Since joining the NFL in 1989, Steve Hoffman has been identifying and developing young kickers and punters. His work over the past 20 years has been highly visible, and his impressive results have allowed him to develop an outstanding reputation around the NFL. Hoffman has served in the NFL for 24 seasons.
As the Special Teams coach for the Oakland Raiders in 2012, Sebastian Janikowski posted the best field goal percentage of his career (91.2%, 31/34) and was a perfect 25/25 for kicks inside of 50 yards. Under Hoffman’s tutelage in 2011, Chiefs P Dustin Colquitt established a career high with a 45.9-yard punting average. Hoffman’s coverage units ranked sixth in the NFL in 2010, allowing opponents an average of just 20.2 yards per kickoff return. Kansas City’s special teams group showed dramatic improvement in his first season with the Chiefs, as the team improved from 29th in 2008 to 12th in 2009 in the comprehensive NFL special teams rankings compiled by Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News. Colquitt registered a 40.8-yard net punting average in 2009, the top single-season mark in Chiefs history. In addition, K Ryan Succop posted an 86.2 field goal percentage in 2009, which tied for the highest mark by an NFL rookie since 1970.
Prior to joining the Chiefs, Hoffman spent two seasons with the Miami Dolphins (2007-08) as assistant special teams coach. In 2007, K Jay Feely established a Dolphins single-season record by connecting on 21 of 23 (91.3) field goal attempts. Hoffman also tutored P Brandon Fields, who led all NFL rookies with a 43.2-yard punting average in 2007. He was assistant special teams coach with the Atlanta Falcons in 2006.
Hoffman served on the Dallas Cowboys’ staff for 16 years (1989-04) as kicking coach. In addition to his duties with kicking specialists, he spent seven seasons as offensive/defensive quality control coach (1989-95). He later coached kickers and served as offensive quality control coach (1996-99) before finishing his tenure in Dallas as defensive quality control coach (2000-04). During his time in Dallas, Hoffman’s specialists established 15 club records and he was a part of three Super Bowl Championship teams, as Dallas claimed titles in Super Bowls XXVII, XXVIII and XXX.
Hoffman instructed kickers and punters at the University of Miami (1985-88) prior to joining the professional ranks. With the Hurricanes, he mentored P Jeff Feagles, who went on to become the NFL’s all-time leader in punts (1,713) and punting yards (71,211).
The Camden, N.J.-native played quarterback, running back, wide receiver and handled kicking and punting duties during his collegiate career at Dickinson (Penn.) College. He spent one year punting for the Washington Federals of the USFL (1983) and attended NFL training camps with Washington (1981, 1983), Seattle (1984) and New Orleans (1985).