Coach Bio

Andy Heck
Offensive Line

Biography

Andy Heck enters his 25th year of professional football in 2016. He begins his 13th season as an NFL coach, including his fourth as the Chiefs offensive line coach. His time in the NFL includes a 12-year career as an offensive lineman.

In 2015, the offensive line proved its versatility as nine different offensive line combinations including eight different offensive linemen made up the starting lineup. Rookie Mitch Morse started all but one game at center, and T Eric Fisher solidified the left tackle spot during the club's 11-game winning streak. The offensive line was also effective in the progression of backup RBs Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware as they stepped in for an injured RB Jamaal Charles. West and Ware combined for 10 rushing touchdowns in 2015. 

During the 2014 season, the line helped RBs Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis carry the scoring load for the Chiefs. The two scored 22 of the Chiefs 40 total touchdowns, which ranked first among a pair of teammates across the NFL. Additionally, Charles surpassed Priest Holmes as the Chiefs all-time leading rusher with 6,856 rushing yards. Charles’ 1,033 rushing yards in 2014 was his third consecutive year over 1,000 yards and second consecutive behind Heck’s line.

In 2013, Heck led Kansas City’s offensive line to help Charles reach 1,287 rushing yards, enough for third-most in the NFL. T Branden Albert made his first appearance in the Pro Bowl under Heck’s guidance. He also coached the 2013 first overall draft pick T Eric Fisher who saw action in 14 games (13 starts). 

Prior to joining the Chiefs staff, Heck served nine years on the Jacksonville Jaguars coaching staff (2004-12), including the final seven seasons as the club’s offensive line coach (2006-12). Before being promoted to that role, he served as the team’s assistant offensive line coach (2005) and offensive assistant/assistant offensive line coach (2004).

Under Heck’s guidance in 2011, Jacksonville’s offensive line paved the way for RB Maurice Jones-Drew to rush for 1,606 yards to earn the NFL rushing title. In 2010, the Jaguars boasted the third-ranked rushing offense in the NFL, averaging 149.7 yards per game, including a 4.7 yards per carry average to rank fifth in the league. The team racked up 2,395 rushing yards to rank as the second-most in team history at that point.

In 2006 and 2007, the offensive line led the offense to the two highest single-season rushing totals in franchise history to date and two of the three lowest sack totals. The Jaguars set the single-season franchise record for rushing yards (2,541) in 2006 and allowed only 30.0 sacks, the second-fewest in team history. 

  In 2007, the line helped the offense to 2,391 rushing yards (149.4 per game), the most in the AFC and second-highest total in the NFL, and they allowed only 31.0 sacks, the third-fewest in franchise history.

Prior to joining the Jaguars, Heck served three seasons on the University of Virginia coaching staff, the first two seasons as a graduate assistant and the final year as tight ends coach. He tutored All-America tight end Heath Miller, who set numerous Atlantic Coast Conference tight end records for receiving and scoring. Miller was a first-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2005.

Prior to joining the Virginia staff, Heck played in the NFL for 12 seasons (1989-2000) as an offensive lineman. He finished his playing career with the Washington Redskins, where he played for two seasons. As the starting left tackle in 1999, he blocked for an offense that ranked second in the NFL. From 1994 to 1998, Heck was a five-year starter for the Chicago Bears. In 1995, he gave up no sacks as part of an offensive line that yielded the fewest sacks in the NFL.

Heck was drafted in the first round (15th overall) by the Seattle Seahawks, where he was a unanimous All-Rookie selection in 1989. A starter for all five years with the Seahawks, he played three seasons without missing a snap.

A 1989 graduate of Notre Dame, Heck received a bachelor’s degree in American studies. A first-team All-America selection, he co-captained the 1988 national championship team that finished 12-0. He was a tight end for his first three seasons at Notre Dame before moving to tackle in spring drills in his senior season.

Education: ­Notre Dame (B.A. 1989). Born: Fargo, N.D. Family: Wife - Jennifer; Children - Jonathan, Charlie, Molly and Evelyn.

