The Tennessee Titans’ coordinators meet with the media every Thursday and on this day both offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains and defensive coordinator Jerry Gray had nothing but praise for former Titans coach Jeff Fisher, whose St. Louis Rams host Tennessee on Sunday (noon, CBS).
Fisher gave both their first jobs as NFL coaches.
Gray was a four-time Pro Bowl cornerback in a nine-year career that ended in 1993. After two years as a secondary coach in college he joined the Tennessee Oilers in 1997 as defensive quality control assistant. After two seasons he was promoted to secondary coach.
“He was the first to give me a chance to be hired in the NFL,” Gray said. “You take your hat off to a guy who would give a young guy a chance … never having [coached] in the league. … Fortunately we went on to a Super Bowl [when I was] a secondary coach. That’s when we kind of split. … I thank him for that.”
Loggains became the Titans offensive quality control coach in 2008 after two years as their coaching administrative assistant. Before that he spent one year as a scouting assistant with the Dallas Cowboys. As with Gray, he was promoted after two seasons, in his case to quarterbacks coach.
“I was a scouting intern for Coach [Bill] Parcells in Dallas when Coach Fisher gave me the opportunity to be a coach and then moved me up and gave me the passing game coordinator title, made me the passing game coach,” Loggains said. “When [Mike Heimerdinger] got sick he gave me the opportunity run the offense when [Heimerdinger] was down. I’ll never be able to repay Coach Fisher for that opportunity. He’s someone I have a special relationship with an look up to.”
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