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Bill Muir biography

Date of birth : 1942-10-26
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Nationality : American
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2010-09-17
Credited as : Former football player NFL, offensive line coach for the Kansas Chiefs, Super Bowl/NFL Draft player

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William "Bill" Muir (born October 26, 1942 in Pittsburgh) is currently a member of the Kansas City Chiefs coaching staff where he coaches the offensive line. Muir is also the former offensive coordinator for the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers. As a member of head coach Jon Gruden's staff, he specialized in coaching the offensive line. He was fired from the Buccaneers along with five fellow assistant coaches on January 18, 2009. His firing followed that of Gruden and General Manager Bruce Allen. He was defensive coordinator of the Indianapolis Colts from 1989-1990.

Muir's Career

Owning 45 years of coaching expertise, Bill Muir enters his 33rd season as an NFL coach in 2010. He enters his second season coaching the Chiefs offensive line. Respected across the league, Muir came to Kansas City after spending seven seasons as offensive coordinator/offensive line coach with Tampa Bay (2002-08). Muir possesses NFL experience as both an offensive and defensive coordinator, as well as a background in the personnel arena.

In his first season with the Chiefs, Muir’s offensive line showed dramatic improvement in the second half of the season. The Chiefs averaged 142.6 rushing yards per game over the final eight games of the season as RB Jamaal Charles ran for 968 yards to rank second in the league in rushing over that eight-game span.

During his tenure in Tampa Bay, Muir was part of a staff that helped guide the Buccaneers to a victory in Super Bowl XXXVII in 2002. Thanks to his offensive units, the Buccaneers also claimed NFC South crowns in both 2005 and 2007. Recognized for consistently developing some of the NFL’s best offensive fronts, Muir’s blocking unit paved the way for RB Cadillac Williams, who earned NFL Rookie of the Year honors in 2005.

Muir spent seven seasons as the offensive line coach with the N.Y. Jets (’95-01), where he began his association with Chiefs General Manager Scott Pioli and Head Coach Todd Haley. Under his jurisdiction in 2000, the Jets allowed 20.0 sacks, tying for the lowest total in the NFL.

RB Curtis Martin posted four 1,000-yard seasons during Muir’s tenure in New York, including a team-record 1,513 yards in 2001 as Martin earned his fourth Pro Bowl nod. The Jets were fourth in the NFL in rushing in 2001, averaging 128.4 rushing ypg, the club’s best ranking since ’91.

Muir spent three campaigns as the offensive line coach for Philadelphia (’92-94). Thanks to his offensive front, the Eagles ranked ninth in the NFL, averaging 110.1 rushing ypg in ’94. He joined the Eagles after a three-year stint with Indianapolis (’89-91). He served two seasons as the Colts defensive coordinator before assuming the post of assistant head coach/offensive line coach in ’91. Muir spent four seasons as the offensive line coach for Detroit (’85-88) after serving in the same capacity with New England (’82-84).

The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native began his first tour of duty in Tampa Bay as a member of the personnel department. He worked as a scout in ’78 before serving as a pro scout from ’79-81. The Buccaneers advanced to the postseason in ’79 and ’81, including a berth in the ’79 NFC Championship Game, a remarkable feat for a franchise that began play just four seasons earlier in ’76.

Prior to entering the NFL ranks, Muir spent two seasons coaching the offensive line at SMU (’76-77). He served in the same capacity with the World Football League’s Houston/Shreveport Steamers (’74-75). Muir enjoyed a stint as defensive coordinator at Idaho State (’72-73), in addition to coaching the defensive line and working as defensive coordinator at Rhode Island (’70-71).

From ’68-69, Muir was the offensive line coach of the Orlando Panthers of the fledgling Continental Football League that fielded teams from ’65-69. Muir was part of an Orlando staff that won the ’68 league title game. Muir’s first two coaching assignments were coaching the offensive and defensive lines at Delaware Valley (’66-67) and Susquehanna (’65). A standout tackle at Susquehanna from ’62-64, Muir was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in ’90 after being named to the school’s “Top 100” players of all-time.

Education: ­Susquehanna University (B.A. ’65). Born: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Family: Wife - Barbara; Children - Keelan and Brady. The Muirs have five grandchildren.

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