KEITH CARTER begins his first year with the New York Jets after being hired as the offensive line coach/run game coordinator in January 2023.
Carter brings 10 years of NFL coaching experience to the Jets and joins the team after spending the last five seasons as the offensive line coach for the Tennessee Titans.
"Continually in his time at Tennessee, even with Derrick Henry out, they were still able to spit out top 10 run games, been very effective in the red zone, running the football, getting the ball past the goal line and all that good stuff. Hard-nosed, hard-charging football coach that we're really excited to get." – Head Coach Robert Saleh.
Since 2018, Carter has helped the Titans averaging 139.9 rushing yards per game, the second best in the League. Additionally, in his five years with Tennessee, their 11,471 rushing yards ranked second, while their 4.67 yards per rush was the fourth best in the NFL. They ranked in the top 10 in four of five seasons and never averaged fewer than 125 yards per game in any season.
This past season, Carter's line helped block for running back Derrick Henry, who recorded the second most rushing yards (1,538) and rushing touchdowns (13) in the NFL. Under him, the Titans recorded a 90.3 run grade that season, according to Pro Football Focus, the sixth best in the League.
In 2021, Carter saw an offense that finished fifth in rushing, averaging 141.4 rushing yards per game and helped left guard Rodger Saffold III received his first career Pro Bowl selection.
During the 2020 season, Carter's line helped blocked for the NFL's second-ranked rushing offense (168.1 yards per game), while their 25 sacks allowed was the sixth best in the League. The unit helped Henry lead the NFL in rushing (2,027 yards) for the second consecutive year and record the fifth highest single season rushing total in NFL history.
The Titans offense finished third in the NFL in rushing in 2019, with Henry leading the League in rushing yards (1,540). Additionally, his line helped block for quarterback Ryan Tannehill who completed 70.3% of his passes that season, the third best in the NFL and recorded a League-high 117.5 passer rating on the year.
During Carter's first year with the team (2018), the Titans offense ranked seventh in rushing (126.4 yards per game), with Henry finishing second in the AFC with 1,059 rushing yards and third in the NFL with 12 rushing touchdowns. With Carter's guidance, left tackle Taylor Lewan was named to the Pro Bowl.
Prior to his role in Tennessee, Carter spent three seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, serving as their assistant offensive line coach (2015-16) before being promoted to the team's running backs coach (2017). Part of a coaching staff (2016) who helped the Falcons reach Super Bowl LI, their offensive line helped quarterback Matt Ryan receive NFL MVP recognition and paved the way for the fifth-best rushing team in the League that season (120.5 yards per game).
Carter spent time at San Jose State (2014), where the team ran for 1,696 yards and 11 touchdowns, while averaging 141.3 rushing yards per game.
From 2012-13, Carter served on the Seattle Seahawks (2012-13) staff as the offensive quality control coach and was a part of the team's Super Bowl XLVIII Championship.
Prior to his time in the NFL, Carter coached at the collegiate level at the University of San Diego, University of Redlands, Wagner College and his alma-mater, UCLA. Carter played tight end and fullback at UCLA (2001-04) and is the grandson of Hall of Fame defensive end Gino Marchetti, who played for the Baltimore Colts for 13 seasons.
A native of Downingtown, Pennsylvania, Carter and his wife, Kristin have two daughters, Kayla and Kamryn.