NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tim Brown's NFL career began back in 1988, and when he retired 17 seasons later, his list of accomplishments was a long one.
So is his memory.
The Hall of Fame receiver remembers Terry Robiskie well. Robiskie was on the Los Angeles Raiders coaching staff when Brown arrived in the league. He was offensive coordinator with the Raiders from 1989-93, when Brown had the first of his nine 1,000-yard seasons.
Robiskie is now offensive coordinator with the Titans, something Brown wasn't aware of when he visited Nashville earlier this offseason.
"Terry is here now?, Brown asked with a smile. "Oh my gosh!"
Then, the memories flooded in.
"Let me say this,'' Brown said. "Marcus (Mariota) is going to have a lot of fun. The thing about Terry that you love is his intensity for the game. Man, it is unmatched by any coach I have ever been around. He has a passion. I am talking about a crying, teary passion for this game like no other coach I have been around.
"So from that standpoint, he is going to get the most out of this offensive club and certainly get the best out of Marcus. And I think Marcus is really going to benefit from having a coach who is so passionate about the game."
Brown, a nine-time Pro Bowler who racked up nearly 15,000 receiving yards with the Raiders, was in Nashville earlier this offseason with four other Heisman Trophy winners for a football clinic for youth at Nissan Stadium in conjunction with the Heisman Trophy Trust and Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee.
As part of Nissan's ongoing collaboration with Habitat for Humanity and the Heisman Trust, the Heisman Trophy winners joined a Habitat for Humanity construction crew to build a new home in Nashville.
Brown believes Robiskie can light a spark under the Titans, who finished 30th in the NFL in total offense (25th rushing, 25th passing) last season.
Robiskie, who has 34 years of coaching experience in the NFL, including six seasons as an offensive coordinator, joined the Titans after spending the past eight seasons as wide receivers coach with the Falcons.
"He's a tough love guy,'' Brown said of Robiskie. "He'll come in and cuss you out and then pat you on the butt on the way out the door. He used to get on me all the time. It came to the point that I knew what I was going to get."
Brown predicted big things to come from Mariota following a season when he set franchise records for most touchdowns (19), completions (230), passing yards (2,818) and passing attempts (370) in his first NFL season despite missing four games with knee injuries.
Brown said other Titans, of course, will need to play well around him.
"Marcus is a rare guy, but the thing is he can make a perfect pass, and if they don't catch it, guess what?,'' Brown said. "Guys have to do their job around him. The thing for him is he has gain a rapport with a couple of guys on the offensive side of the ball, and know those guys are going to take care of him at all times. And you have to rely on those guys. If you look at all the great quarterbacks, they all have their go-to guys. He needs to establish that as quickly as he can and work on it.
"… You know he is going to make the right decisions, and is going to do the right thing. The football part is what it is, and it is going to come natural. The best thing about a rookie is they become second-year players, so he can take all that experience from last year and become a much better player and he will because he has the talent to do that. And with all the talent the Titans are going to get around him now, he is going to be able to do great things in the future. It's going to be fun for the fans here in Nashville to watch him grow."
TitansOnline.com looks back at the 2015 rookie season of Titans QB Marcus Mariota. (AP Photos)