The Tennessee Titans named Russ Grimm offensive line coach, Deshea Townsend as secondary coach and Steve Jackson as assistant secondary coach.
Grimm has 21 years of experience as an NFL coach and earned Pro Football Hall of Fame honors for his 11-year career as a guard for the Washington Redskins. He spent six seasons (2007-12) as the Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line coach for the Arizona Cardinals and seven years (2001-06) with the Steelers, including three seasons when Mike Mularkey was the offensive coordinator. As a player and a coach, Grimm earned trips to six Super Bowls, including four wins.
Townsend has five years of coaching experience following a 13-year NFL career as a player. He joins the Titans after three seasons as the cornerbacks coach for Mississippi State. He played the majority of his NFL career for the Pittsburgh Steelers, including six seasons (2004-09) with Dick LeBeau as the defensive coordinator. Townsend won two Super Bowls (XL and XLIII) as a player with the Steelers.
Jackson returns to the organization that drafted him in the third round of the 1991 NFL Draft, and went on to play his entire nine-year career (127 games) for the team. He brings 13 years of NFL coaching experience to the Titans.
During Grimm’s time with the Cardinals, the team reached new heights, including their first Super Bowl appearance in 2009. In his first season with the team, the offensive line allowed only 24 sacks, the sixth best total in the NFL and the best by the franchise since 1978, while paving the way for Edgerrin James to rush for 1,222 yards. Prior to his time in Arizona, Grimm spent seven years with the Steelers as the offensive line coach. His final three years, he added the title of Assistant Head Coach, becoming the first and only coach to hold that title on a Bill Cowher staff. In 2005, the Steelers won Super Bowl XL and the team averaged 140 yards rushing per game, which ranked fifth in the NFL. Under his guidance, Alan Faneca earned his first Pro Bowl selection and he would go on to earn Pro Bowl honors in each of their six years together.
Grimm started his coaching career at the Washington Redskins as the tight ends coach in 1992. He spent five seasons in that role before moving to offensive line coach for four seasons (1997-2000). Washington tackles Jon Jansen and six-time Pro Bowler Chris Samuels, each earned starting spots as rookies, under Grimm’s tutelage. Grimm was an 11-year starter at guard for the Redskins, who earned four trips to the Super Bowl, four Pro Bowl selections (1983-86) and was selected to the NFL’s All-Decade team. In 2010, Grimm was elected to football’s greatest individual honor, as he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
As the cornerbacks coach at Mississippi State, Townsend helped the Bulldogs 2014 defense lead the nation in passes defended (89), passes broken up (73) and were 15thnationally in interceptions with 15. In 2013, the Bulldogs defense ranked fifth in the SEC in passing defense, allowing only 205.2 yards through the air. Townsend entered the coaching ranks in 2011, as the assistant defensive backs coach for the Arizona Cardinals for two seasons. As a player in the NFL (Pittsburgh 1998-09; Indianapolis 2010), he played in 191 games (80 starts) and tallied 21 interceptions, 428 tackles, 15.5 sacks, three touchdowns, five fumble recoveries and four forced fumbles. Additionally, Townsend was a four-year starter at the University of Alabama and was a fourth-round selection by the Steelers in 1998.
Jackson spent the majority of his NFL coaching career with the Washington Redskins, spending nine seasons (2004-11) in the nation’s capital. For five of those seasons (2004-09), he was the passing game coordinator/safeties coach. In his time there, he guided safety Sean Taylor to two Pro Bowls before his death. He spent his final two years (2010-11) as the safeties coach. He entered the NFL coaching ranks with the Buffalo Bills as the safeties/third down coach for three seasons (2001-03). Jackson’s most recent job in the NFL was an assistant secondary coach with the Detroit Lions in 2013. During his time as a player with the Titans/Oilers, Jackson tallied 14 interceptions and nine sacks.
Russ Grimm Coaching Timeline
2016 Tennessee Titans – Offensive Line
2007-12 Arizona Cardinals –Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line
2004-06 Pittsburgh Steelers - Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line
2001-03 Pittsburgh Steelers – Offensive Line
1997-00 Washington Redskins – Offensive Line
1992-96 Washington Redskins – Tight Ends
Deshea Townsend Coaching Timeline
2016 Tennessee Titans - Secondary
2013-15 Mississippi State - Cornerbacks
2011-12 Arizona Cardinals – Assistant Defensive Backs
Steve Jackson Coaching Timeline
2016 Tennessee Titans – Assistant Secondary
2013 Detroit Lions – Assistant Secondary
2010-11 Washington Redskins - Safeties
2004-09 Washington Redskins – Passing Game Coordinator/Safeties
2001-03 Buffalo Bills – Safeties/Third Down