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Russ Grimm
Offensive Line

Biography

Russ Grimm enters his second season with the Titans as offensive line coach and his 23rd year as an NFL coach. Grimm is a member of the game’s greatest fraternity, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, for his 11-year playing career (1981-91) as a guard for the Washington Redskins. He is one of only 14 full-time guards to receive Hall of Fame status. As a player and a coach, Grimm has earned trips to six Super Bowls, including four wins.

He spent six seasons (2007-12) as the assistant head coach/offensive line coach for the Arizona Cardinals and six years (2001-06) with the Steelers, including three seasons when Mike Mularkey was the offensive coordinator.

Last year saw a dramatic improvement in play from the offensive line as they earned acclaim as one of the best lines in the NFL. In his third NFL year, tackle Taylor Lewan earned his first Pro Bowl invitation and rookie tackle Jack Conklin earned first-team AP All-Pro honors, becoming the first Titans rookie to earn AP All-Pro honors since Jevon Kearse in 1999. The line paved the way for the AFC’s leading rusher, DeMarco Murray, and allowed the seventh lowest sack total in the NFL, after ranking 32nd in 2015.
Russ Grimm enters his second season with the Titans as offensive line coach and his 23rd year as an NFL coach. Grimm is a member of the game’s greatest fraternity, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, for his 11-year playing career (1981-91) as a guard for the Washington Redskins. He is one of only 14 full-time guards to receive Hall of Fame status. As a player and a coach, Grimm has earned trips to six Super Bowls, including four wins.

He spent six seasons (2007-12) as the assistant head coach/offensive line coach for the Arizona Cardinals and six years (2001-06) with the Steelers, including three seasons when Mike Mularkey was the offensive coordinator.

Last year saw a dramatic improvement in play from the offensive line as they earned acclaim as one of the best lines in the NFL. In his third NFL year, tackle Taylor Lewan earned his first Pro Bowl invitation and rookie tackle Jack Conklin earned first-team AP All-Pro honors, becoming the first Titans rookie to earn AP All-Pro honors since Jevon Kearse in 1999. The line paved the way for the AFC’s leading rusher, DeMarco Murray, and allowed the seventh lowest sack total in the NFL, after ranking 32nd in 2015.

During Grimm’s time with the Cardinals, the team reached new heights, including their first Super Bowl appearance following the 2008 season. In his first season (2007) with the team, the offensive line allowed only 24 sacks, the sixth best total in the NFL and the best by the franchise since 1978, while paving the way for Edgerrin James to rush for 1,222 yards. In 2008, quarterback Kurt Warner ranked second in the league in passing yards (4,583) and third in passer rating (96.9).

Prior to his time in Arizona, Grimm spent six years with the Steelers as the offensive line coach. His final three years, he added the title of assistant head coach, becoming the first and only coach to hold that title on a Bill Cowher staff. In 2005, the Steelers won Super Bowl XL and the team averaged 140 yards rushing per game, which ranked fifth in the NFL. Under his guidance, Alan Faneca earned his first Pro Bowl selection and he would go on to earn Pro Bowl honors in each of their six years together.

Grimm started his coaching career at the Washington Redskins as the tight ends coach in 1992. He spent five seasons in that role before moving to offensive line coach for four seasons (1997-2000). Washington tackles Jon Jansen and six-time Pro Bowler Chris Samuels, each earned starting spots as rookies, under Grimm’s tutelage.

Grimm was an 11-year starter at guard for the Redskins, who earned four trips to the Super Bowl (XVII, XVIII, XXII, XXVI), four Pro Bowl selections (1983-86), was selected to the NFL’s All-Decade team (1980’s) and was an original member of the “Hogs” offensive line. In 2010, Grimm was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

An All-America center at the University of Pittsburgh, Grimm was selected by the Redskins in the third round (69th overall) of the 1981 NFL Draft. Raised in Scottdale, Pa., Grimm played quarterback and linebacker at Southmoreland High School and was inducted into the Western Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

Grimm is the father to three sons – Chad, Cody, and Dylan – and one daughter, Devin. All of his children have athletic backgrounds with Chad currently coaching outside linebackers for the Washington Redskins, Cody coaching at Virginia Tech, Dylan was a captain of the Loyola – Maryland lacrosse team that won a National Title in 2012 and Devin played soccer at St. Mary’s College in Maryland.

Russ Grimm’s Coaching Timeline:
2016-17:  Offensive Line, Tennessee Titans
2007-2012:  Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line, Arizona Cardinals
2004-2006:  Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line, Pittsburgh Steelers
2001-2003:  Offensive Line, Pittsburgh Steelers
1997-2000:  Offensive Line, Washington Redskins
1992-1996:  Tight End, Washington Redskins

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