Frank Pollack in 2018 enters his 12th NFL season as a coach, and his first with Cincinnati.
Frank Pollack in 2018 enters his 12th NFL season as a coach, and his first with Cincinnati. He is charged with leading a re-vamped Bengals offensive line that includes first-round draft pick C Billy Price, offseason acquisition OT Cordy Glenn and veteran G Clint Boling.
Pollack comes to Cincinnati after spending the last five seasons (2013-17) coaching the offensive line in Dallas, where he developed that unit into one of the most dominant in all of football. Over his tenure, he aided in the development of three All-Pro linemen in OT Tyron Smith, C Travis Frederick and G Zack Martin, and he helped the line pave the way for two different RBs who led the NFL in rushing — Ezekiel Elliott in 2016, and DeMarco Murray in ’14.
Last season, despite multiple key injuries along the offensive line, Pollack again guided three linemen — Smith, Frederick and Martin — to the Pro Bowl. Pollack’s line helped support a 4.52-yard average per rush for the team, ranked third in the NFL. The line also played a role in QB Dak Prescott rushing for a 357 yards, the most ever by a Dallas QB.
Under Pollack’s direction in 2016, Dallas’ offensive line was named the NFL’s Offensive Line of the Year, with Smith, Frederick and Martin all earning both Pro Bowl and All Pro honors. Pollack’s unit paved the way for the NFL’s leading rusher in Elliott (1631 yards), a rookie, as Dallas finished second in the NFL in rushing yards per game (149.8) and third in yards per carry (4.8). Behind the offensive line’s protection, Cowboys QB Dak Prescott was named the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year and broke single-season team records for passing yards (3667), passing TDs (23) and completion percentage (67.8). The offensive line aided in the Cowboys ranking second in the NFL in time of possession (31:41), while adding 35 drives of five or more minutes, with 30 going for scores — both were tops in the NFL.
In 2015, Pollack’s first season leading Dallas’ offensive line, Smith, Frederick and Martin all earned both Pro Bowl and All Pro honors. Pollack’s line paved the way for Dallas’ offense to rack up 1890 rushing yards (ninth in the NFL) and average 4.63 yards per carry (fifth). The Cowboys’ 2354 rushing yards from 2014-15 were the most back-to-back for a Dallas team since the Cowboys’ Super Bowl seasons of 1992 and ’93.
In 2014, Pollack served as Dallas’ assistant offensive line coach during a season in which the Cowboys’ renewed focus produced a 4.63-yard rushing average, ranked third in the NFL. The line helped Murray rush for a franchise-record and NFL-best 1845 yards, earning him AP Offensive Player of the Year honors. The line also played a key role in the Cowboys ranking No. 1 in the NFL in time of possession (32:36).
In 2013, Pollack’s first season in Dallas, the line helped the Cowboys finish fifth in the NFL in scoring (398 points) and eighth in yards per carry (4.48), and the unit allowed the seventh-fewest sacks in the league (35).
Prior to Dallas, Pollack was offensive line coach of Oakland in 2012, where his line guided the Raiders to a No. 8 NFL ranking in passing offense.
Prior to his time in Oakland, Pollack served as assistant offensive line coach for the Houston Texans. In 2011, Houston’s line paved the way for a franchise-record 153-yard per game rushing average (second in the NFL). The line included second-team All-Pro OT Duane Brown, along with C Chris Myers, who earned a Pro Bowl nod.
Pollack also helped guide the Texans’ line to success in 2010, when it blocked for Arian Foster, the NFL’s leader in rushing yards (1616) and TDs (18).
Before joining the pro ranks, Pollack began his coaching career at his alma mater, Northern Arizona, where he served as co-offensive line coach in 2005 and offensive line coach in ’06.
A sixth-round draft choice by San Francisco in 1990, Pollack played two seasons (1990-91) with the 49ers, before joining Denver for two seasons (’92-93). He then re-joined San Francisco for the final five years of his playing career (1994-98), and helped the 49ers to a Super Bowl championship in ’94.
In college, Pollack played both offensive tackle and guard at Northern Arizona from 1985-89. He graduated with a degree in advertising from NAU in 1990, and in 2010 he was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
Pollack and his wife, Wendy, have three sons — Frankie, Carter and Wilson.