Andy Heck enters his 25th year of professional football in 2016. He begins his 13th season as an NFL coach, including his fourth as the Chiefs offensive line coach. His time in the NFL includes a 12-year career as an offensive lineman.

In 2015, the offensive line proved its versatility as nine different offensive line combinations including eight different offensive linemen made up the starting lineup. Rookie Mitch Morse started all but one game at center, and T Eric Fisher solidified the left tackle spot during the club's 11-game winning streak. The offensive line was also effective in the progression of backup RBs Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware as they stepped in for an injured RB Jamaal Charles. West and Ware combined for 10 rushing touchdowns in 2015. 

During the 2014 season, the line helped RBs Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis carry the scoring load for the Chiefs. The two scored 22 of the Chiefs 40 total touchdowns, which ranked first among a pair of teammates across the NFL. Additionally, Charles surpassed Priest Holmes as the Chiefs all-time leading rusher with 6,856 rushing yards. Charles’ 1,033 rushing yards in 2014 was his third consecutive year over 1,000 yards and second consecutive behind Heck’s line.

In 2013, Heck led Kansas City’s offensive line to help Charles reach 1,287 rushing yards, enough for third-most in the NFL. T Branden Albert made his first appearance in the Pro Bowl under Heck’s guidance. He also coached the 2013 first overall draft pick T Eric Fisher who saw action in 14 games (13 starts). 

Prior to joining the Chiefs staff, Heck served nine years on the Jacksonville Jaguars coaching staff (2004-12), including the final seven seasons as the club’s offensive line coach (2006-12). Before being promoted to that role, he served as the team’s assistant offensive line coach (2005) and offensive assistant/assistant offensive line coach (2004).

Under Heck’s guidance in 2011, Jacksonville’s offensive line paved the way for RB Maurice Jones-Drew to rush for 1,606 yards to earn the NFL rushing title. In 2010, the Jaguars boasted the third-ranked rushing offense in the NFL, averaging 149.7 yards per game, including a 4.7 yards per carry average to rank fifth in the league. The team racked up 2,395 rushing yards to rank as the second-most in team history at that point.

In 2006 and 2007, the offensive line led the offense to the two highest single-season rushing totals in franchise history to date and two of the three lowest sack totals. The Jaguars set the single-season franchise record for rushing yards (2,541) in 2006 and allowed only 30.0 sacks, the second-fewest in team history. 

  In 2007, the line helped the offense to 2,391 rushing yards (149.4 per game), the most in the AFC and second-highest total in the NFL, and they allowed only 31.0 sacks, the third-fewest in franchise history.

Prior to joining the Jaguars, Heck served three seasons on the University of Virginia coaching staff, the first two seasons as a graduate assistant and the final year as tight ends coach. He tutored All-America tight end Heath Miller, who set numerous Atlantic Coast Conference tight end records for receiving and scoring. Miller was a first-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2005.

Prior to joining the Virginia staff, Heck played in the NFL for 12 seasons (1989-2000) as an offensive lineman. He finished his playing career with the Washington Redskins, where he played for two seasons. As the starting left tackle in 1999, he blocked for an offense that ranked second in the NFL. From 1994 to 1998, Heck was a five-year starter for the Chicago Bears. In 1995, he gave up no sacks as part of an offensive line that yielded the fewest sacks in the NFL.

Heck was drafted in the first round (15th overall) by the Seattle Seahawks, where he was a unanimous All-Rookie selection in 1989. A starter for all five years with the Seahawks, he played three seasons without missing a snap.

A 1989 graduate of Notre Dame, Heck received a bachelor’s degree in American studies. A first-team All-America selection, he co-captained the 1988 national championship team that finished 12-0. He was a tight end for his first three seasons at Notre Dame before moving to tackle in spring drills in his senior season.

Education: ­Notre Dame (B.A. 1989). Born: Fargo, N.D. Family: Wife - Jennifer; Children - Jonathan, Charlie, Molly and Evelyn.