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Bruce Matthews
Offensive Line

Biography

A legendary figure in the history of the Titans/Oilers franchise, Matthews enters his third season as offensive line coach after re-joining the organization in 2011. He joined the coaching staff after spending two seasons as an offensive assistant for the Houston Texans.

Last year, Matthews had to deal with an ever-changing lineup due to injuries as the offensive line accounted for 36 missed starts and each of the five starters at the beginning of training camp missed at least one game during the season. Despite the changes, RB Chris Johnson still topped the 1,200-yard rushing mark and the line yielded only 39 sacks.

A legendary figure in the history of the Titans/Oilers franchise, Matthews enters his third season as offensive line coach after re-joining the organization in 2011. He joined the coaching staff after spending two seasons as an offensive assistant for the Houston Texans.

Last year, Matthews had to deal with an ever-changing lineup due to injuries as the offensive line accounted for 36 missed starts and each of the five starters at the beginning of training camp missed at least one game during the season. Despite the changes, RB Chris Johnson still topped the 1,200-yard rushing mark and the line yielded only 39 sacks.

In 2011, the offensive line continued a long string of success in protecting the passer with the second-best sacks allowed total in the NFL (24). Over the last 11 years (2002-12), the team ranks second in the league in sacks allowed with 297 (27 per season). This despite have a number of different quarterbacks behind center and offensive coordinators calling the plays.

Matthews returned to the franchise where he became one of the most decorated offensive linemen to ever play in the NFL. Matthews played 19 seasons for the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans, earning 14 consecutive Pro Bowl selections, nine first-team All Pro honors while helping his teams earn nine playoff appearances. He played all five positions on the offensive line during his tenure with the team and was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007, in his first year of eligibility. He was introduced into the Hall of Fame by his former teammate Mike Munchak, after providing the introduction for Munchak’s induction in 2001. Matthews became the first current NFL player to provide an introduction for a Hall of Famer.

Matthews was a first-round pick (ninth overall) of the Houston Oilers in the 1983 NFL Draft from the University of Southern California. A starter as a rookie, Matthews would go on to start 166 games at guard, 87 at center and 39 at tackle during his time with the team. At the time of his retirement, he had played more games (296) than any non-kicker in NFL history and never missed a game due to injury. He retired following the 2001 season and was honored by the franchise in 2002 by having his number 74 jersey retired. He was selected as a guard to the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 1990’s and was one of two players to start every game during the decade.

Following his retirement, Matthews returned to Houston with his family and served as a volunteer coach at Elkins High School and coached youth football until joining the Texans. Raised in Southern California, he and his wife, Carrie, have seven children: Steven, Kevin (who currently plays for the Washington Redskins), Marilyn, Jake (a senior at Texas A&M), Michael (a sophomore at Texas A&M), Luke and Gweneth.

Bruce Matthews Coaching Ledger:
2011-13: Offensive Line, Tennessee Titans
2009-10:
Offensive Assistant/Quality Control, Houston Texans

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