Coaches

George Yarno
Offensive Line

Biography

George Yarno enters his fourth season as Detroit’s offensive line coach. Prior to joining the Lions’ coaching staff, Yarno spent the 2008 season as the assistant offensive line coach with Tampa Bay after spending 17 years at the college level working with the offensive line.

George Yarno enters his fourth season as Detroit’s offensive line coach. Prior to joining the Lions’ coaching staff, Yarno spent the 2008 season as the assistant offensive line coach with Tampa Bay after spending 17 years at the college level working with the offensive line.

LIONS COACHING HIGHLIGHTS: Detroit’s offensive line continues to be one of the top pass protecting lines in the NFL for an offense that has passed more than any other team the past three seasons (1,884 pass attempts).

  • On 702 pass plays in 2011 (most in the NFL), Detroit allowed 36 sacks for a sacks-per-pass-play percentage of 5.1 (10th best in the NFL).
  • Over the past two seasons, Detroit has allowed 63 sacks (10th best in the NFL) while having the second most pass attempts (1,299) in the NFL. Their sacks-per-pass-play percentage during that span is 4.6 (7th best in the NFL).
  • In 2010, Detroit finished with a sacks-per-pass play percentage of 4.09, which was the third-lowest sacks per pass play percentage allowed by the Lions since 1960.

From 2003-07, Yarno worked at his alma mater, Washington State, in his second stint as the school's offensive line coach. During the 2003 season, he guided All-Pac-10 selections Josh Parrish (first team) and Calvin Armstrong (honorable mention) to become 2003 Holiday Bowl champions. Yarno began his coaching career with the Cougars from 1991-94.

Over the course of his 17-year college coaching career, Yarno served as an offensive line coach at both LSU (2001-02), helping the team win an SEC title (2001) and at Arizona State (2000). Yarno also served as an assistant head coach/offensive line coach at Houston (1998-99) and as an offensive coordinator/offensive line coach at Idaho (1995-97).

Prior to coaching, Yarno was a two-time Pack-10 conference honoree as a defensive lineman at Washington State (1975-79). In1979 he signed as a free agent with Tampa Bay where he played for five years (1979-1983). Yarno later joined the Denver Gold of the upstart USFL (1984-85) before returning to the Buccaneers (1985-87). Yarno finished out his NFL playing career with Atlanta (1988), Houston (1989) and Green Bay (1990).

Born August 12, 1957, Yarno and his wife, Cindy, have three children, Josh, Adrianne and George.




YARNO’S COACHING BACKGROUND

Detroit Lions 2009-present
• Offensive Line 2009-present

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2008
• Assistant Offensive Line 2008

Washington State 2003-07
• Offensive Line 2003-07

Louisiana State 2001-02
• Offensive Line 2001-02

Arizona State 2000
• Offensive Line 2000

Houston 1998-99
• Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line 1998-99

Idaho 1995-97
• Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line 1995-97

Washington State 1991-94
• Offensive Line 1991-94

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  • George Yarno mic'd up

    (1:09:10) By NFL.com - Posted Jan 28, 2010

    Lions O-line coach George Yarno is wired for sound during Nort practice for the 2010 UnderArmour Senior Bowl.

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