Titans name Cecil Defensive Coordinator

Robertson promoted; Hauck added to coaching staff

The Titans have promoted Chuck Cecil to defensive coordinator. He helped guide the NFL's 7th-ranked defense in 2008.
NASHVILLE, TN, Feb. 12, 2009 — The Tennessee Titans elevated secondary coach Chuck Cecil to defensive coordinator, promoted Marcus Robertson to secondary coach and added Tim Hauck as assistant secondary coach.

Cecil has coached eight seasons for the Titans, starting as a quality control coach (2001-03) and then coaching the safeties and nickel backs (2004-06) before becoming the secondary coach the last two seasons (2007-08). Under Cecil's direction last year, three members of the Titans secondary (Cortland Finnegan, Chris Hope and Michael Griffin) earned Pro Bowl invitations and the unit collected 19 interceptions for the NFL's seventh ranked defense.

"Chuck has seen this defense from a number of different perspectives and he is ready for this next step," said Titans head coach Jeff Fisher. "I felt like continuity at this point was very important for our defense. Jim (Schwartz) and the defensive staff over the last several years have developed a very good system and I wanted to keep as many of those parts together as possible."

Cecil has 15 years of NFL experience as a player and coach. As a player, he was known for his thunderous tackling and aggressive style during his time as a safety for the Green Bay Packers (1988-92), Phoenix Cardinals (1993) and Houston Oilers (1995). Originally a fourth round pick (89th overall) by the Packers, Cecil earned Pro Bowl honors following the 1992 season. Cecil replaces Jim Schwartz, who left to become the head coach of the Detroit Lions.

Robertson has spent the last two seasons as the Titans assistant secondary coach. Robertson and Cecil are responsible for the rapid development of the secondary into one of the finest in the league. Robertson re-joined the Titans franchise as the Director of Player Development, a position he held for four years (2003-06) after concluding a 12-year NFL career. Originally a fourth round draft pick by the Oilers in the 1991 NFL Draft, Robertson played 10 seasons for the Oilers/Titans franchise and earned All Pro honors for the 1993 season.

Hauck joins the Titans with five years of coaching experience and 13 years as an NFL player. Most recently, he was the safeties coach at UCLA last season and helped the Bruins defense rank second in the PAC-10 in pass defense. Before going to UCLA, Hauck spent four years at his alma mater, the University of Montana, coaching the full secondary in 2007 and three years tutoring the safeties (2004-06). In 2007, Montana ranked 10th nationally in pass efficiency defense while totaling 17 interceptions and allowing only eight passing touchdowns. His 13-year NFL career started as an undrafted free agent with the New England Patriots in 1990, and included stops in Green Bay, Denver, Seattle, Indianapolis, Philadelphia and San Francisco.

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