Lindley with the Arizona Cardinals in 2013
|Date of birth:June 22, 1989|
|Place of birth: San Diego, California|
|College: San Diego State|
|NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 6 / Pick: 185|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
| As player:|
* Arizona Cardinals ( 2012– 2013)
| As coach:|
* San Diego State (2017–2018)
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
|Stats at CFL.ca|
Ryan George Lindley (born June 22, 1989) is an American football coach and former quarterback who is the current quarterbacks coach for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at San Diego State, and was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Lindley has also been a member of the San Diego Chargers, New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts and Ottawa Redblacks.
- 1 High school career
- 2 College career
- 3 Professional career
- 4 Coaching career
- 5 Personal life
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
High school career[edit | edit source]
College career[edit | edit source]
After not playing in his first year on campus at San Diego State University in 2007 while Kevin O'Connell was the Aztecs' starter, Lindley started 11 games as a redshirt freshman in 2008. During the season, he completed 242 of 427 passes for 2,653 yards, 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions. As a sophomore in 2009 he started 12 games and completed 239 of 437 passes for 3,054 yards with 23 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. As a junior in 2010 Lindley completed 243 of 421 passes for 3,830 yards, 28 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He helped lead the Aztecs to the 2010 Poinsettia Bowl, their first Bowl game since the 1998 Las Vegas Bowl. He helped them defeat the Navy Midshipmen 35 to 14 after completing 18 of 23 passes for 276 yards and two touchdowns.
Statistics[edit | edit source]
|2008||San Diego State||242||427||56.7||2,653||6.2||16||9||117.0||31||-62||-2.0||1|
|2009||San Diego State||239||437||54.7||3,054||7.0||23||16||123.4||22||-131||-6.0||1|
|2010||San Diego State||243||421||57.7||3,830||9.1||28||14||149.4||19||-31||-1.6||0|
|2011||San Diego State||237||447||53.0||3,153||7.1||23||8||125.7||18||-51||-2.8||0|
Professional career[edit | edit source]
|Ht||Wt||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 4 in||229 lb||4.90 s||1.69 s||2.87 s||4.45 s||7.52 s||29½ in||9 ft 0 in|
Arizona Cardinals[edit | edit source]
Lindley was drafted in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. On November 18, 2012, he replaced John Skelton in a loss to the Atlanta Falcons. He made his first professional start on November 25 against the St. Louis Rams. In his first season, he posted a very low 46.7 passer rating and threw 7 interceptions compared to 0 touchdowns. After two seasons with the team, Lindley was released by the Cardinals on August 25, 2014.
San Diego Chargers[edit | edit source]
Arizona Cardinals (second stint)[edit | edit source]
On November 11, 2014, Lindley re-signed with the Arizona Cardinals after a season-ending injury to Carson Palmer. On December 11, 2014, starting quarterback Drew Stanton was injured in the game against the St. Louis Rams, Lindley entered the game and saw his first in-game action since 2012. On December 28, 2014, against the San Francisco 49ers, Lindley threw his first career touchdown pass to Michael Floyd, ending an NFL record 228 pass attempts without a touchdown to start his career. He finished the 2014 season with a 48.4% completion rate, 562 yards passing, 2 touchdowns, 4 interceptions, and a 56.8 passer rating.
On January 3, 2015, in the Cardinals' first-round playoff game at the Carolina Panthers, Lindley completed 16 of 28 passes for 82 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He had a passer rating of 44.3 and Arizona lost 27–16. The Cardinals totaled 78 yards of offense, the fewest in NFL playoff history.
New England Patriots[edit | edit source]
Indianapolis Colts[edit | edit source]
On December 29, 2015, Lindley signed with the Indianapolis Colts. On January 3, 2016, Lindley split time with fellow recent signee Josh Freeman in the Colts season finale against the Tennessee Titans and went 6/10 for 58 yards and a touchdown in the 30–24 win.
Ottawa Redblacks[edit | edit source]
After not playing professional football for more than a year, Lindley signed with the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League (CFL) on February 2, 2017. Lindley saw the most action during the preseason for the Redblacks; he completed 18 of 30 pass attempts for 140 yards with 1 touchdown and 0 interceptions. Lindley made his first CFL start on September 22, 2017: Starting quarterback Trevor Harris and backup Drew Tate were both out with injuries. Lindley played very poorly, completing just 16 of 36 pass attempts (44.4%) for only 151 yards (4.2 yards per attempt), with one interception and the Redblacks were beaten handily by the Blue Bomber 29–9. Lindley was not much better in the team's next match against the Saskatchewan Roughriders, completing 17 of 31 pass attempts (54.8%) for 161 yards (5.2 yards per attempt), with one touchdown and one interception. On March 6, 2018 Lindley was released by the Redblacks.
NFL statistics[edit | edit source]
CFL statistics[edit | edit source]
Coaching career[edit | edit source]
San Diego State[edit | edit source]
Lindley was a graduate assistant at San Diego State from 2017 through October 31, 2018.
Cleveland Browns[edit | edit source]
Lindley was hired as the running backs coach for the Cleveland Browns on October 31, 2018, after running backs coach Freddie Kitchens was promoted to offensive coordinator. On January 14, 2019, he was named the Browns' quarterbacks coach. 
