Turk Schonert

Turk Schonert
No. 14, 15
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1957-01-15) January 15, 1957
Place of birth: Torrance, California
Career information
College: Stanford
NFL Draft: 1980 / Round: 9 / Pick: 242
Career history
As player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As coach:
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Turk Leroy Schonert (born January 15, 1957) is a former quarterback, quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator in the National Football League. Schonert was named as the head coach of the United Football League's Sacramento Mountain Lions for the 2012 UFL football season. Schonert was hired as an offensive consultant by the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League in July 2014[1] and promoted to receivers coach in August 2014.[2]

Playing career

Early years

Schonert was a two-time All-American quarterback at Servite High School in Anaheim, California.[3] He also played in the Little League World Series in 1968 as a shortstop and third baseman.[4]

College career

As a senior quarterback at Stanford University, Schonert followed Guy Benjamin and Steve Dils, who each won the Sammy Baugh Trophy given to college football's top passer, and was backed up by freshman John Elway. Schonert finished as the school's third consecutive NCAA passing champion and set a team record for completion percentage.[5] The season highlight came when Schoenert led Stanford back from a 21-0 halftime deficit to tie top ranked USC, 21-21, ultimately costing the Trojans the national title.

Professional career

Schonert was selected by the Chicago Bears in the ninth round of the 1980 NFL Draft but never played for the franchise. He played nine seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, including the Super Bowl XVI and Super Bowl XXIII teams, and spent one season with the Atlanta Falcons. Schonert retired in 1989, finishing his career with 11 touchdowns, 20 interceptions and a 7-5 record as a starting quarterback.[6]

Coaching career


Schonert began coaching quarterbacks in 1992 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers under Sam Wyche, his former head coach with the Bengals. His quarterback coach at Stanford, Jim Fassel, later became the head coach of the New York Giants and hired Schonert,[7] who also served with the Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints.

Schonert, who returned to the Bills in 2006 and was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2008,[8] had worked with Trent Edwards, a graduate of his alma mater, since Buffalo drafted the Stanford quarterback in 2007. Schonert was fired as the offensive coordinator for the Bills on September 4, 2009, just before the start of the season and replaced with Alex Van Pelt. The move proved to be uninspired, with Bills head coach Dick Jauron himself being fired after nine games of the 2009 NFL season, due to a lack of offensive firepower.


Schonert was hired as quarterbacks coach for the UFL's Hartford Colonials by head coach Jerry Glanville in 2011, but was let go with the rest of the coaching staff when the franchise ceased operation prior to the 2011 season. He was then hired by Fassel as an offensive assistant for the UFL's Las Vegas Locomotives.

Prior to working in the CFL, Schonert had been the head coach for the Sacramento Mountain Lions, whose previous head coach, Dennis Green, is involved in a contract dispute with the team.[9]


Schonert's duties as offensive consultant in Montreal is reported to include helping Alouettes QB Troy Smith, who has struggled with accuracy and production early in the 2014 season.[10] In August 2014, Schonert was named the Alouettes' receivers coach.[2]

See also


  1. "MATTHEWS AND SCHONERT TO JOIN ALOUETTES COACHING STAFF". TSN. Press release. 30 July 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
  3. . Servite High School Athletics http://www.servitehs.org/athletics/football/all_americans.jsp?rn=9336115. Retrieved 2009-03-17. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. "Edwards won't play Sunday". Buffalo News. 2008-08-23. Archived from the original on November 22, 2008. Retrieved 2009-03-17.
  5. "Pigskin flashback: 1979 Stanford-UCLA Game". The Bootleg. 1995-10-20. Retrieved 2009-03-17.
  6. "Turk Schonert's career statistics". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 2009-03-17.
  7. "Former Stanford QB was pupil of Giants head coach". New York Giants. 2003-01-21. Retrieved 2009-03-17.
  8. "'Significant Change' Likely With New Coordinator". Buffalo Bills. 2008-01-04. Retrieved 2008-01-16.
  9. Billingsley, Mark (August 2, 2012). UFL, Mountain Lions plan an 8-game season. Sacramento Bee. Retrieved August 2, 2012.
  10. "Don Matthews returns to the Alouettes as a consultant". Globe and Mail. 30 July 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2014.

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