Howard Mudd.
Metzelaars was drafted in 1982 in the third round (82nd overall) by the Seattle Seahawks and played 16 seasons in the NFL. He finished his career with 383 receptions for 3,686 yards and 29 touchdowns while participating in 235 career games, the most ever by an NFL tight end (at the time of his retirement). He played in 169 consecutive games from 1984-1995. He was an all-rookie choice with Seattle. While playing for the Bills, he appeared in Super Bowls XXV, XXVI, XXVII and XXVIII and was a three-time Pro Bowl alternate while also being named to Buffalo’s 50th Anniversary team in 2009.
He was a standout football and basketball player at Wabash College from 1978-82. While there, he obtained a bachelor’s degree in economics. Metzelaars is a member of the Wabash Athletic Hall of Fame and in 2011 he was inducted into the Academic All-American Hall of Fame.
Metzelaars and his wife, Barbara, have two sons: Anthony and Jonathan.
2012- Buffalo Bills Tight Ends
2004-11 Indianapolis Colts Offensive Line (2010-11), Asst. Off. Line (2008-09),
Offensive Quality Control (2004-2007)
2003 Wingate University Offensive Assistant
NFL PLAYING CAREER
Detroit Lions 1996-97
Carolina Panthers 1995
Buffalo Bills 1985-1994
Seattle Seahawks 1982-84