Chuck Cecil is in his 10th season as a Titans coach and his second as defensive coordinator.
In his first season at the controls, Cecil continued the tradition of great run defense, which finished the season 11th in the NFL, while dealing with a number of injuries early and late in the season. Tennessee ranked eighth in the league in interceptions (20) and second in interceptions returned for touchdown (4). Over the last three years, Tennessee ranks third in the NFL in interceptions (62) behind Green Bay and Baltimore. Over last 10 games of the season, the Titans earned an 8-2 record as the defense ranked 11th in the league in scoring defense over that period.
In 2008, as the secondary coach, Cecil oversaw a group that developed into one finest in the NFL, as three of the four players (Finnegan, Hope, Griffin) were invited to the Pro Bowl for the first time in their careers. It was the first time in franchise history that three players from the secondary represented the team in the Pro Bowl. Overall, the defensive backs collected 19 interceptions, which ranked second (Green Bay) in the NFL in interceptions by a secondary. The Titans ranked ninth in pass defense and seventh in total defense.
In 2007, the secondary recorded 14 interceptions and the team total of 22 ranked second in the NFL. Rookie safety Michael Griffin and second-year cornerback Cortland Finnegan took significant strides and solidified their starting roles. Griffin recorded three interceptions, the most by a Titans/Oilers rookie safety since Bubba McDowell recorded four in 1989.
In his time coaching safeties (2004-06), Cecil oversaw the transition of the Titans safeties from a traditional "in the box" strong safety and deep free safety into a system that requires an all-round player that can play either spot and creates a defense that is more flexible. Under his direction, safety Chris Hope emerged as a consistent playmaker and the undisputed leader of the Titans secondary. He registered career highs in tackles (128) and interceptions (5) in 2006.
Cecil originally joined the Titans coaching staff as defensive assistant coach in 2001 and was promoted in 2004, to work with the safeties and nickel backs.