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Frank Bush enters his second season as the Titans linebackers coach after rejoining the organization in 2011. He started his playing career as a member of the Houston Oilers and this is his second stint as the team’s linebackers coach.

Prior to rejoining the Titans, Bush spent four seasons with the Houston Texans, including the last two as defensive coordinator. He has a total of 20 seasons coaching in the NFL with the majority of his experience working with linebackers.

Last year, he helped two rookies earn starting roles and the two rewarded him with impressive numbers in their initial campaigns. Akeem Ayers started all 16 games at strong-side linebacker and recorded 88 tackles, two sacks, seven quarterback pressures, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Colin McCarthy took over the starting middle linebacker job in the second half of the season and tallied 76 tackles, one interception, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

With Bush as defensive coordinator in 2009, the Texans established new franchise lows for fewest points allowed per game (20.8) and yards allowed per game (324.9); in both 2009 and 2010, Houston yielded the two lowest rushing yardage totals in their franchise’s history. Under his direction, Houston saw the emergence of Mario Williams and DeMeco Ryans into Pro Bowl players and Brian Cushing earned Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2009. His first two years with the Texans, Bush was the senior defensive assistant and worked primarily with the defensive line.

Before joining the Texans, Bush spent three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals as the linebackers coach and was tabbed as assistant head coach for his final year. While with the Cardinals, he guided Carlos Dansby’s development into a top-flight player. The defense as a whole made significant strides during his tenure as they improved from 26th the year before his arrival in total defense to 12th in 2004 and 8th in 2005.

Bush spent nine seasons coaching on Mike Shanahan’s Denver Broncos teams from 1995-03, in a variety of capacities. In his first five years (1995-99) in Denver, he was the linebackers coach. Additionally, he spent one season as secondary coach (2000) and three seasons as the special teams coach (2001-03) with the Broncos. In his time with Denver, Bush earned two Super Bowl rings (XXXII and XXXIII) and during the 1998 Super Bowl season, his linebacker corps (John Mobley, Glenn Cadrez and Bill Romanowski) accounted for the top three tacklers on the team.

Bush started his coaching career with the Houston Oilers as the linebackers coach from 1992-94.

Bush was a three-year starter at linebacker for North Carolina State and was a fifth-round selection of the Houston Oilers in the 1985 NFL Draft. He earned all-rookie honors in his first season before an injury in his second campaign ended his career as a player. He was a teammate with head coach Mike Munchak and offensive line coach Bruce Matthews during his time with the Oilers. Bush stayed with the Oilers following his retirement as a player, joining the front office as a college scout (1987-92).

Born in Athens, Ga., Bush lives in Nashville with his wife, Stephanie.

Frank Bush Coaching Ledger:

2011-12: Linebackers, Tennessee Titans
2009-10: Defensive Coordinator, Houston Texans
2007-08: Senior Defensive Assistant, Houston Texans
2006: Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers, Arizona Cardinals
2004-05: Linebackers, Arizona Cardinals
2001-03: Specials Teams, Denver Broncos
2000: Secondary/Nickel Package, Denver Broncos
1995-99: Linebackers, Denver Broncos
1993-94: Defensive Quality Control/Linebackers, Houston Oilers
1992: Linebackers, Houston Oilers

Frank Bush enters his second season as the Titans linebackers coach after rejoining the organization in 2011. He started his playing career as a member of the Houston Oilers and this is his second stint as the team’s linebackers coach.

Prior to rejoining the Titans, Bush spent four seasons with the Houston Texans, including the last two as defensive coordinator. He has a total of 20 seasons coaching in the NFL with the majority of his experience working with linebackers.

Last year, he helped two rookies earn starting roles and the two rewarded him with impressive numbers in their initial campaigns. Akeem Ayers started all 16 games at strong-side linebacker and recorded 88 tackles, two sacks, seven quarterback pressures, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Colin McCarthy took over the starting middle linebacker job in the second half of the season and tallied 76 tackles, one interception, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

With Bush as defensive coordinator in 2009, the Texans established new franchise lows for fewest points allowed per game (20.8) and yards allowed per game (324.9); in both 2009 and 2010, Houston yielded the two lowest rushing yardage totals in their franchise’s history. Under his direction, Houston saw the emergence of Mario Williams and DeMeco Ryans into Pro Bowl players and Brian Cushing earned Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2009. His first two years with the Texans, Bush was the senior defensive assistant and worked primarily with the defensive line.

Before joining the Texans, Bush spent three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals as the linebackers coach and was tabbed as assistant head coach for his final year. While with the Cardinals, he guided Carlos Dansby’s development into a top-flight player. The defense as a whole made significant strides during his tenure as they improved from 26th the year before his arrival in total defense to 12th in 2004 and 8th in 2005.

Bush spent nine seasons coaching on Mike Shanahan’s Denver Broncos teams from 1995-03, in a variety of capacities. In his first five years (1995-99) in Denver, he was the linebackers coach. Additionally, he spent one season as secondary coach (2000) and three seasons as the special teams coach (2001-03) with the Broncos. In his time with Denver, Bush earned two Super Bowl rings (XXXII and XXXIII) and during the 1998 Super Bowl season, his linebacker corps (John Mobley, Glenn Cadrez and Bill Romanowski) accounted for the top three tacklers on the team.

Bush started his coaching career with the Houston Oilers as the linebackers coach from 1992-94.

Bush was a three-year starter at linebacker for North Carolina State and was a fifth-round selection of the Houston Oilers in the 1985 NFL Draft. He earned all-rookie honors in his first season before an injury in his second campaign ended his career as a player. He was a teammate with head coach Mike Munchak and offensive line coach Bruce Matthews during his time with the Oilers. Bush stayed with the Oilers following his retirement as a player, joining the front office as a college scout (1987-92).

Born in Athens, Ga., Bush lives in Nashville with his wife, Stephanie.

Frank Bush Coaching Ledger:

2011-12: Linebackers, Tennessee Titans
2009-10: Defensive Coordinator, Houston Texans
2007-08: Senior Defensive Assistant, Houston Texans
2006: Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers, Arizona Cardinals
2004-05: Linebackers, Arizona Cardinals
2001-03: Specials Teams, Denver Broncos
2000: Secondary/Nickel Package, Denver Broncos
1995-99: Linebackers, Denver Broncos
1993-94: Defensive Quality Control/Linebackers, Houston Oilers
1992: Linebackers, Houston Oilers

 

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