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Keith Millard
Defensive Assistant/Pass Rush Specialist

Biography

Keith Millard enters his second season as a defensive assistant/pass rush specialist for the Titans and his 10th season as an NFL coach. In his role with Tennessee, he works with all of the defensive positional groups to improve their pass rush skills.

Last year, his work with a variety of positions became evident as linebackers accounted for 12.5 of the team’s 39 sacks, after the linebacker group accounted for just 5.0 sacks in season before his arrival. The 2012 total also was the most sacks by a Titans linebacker group since 2000. Additionally, DE Derrick Morgan posted the highest sack total of his career (6.5) and led the team in pressures (19); and LB Zach Brown led all NFL rookie linebackers in sacks with 5.5. Overall, the Titans ranked 10th in the NFL in total sacks.

Keith Millard enters his second season as a defensive assistant/pass rush specialist for the Titans and his 10th season as an NFL coach. In his role with Tennessee, he works with all of the defensive positional groups to improve their pass rush skills.

Last year, his work with a variety of positions became evident as linebackers accounted for 12.5 of the team’s 39 sacks, after the linebacker group accounted for just 5.0 sacks in season before his arrival. The 2012 total also was the most sacks by a Titans linebacker group since 2000. Additionally, DE Derrick Morgan posted the highest sack total of his career (6.5) and led the team in pressures (19); and LB Zach Brown led all NFL rookie linebackers in sacks with 5.5. Overall, the Titans ranked 10th in the NFL in total sacks.

Millard joined the Titans after one season as the co-defensive line coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. There he worked with a young defensive line, including rookie DE Adrian Clayborn, who totaled 7.5 sacks.

Prior to his time in Tampa Bay, he spent four seasons (2005-08) as the defensive line coach at the Oakland Raiders. Under his guidance, DE Derrick Burgess posted the only double-digit sacks seasons of his career, earned two Pro Bowl selections and led the NFL in sacks with 16 in 2005. Warren Sapp led all NFL defensive tackles in sacks in 2006 with 10 and it was his first 10-sack season in six campaigns. The Raiders 2006 defense ranked third in the NFL in total defense and first against the pass.

In three years (2002-04) with the Denver Broncos, Millard was part of the staff that fielded defenses that ranked in the top five in the NFL in total defense twice (2002 & 2004). While there, he worked with DE Bertrand Berry, DT Trevor Pryce and DE Reggie Hayward and each posted at least 8.5 sacks during the 2004 season. Under Millard’s coaching, Berry (2003, 11.5; 2004, 14.5) and Hayward (2004, 10.5) produced the only double-digit sack seasons of their careers.

Millard entered the coaching ranks in 1996, as the defensive line coach at Fort Lewis College. After one year, he moved on to Menlo College for three years (1997-2000) as the defensive coordinator/linebackers coach. He then spent one season with the San Francisco Demons (XFL) as the defensive line coach.

Millard had a storied career as a player, spending nine seasons (1985-93) in the NFL, earning NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors in 1989, three All-Pro nods, two Pro Bowl invitations and being named to the NFL 1980’s All-Decade Team. He still holds the NFL record for sacks in a season by a defensive tackle with 18 in 1989. He played in 93 NFL games for four different teams (Minnesota, Seattle, Green Bay, Philadelphia) and totaled 58 career sacks.

Millard began his career in the USFL, playing one year with the Jacksonville Bulls in 1984 and ranked second in the league in sacks (12), behind Reggie White (12.5).

He earned All-Pac-10 honors at Washington State as a senior and was a first-round selection (13th overall) by the Minnesota Vikings in the 1984 NFL Draft.

Raised in Northern California, Millard and wife, Paula, have six children: Dustin, Johnny, Jack, Keith Jr., Mandy and Kade.

Keith Millard Coaching Ledger:
2012-13: Defensive Assistant/Pass Rush Specialist, Tennessee Titans
2011: Co-Defensive Line, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2005-08:
Defensive Line, Oakland Raiders
2002-04: Asst. Defensive Line/Pass Rush Specialist, Denver Broncos
2001:
Defensive Line, San Francisco Demons (XFL)
1997-2000:
Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers, Menlo College
1996: Defensive Line, Fort Lewis College

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