MOBILE Ala. _ The Tennessee Titans have added former Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman Keith Millard as an assistant coach/pass rush specialist.
The move is being made to help improve the pass rush of the Titans defensive linemen and linebackers.
“We are bringing Keith in to help all of our players with their pass rush skills, whether that is the d-line, Akeem Ayers and the linebackers or even the defensive backs,” Titans coach Mike Munchak said. “His position is actually one that I considered for the staff when I took over last year, but the timing didn’t allow for it. Keith brings a great deal of energy and passion in addition to a great demeanor. Unfortunately, I can personally attest to his ability as a player, but he also has the rare ability to teach the game within the game and the art of the pass rush.”
Millard coached in Tampa Bay, working with young defensive linemen and also spent four years as the Oakland Raiders defensive line coach. Under his guidance, DE Derrick Burgess earned two Pro Bowl selections and led the NFL in sacks with 16 in 2005. Warren Sapp led all NFL defensive tackles in sacks in 2007 with 10.
Millard also spent four seasons (2002-04) with the Denver Broncos as Assistant Defensive Line Coach/Pass Rush Specialist. In his time at Denver, he helped his group finish fourth in the NFL for sacks by a defensive line in 2004, and the only group to have three players (Bertrand Berry, Trevor Pryce, Reggie Hayward) post at least 8.5 sacks.
“I was really impressed in my conversations with Mike (Munchak),” said Millard. “He has had a great deal of success as a player and a coach and I agree with his principles of tradition, discipline, hard work and dedication. I became a student of pass rushers during my time in college and carried that through my NFL career. Now as a coach, I use those same skills to teach the players how to build on their own attributes.”