Gray named Titans DC

Sports Network

, Last Updated: 7:58 PM ET

NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Titans filled a key vacancy on their coaching staff Saturday, naming Jerry Gray as defensive coordinator.

Gray, who takes over for Chuck Cecil, comes to Nashville after serving as the secondary coach with the Seattle Seahawks last season. Prior to that, he served in that same role with the Washington Redskins from 2006-09, and spent the previous five years as the defensive coordinator with the Buffalo Bills (2001-05).

"Jerry has a number of qualities that I think are assets for this role: he played the game, he coached a position group and he has coordinating experience," said Titans head coach Mike Munchak. "I respected him as a player and coach and he was someone that I knew right away that I wanted to talk to about the position. It was evident to me during interview process that he will fit well with us -- he is familiar with our system and the type of players that we have on the roster."

In 2003 and 2004, Gray led the Bills' defense to second-best in yards allowed and both squads were top-10 in points allowed.

The 14-year veteran of NFL coaching started with the Tennessee Oilers in 1997 as a defensive quality control coach before getting promoted to secondary coach for the 1999 and 2000 seasons.

Gray also played in the NFL for nine years where he was named to the Pro Bowl four times. The defensive back played with the Los Angeles Rams (1985-91), Houston Oilers (1992) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1993).

The University of Texas product was named the NFL's Defensive Back of the Year in 1989 and earned the MVP honors during the 1990 Pro Bowl.


Photos