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Clancy Barone

Tight Ends

College: Sacramento State University

Hometown: San Andreas, CA


Clancy Barone enters his second season with Chicago in 2021, bringing with him 16 seasons of NFL coaching experience from four other different teams. Chicago is the fifth NFL stop for Barone during his 33-year coaching career, having previously coached either tight ends or offensive line with the Falcons (2004-06), Chargers (2007-08), Broncos (2009-16) and Vikings (2017-18).

During his coaching career, Barone has had the unique feat of coaching a Pro Bowl tight end at each of his four NFL coaching stops while several offensive linemen have been named Pro Bowlers under his tutelage.

In his first season with Chicago he oversaw a tight end room that featured a resurgence from veteran free agent acquisition Jimmy Graham and the emergence of rookie Cole Kmet. Under Barone's guidance Graham hauled in a team-high eight receiving touchdowns, which was second most for NFC tight ends, and was also the most of his career since 2017 when he caught 10. Second-round draft selection Cole Kmet saw his playing time and overall targets rise throughout the season, finishing with 28 receptions and 243 yards (most by rookie TE's) and added two scores.

Prior to Chicago, Barone served as the tight ends (2017) and co-offensive line coach (2018) with the Vikings. His tight ends were a valuable part of the club's 13-3 season in 2017 and advancing to the NFC Championship game.

Prior to his time in Minnesota, Barone spent eight seasons in Denver coaching tight ends (2009, 2011-14) and offensive line (2010, 2015-16). The Broncos won Super Bowl 50 and played in Super Bowl XLVIII against Seattle during his tenure.

In 2004, Barone got the call for his first NFL coaching gig as the assistant offensive line coach in Atlanta. The Falcons led the NFL and set franchise records in both yards per rush (5.1) and rushing yards per game (167.0) on their way to an NFC Championship Game berth against Philadelphia. The Falcons went 11-5 in the regular season to capture the NFC South title under first-year head coach Jim Mora.

The 2005 season marked Barone's first as a tight ends coach at any level when he took on that role for the Falcons.

His coaching career began in the college ranks, serving 17 years as an OL coach at various institutions. Barone spent the final seven years of his collegiate coaching career serving as offensive coordinator from 1997-2003 at the University of Wyoming (1997-99), University of Houston (2000- 02) and Texas State University (2003). He also served as the OL coach at both Wyoming and Houston and was the assistant head coach for his season at Texas State.

Under Barone's tutelage, the Texas State offense averaged 443.4 yards per game, seventh best in the nation, whiles setting numerous school offensive records. While at Houston, Barone was named the Division-IA OL Coach of the Year by the National Offensive Line Coaches Association in 2002. During his three-year run at Wyoming (1997-99) the Cowboys allowed a total of just 35 sacks.

Barone's coaching career began at American River College (1987-90), a California community college located in the small unincorporated community of Foothill Farms, as their OL coach. Barone would move on to Sacramento State University (1991- 92), Texas A&M University (1993) and Eastern Illinois University (1994-96) where he also instructed the offensive lines.

A native of San Andreas, California, Barone attended Red Bluff High School in Red Bluff, Calif., where he is a member of the school's Hall of Fame. After success as a four-sport star in high school, Barone attended and played offensive line at the University of Nevada and Sacramento State University, where he also holds a place in the Hornets Hall of Fame.

He and his wife, Rosie, have 3 children: Gianna, Stefano and Isabella.