NASHVILLE, Tenn. —The Titans are turning their offensive line over to one of the "Hogs."
Hall of Famer Russ Grimm has been hired by the Titans as the team's new offensive line coach. Grimm has 21 seasons of coaching experience in the NFL, with the Redskins, Steelers and Cardinals.
The Titans have also hired Deshea Townsend as secondary coach and Steve Jackson as assistant secondary coach.
Grimm worked with Titans head coach Mike Mularkey with the Steelers. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010.
Grimm's task in Tennessee will be to jumpstart an offensive line that includes a pair of former first-round picks in guard Chance Warmack and tackle Taylor Lewan. Bob Bostad, the team's offensive line coach the past two seasons, was not retained after the 2015 season.
Grimm brings with him some impressive credentials, as a player, and a coach.
As a player, Grimm started 11 seasons at guard for the Redskins (1981-91) and helped lead the team to four Super Bowl appearances, and three victories. He was voted to four consecutive Pro Bowls (1983-86), and was an original member of Washington's renowned "Hogs" offensive line.
He's also had success in the league as an offensive line coach, although he hasn't coached since the 2012 season, when he worked under former Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt in Arizona.
In Arizona, Grimm served as the team's assistant head coach/offensive line. He joined the Cardinals in 2007, and in 2008 his five offensive linemen started all 20 games during a season that ended with a trip to Super Bowl XLIII.
Grimm spent his first two seasons as assistant head coach/offensive line and was given the additional title of run game coordinator for the Cardinals from 2009-10.
He previously worked six seasons with the Steelers in the same capacity, when Mularkey was also in Pittsburgh. The 2006 Steelers offensive line helped pave the way for running back Willie Parker to gain 1,494 yards and 13 touchdowns. Pittsburgh's offense finished the 2006 season with the 10th best rushing attack in the NFL.
Under Grimm's guidance in 2005, the Steelers averaged nearly 140 yards rushing per game during the regular season en route to winning Super Bowl XL. Grimm molded Steelers offensive linemen Alan Faneca, a six-time Pro Bowler at guard, and center Jeff Hartings, who developed into one of the best centers in the NFL in just six seasons.
Grimm began his NFL coaching career with the Redskins, where he coached tight ends coach (1992-96) before moving to coach the offensive line (1997-2000). Grimm was instrumental in the development of Washington tackles Jon Jansen and five-time Pro Bowler Chris Samuels, who each earned starting spots as rookies on the Redskins offensive line.
Grimm spent 20 seasons with the Redskins, the first 11 as a player then as an assistant coach for nine seasons (1992-2000).
In his career, his teams have earned four Super Bowl victories -- three as a player (XVII, XXII and XXVI) and one as a coach (XL).
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.
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 15th nationally in interceptions with 15.
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.
Jackson entered the NFL coaching ranks with the Bills as the safeties/third down coach for three seasons (2001-03). Most recently Jackson was an assistant secondary coach with the Detroit Lions in 2013.
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