Rob Boras enters his third season as the tight ends coach for the Rams. The 2014 campaign is his 11th year in the NFL.
Last season, Rams tight ends accounted for half of the team’s receiving touchdowns as Jared Cook (5), Lance Kendricks (4) and Cory Harkey (2) combined for 11 touchdown catches. Cook set a new Rams single-season record for receiving yards by a tight end (671), and Cook’s 141 yards in Week 1 are the most in a game by a tight end in Rams history. St. Louis tight ends also played a key role in a running game that helped Zac Stacy rush for the third-most yards by a rookie in team history (973).
Rams tight ends combined for 97 receptions, which was the second-highest total in franchise history at the position and fourth most by a team in the NFL last season. The 1,047 yards by Rams tight ends also set a new franchise record and ranked sixth in the league in 2013, and the 11 touchdowns by Cook, Kendricks and Harkey was the fourth most in the NFL and most in a season in franchise history.
Prior to joining the Rams, Boras spent two years in Jacksonville as the tight ends coach. Under Boras the Jaguars tight ends group had its best season in 2010, highlighted by Marcedes Lewis’ selection to his first Pro Bowl. Lewis turned in a career-high 58 receptions for 700 yards and a team-record-tying 10 TD catches. As a group, the tight ends caught 82 passes for 943 yards and 11 TDs, and the unit’s blocking was a factor in the Jaguars rush¬ing attack, which ranked third in the NFL.
Before joining the Jaguars, Boras spent six seasons (2004-09) with the Chicago Bears as tight ends coach. The Bears’ 2009 tight ends led the NFL in touchdown receptions with 13 (Greg Olsen 8, Kellen Davis 3, Desmond Clark 2). Olsen led the Bears in 2009 with 60 receptions for 612 yards and eight touchdowns, and he also led the team in touchdown receptions in 2008 with five.
In 2008, Olsen and Desmond Clark accounted for 95 recep¬tions, the most catches in a single season for a Bears tight end unit in team history. The 95 receptions were the fifth-most in the NFL among tight end units. In addition, the duo recorded 300-plus receiving yards for the second consecutive season, only the second tight end duo in franchise history to accom¬plish the feat.
Prior to his time in Chicago, Boras spent five seasons (1999-2003) at Nevada-Las Vegas under head coach John Robinson including three seasons as offensive coordinator. During his tenure with the Rebels the school ranked among the nation’s leaders in rushing offense, finishing 15th in 2002, 16th in 2001 and 13th in 2000. During a three-year span from 2000-02, the Rebels recorded 28 individual 100-yard rushing games in a 34-game stretch. Boras served as offensive line coach for five seasons and directed a group that allowed only 12 sacks in 2001 and paved the way for a 1,000-yard rusher in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1973-74.
A native of Glen Ellyn, Ill., Boras spent one season as head coach at NCAA Division III Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill. He also spent time at Texas (1994-97) in various capacities when the school earned trips to three bowl games and was Big 12 champion in 1996. He began as a graduate assistant with the Longhorns, working with the offensive line before serving as tight ends coach (1995). Boras also served as special assistant to the team (1996) and tight ends coach/special teams assistant (1997).
Boras played center at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. from 1988-91. He began his coaching career overseeing the offensive line at his alma mater following his graduation with a degree in political science in 1992. He later earned a master’s degree in sports management from Indiana State University. Boras and his wife, Amy, have three children, son Jackson and daughters Abigail and Ainsley.