Compiled by Kathleen Nelson
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
01/19/2006

Born: Sept. 17, 1963

Hometown: Sunnyside, Wash., about 30 miles southeast of Yakima

College career: Quarterback, University of Idaho, 1982-86. Completed 547 of 947 passes for 7,018 yards and 45 touchdowns. He ranks fifth in school history in each of those categories. Compiled a 32-16 record as a starter under Dennis Erickson. Big Sky Conference champion, 1985. Division I-AA playoff appearances, 1984-86.

Pro career: Signed as a rookie free agent with the Dallas Cowboys in 1987. A shoulder injury ended his playing career that summer.

Family: Wife, Kristen. Three sons: Matthew, 11; Michael, 9; and Marcus, 5

Family ties: Linehan's brother-in-law is actor Jim Caviezel, who played Jesus in "Passion of the Christ." Linehan was the offensive coordinator in Minnesota when the movie was being filmed, and Caviezel told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: "When I was on the cross, I was thinking about the Minnesota Vikings. I was praying for them all the time. Whenever they lose, it just rips your heart out."

Linehan's older brother, Ron, was Scott's hero. Like Scott, Ron played quarterback at Idaho and was named to the all-Big Sky first team three consecutive years, then was drafted by Pittsburgh in 1972. Ron then coached high school in Portland, Ore., and died of complications from Alzheimer's disease last year at age 55.

Coaching resume

2005: Miami Dolphins, offensive coordinator. The Dolphins' ground game was ranked No. 31 in 2004 and rose to No. 16 this season.

2002-2004: Minnesota Vikings, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach. The Vikings ranked first in total offense in 2003, second in 2002, third in 2004.

1999-2001: University of Louisville, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach

1994-1998: University of Washington, wide receivers coach, 1994-1995; offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach, 1996-1997; offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach, 1998

1992-1993: University of Idaho, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach

1991: University of Nevada-Las Vegas, quarterbacks coach

1989-90: University of Idaho, wide receivers coach

Quarterbacks Linehan has coached

Daunte Culpepper, Vikings. Pro Bowl, 2004, 2005

Dave Ragone, Louisville. Conference USA player of the year, 2000, 2001; third-round pick, Houston Texans, 2003.

Chris Redman, Louisville. Conference USA player of the year, 1999; third-round pick, Baltimore Ravens, 2000.

Marques Tuiasosopo, Washington. Second-round pick, Oakland Raiders, 2001.

Brock Huard, Washington. Third-round pick, Seattle Seahawks, 1999.

Doug Nussmeier, Idaho. Winner of the 1993 Walter Payton Award, given to the player of the year in Division I-AA; fourth-round pick, New Orleans Saints, 1994.

Mentors

Dennis Erickson: Linehan's coach at Idaho, won two national titles at Miami and coached the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco *****.

John L. Smith: The head coach at Michigan State, Smith hired Linehan twice, at Idaho in 1992 and at Louisville in 1999.

Jim Lambright: He hired Linehan at Washington and has the strongest defensive background of any of Linehan's former bosses.

Favorite foods: Italian cuisine, Budweiser, cigars.