Oct 12, 2008; New Orleans, LA, USA; Oakland Raiders defensive line coach Keith Millard gestures from the sidelines during the Raiders 34-3 loss to the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Tennessee Titans: Will Keith Millard Make A Difference?

The Tennessee Titans had a forgettable season last year when you look at how little the defensive line produced. We all know the story of the Titans ranking second to last this last year so I’ll spare you the long drug out story about it.

The Titans brought in Keith Millard as a pass-rush assistant in hopes of him being able to revive the line. Millard was a first round pick, as well as a two-time Pro Bowl player and also earned Defensive Player of the Year during his time as a player in the NFL. Millard has coached for the Oakland Raiders as well as the Denver Broncos and Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay was his most recent stop. He had been out of the NFL for two years prior to his stint with Tampa Bay this last year. His results left room to desire. The Buccaneers came in last in the league in sacks. The question you have to ask is how much of an effect do you think the lockout had on the lines performance?

I would say it definitely made a difference, as that’s the same thing we’ve been saying here in Tennessee as the Titans had a complete coaching staff change, though the Buccaneers were obviously at a much greater advantage, suffering a much smaller turnover. Either way, as John Glennon of the Tennessean put it, it’ll come down to whether or not Derrick Morgan produces this year. That should be a pretty good sign of whether he’s an effective coach or not.

So far it sounds like he’s teaching them things they’ve never learned before.

Via NFL.com:

A lot of this stuff is new to a lot of these guys, and even talking to some of the veterans, they’re telling me, ‘Coach, I’ve never learned this stuff before,” Millard said, via John Glennon of The Tennessean. “It’s amazing (considering who) some of the guys they’ve been coached by. You’d think they’d have (been taught).

Derrick Morgan has high praise for him thus far, saying he’s very critical of everything they do, doing his best to make sure they are doing everything the best that they can.

I hope he can be a great teacher for our young guys and I expect people like Casey, Klug, and Martin to excel this year anyways, I’m just a little wary after hearing that he was helping with Tampa Bay’s line last season.


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  • dragak1981

    One reason Tampa Bay had so few sacks is they were getting beaten so badly and as a result were getting run on.  They had fewer pass rush attempts…not sure if that means much

  • http://www.justinlstewart.com/ jstitansized

     @dragak1981 Either way it’s a problem with the defensive line. Given, they did have injuries, but they’ve got some pretty decent death and a lot of young guys on that line. Pass or run, you want a better performance.

  • dragak1981

     @jstitansized For sure the Titan’s DL has to do a better job…they had plenty of pass rush opportunities last year because they were in most of their games to the end…I just was wondering if the overall poor state of the Bucs should be a reflection on Millard’s performance…he may not have had much to work with…and you are right.. he does in Tennessee

  • seagle1

    I know Millard wasn’t taking any shots but it is startling that he talked about how surprised he was, given the DL coaches the Titans have had(Wash, and Rocker) that the players were never taught certain techniques.
    Now, to be fair, most coaches coach differently so what may seem essential for Millard to coach may not seem as essential to someone else.
    I think Wash has some pretty serious skins on the wall with what hes done for pass rushers, but Rocker is still unproven.

  • JasonPeters

     @dragak1981 So far most of the hires have been rock solid. I think Gray and Palmer will be looked back on as great hires, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Gray get some HC opportunities in the coming few years. I’ll give FO the benefit of the doubt for now on Millard, and Fisher raved about Rocker, so I’m willing to give him another couple years before final judgement.

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