Personal life[edit | edit source]
After being released by the Colts, Lindley's agent, Rep 1 Sports, hired him as a coach. He was tasked with getting Carson Wentz and Jared Goff ready for their NFL Combine and Pro Day performances. In 2014, Lindley was a stand-in body double for Andrew Luck in a Visa commercial that featured Cardinals teammate Larry Fitzgerald. The commercial also featured Drew Brees and Colin Kaepernick through CGI. At San Diego State University, Lindley majored in Social Science Teaching.
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- "Utah will go bowling in Las Vegas". Sports.espn.go.com. December 1, 2010. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=5872929. Retrieved February 17, 2014.
- "Ronnie Hillman rumbles for 228 yards in San Diego State's win". Scores.espn.go.com. December 23, 2010. http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/recap?gameId=303570021. Retrieved February 17, 2014.
- "Ryan Lindley". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/ryan-lindley-1.html. Retrieved September 2, 2016.
- "Bolts Announce 2014 Practice Squad". August 31, 2014. http://www.chargers.com/news/2014/08/31/bolts-announce-2014-practice-squad.
- "Cardinals vs. 49ers - Game Recap - December 28, 2014 - ESPN". http://espn.go.com/nfl/recap?gameId=400554446.
- "Ryan Lindley". http://www.nfl.com/player/ryanlindley/2532894/profile.
- "Ryan Lindley: Game Logs at NFL.com". http://www.nfl.com/player/ryanlindley/2532894/gamelogs?season=2014.
- Dopher, Marc. "Panthers capture first playoff win since 2006". http://www.wyff4.com/sports/panthers-win-first-playoff-game-since-2006/30517354.
- Palacios, Ruben. "Patriots QB shuffle: release Matt Flynn, sign Ryan Lindley". http://fantasynews.cbssports.com/fantasyfootball/update/25265390/patriots-qb-shuffle-release-matt-flynn-sign-ryan-lindley. Retrieved August 10, 2015.
- "Patriots cut Ryan Lindley and nine others". http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/09/04/patriots-cut-ryan-lindley-and-nine-others/. Retrieved January 1, 2016.
- "Indianapolis Colts make roster move". blogs.colts.com. December 29, 2015. http://blogs.colts.com/2015/12/29/indianapolis-colts-make-roster-move-5/. Retrieved December 31, 2015.
- "Titans vs. Colts - Box Score - January 3, 2016 - ESPN". http://espn.go.com/nfl/boxscore?gameId=400791645.
- Staff, 3Down (February 2, 2017). "Redblacks sign former NFL starter Ryan Lindley (and why they did it)". http://3downnation.com/2017/02/02/redblacks-sign-former-nfl-starter-ryan-lindley/.
- "Blue Bombers pour it on to rout Redblacks" (in en). Winnipeg Sun. http://www.winnipegsun.com/2017/09/23/blue-bombers-pour-it-on-to-rout-redblacks.
- "2017-09-29 Game Tracker - Saskatchewan Roughriders vs. Ottawa Redblacks (2428) - CFL.ca" (in en-US). https://www.cfl.ca/games/2428/saskatchewan-roughriders-vs-ottawa-redblacks/.
- "Redblacks cut backup QB Lindley - Article - TSN". TSN. March 5, 2018. https://www.tsn.ca/redblacks-cut-backup-qb-lindley-1.1018505.
- "Ryan Lindley". pro-football-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/L/LindRy00.htm. Retrieved September 2, 2016.
- "Browns add Ryan Lindley to coaching staff". ClevelandBrowns.com. October 31, 2018. https://www.clevelandbrowns.com/news/browns-add-ryan-lindley-to-coaching-staff.
- "Browns add to coaching staff". ClevelandBrowns.com. January 14, 2019. https://www.clevelandbrowns.com/news/browns-add-to-coaching-staff.
- King, Peter (February 29, 1016). "The Pride of North Dakota". mmqb.si.com. http://mmqb.si.com/mmqb/2016/02/28/carson-wentz-nfl-draft-combine-north-dakota. Retrieved April 23, 2016.
- Valkenburg, Kevin Van (April 12, 2016). "One wrist injury, 612 throws, zero competition -- Does Carson Wentz really add up to $20M?". espn.go.com. http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/15158945/does-north-dakota-state-qb-carson-wentz-really-add-20m. Retrieved April 23, 2016.
- Bowen, Les (January 29, 2016). "So far at Senior Bowl, Carson Wentz living up to the hype". philly.com. http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/eagles/20160129_So_far_at_Senior_Bowl__Carson_Wentz_living_up_to_the_hype.html. Retrieved April 23, 2016.
- Brugler, Dave (March 23, 2016). "2016 NFL Draft: Carson Wentz to make final argument at NDSU pro day". cbssports.com. http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/nfl-draft-scout/25528179/nfl-draft-carson-wentz-to-make-final-argument-at-ndsu-pro-day. Retrieved April 23, 2016.
- Alper, Josh (February 15, 2016). "Jared Goff "confident" he’ll be best quarterback in draft". profootballtalk.nbcsports.com. http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2016/02/15/jared-goff-confident-hell-be-best-quarterback-in-draft/. Retrieved April 23, 2016.
- Gehlken, Michael (April 26, 2016). "Ryan Lindley guided draft’s top picks". sandiegouniontribune.com. http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2016/apr/26/ryan-lindley-jared-goff-carson-wentz/?chargers#article-copy. Retrieved April 26, 2016.
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