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Giff Smith
Defensive Line

Biography

Giff Smith is in his 23rd year of coaching, his fifth NFL season and his second with the Titans. He joined the Titans after three seasons (2010-12) as the defensive line coach for the Buffalo Bills.

Last season, saw the Titans defense transition from a 4-3 to a 3-4 front and returning players assuming new roles in the defense. DT Jurrell Casey continued his growth as one of the best defensive linemen in the game, as he posted career highs in tackles for loss (13), quarterback pressures (27) and the second-highest tackle total of his career (86). NT Sammie Hill also posted career highs in a number of categories – tackles (47), sacks (3.0), tackles for loss (7) and quarterback pressures (8).

In Smith’s final season with the Bills, DE Mario Williams arrived as a free agent and posted a team-high 10.5 sacks. Under Smith’s watchful eye, DT Kyle Williams developed into one of the best young interior linemen in the NFL, earning his first Pro Bowl selection in 2010 and a second designation in 2012. In 2011, rookie DT Marcell Dareus led the team with 5.5 sacks and posted 43 total tackles, 10 of which were for a loss.

Prior to joining the NFL circuit, Smith spent 19 years in the college arena. Six of these seasons (2004-09) were spent as the defensive line coach at Georgia Tech. Under his direction, the Yellow Jackets led the nation in sacks (47) in 2007, and ranked second in the nation for tackles for loss. Furthermore, Smith coached current Titans OLB Derrick Morgan to ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2009. Morgan posted 12.5 sacks as a defensive end in his final college season and, over the course of his collegiate career, he registered 19.5 sacks.

Smith launched his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Arkansas (1991-93) and Georgia (1994-95). He went on to spend three seasons (1996-98) coaching the wide receivers and then the secondary for his alma mater, Georgia Southern. Before joining the Georgia Tech staff, Smith spent five seasons (1999-03) at Tulane coaching the defensive line. In his final three years with the Green Wave, he served as recruiting coordinator and also held the title of associate head coach.

A three-time All-America defensive end at Georgia Southern, Smith served as a team captain as a senior and was part of three NCAA I-AA national title teams (1986, 1989, 1990). He was inducted into the Eagles Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000.

A native of Mableton, Ga., Smith and his wife, Jennifer, have two children: Ava and Sam.

Giff Smith Coaching Ledger:

2014-15: Defensive Line, Tennessee Titans
2010-12: Defensive Line, Buffalo Bills
2006-09: Defensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator, Georgia Tech
2004-05: Defensive Line, Georgia Tech
2001-03: Associate Head Coach/Defensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator, Tulane
2000: Defensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator, Tulane
1999: Defensive Line, Tulane
1997-98: Secondary, Georgia Southern
1996: Wide Receivers, Georgia Southern
1994-95: Graduate Assistant, Georgia
1991-93: Graduate Assistant, Arkansas

Giff Smith is in his 23rd year of coaching, his fifth NFL season and his second with the Titans. He joined the Titans after three seasons (2010-12) as the defensive line coach for the Buffalo Bills.

Last season, saw the Titans defense transition from a 4-3 to a 3-4 front and returning players assuming new roles in the defense. DT Jurrell Casey continued his growth as one of the best defensive linemen in the game, as he posted career highs in tackles for loss (13), quarterback pressures (27) and the second-highest tackle total of his career (86). NT Sammie Hill also posted career highs in a number of categories – tackles (47), sacks (3.0), tackles for loss (7) and quarterback pressures (8).

In Smith’s final season with the Bills, DE Mario Williams arrived as a free agent and posted a team-high 10.5 sacks. Under Smith’s watchful eye, DT Kyle Williams developed into one of the best young interior linemen in the NFL, earning his first Pro Bowl selection in 2010 and a second designation in 2012. In 2011, rookie DT Marcell Dareus led the team with 5.5 sacks and posted 43 total tackles, 10 of which were for a loss.

Prior to joining the NFL circuit, Smith spent 19 years in the college arena. Six of these seasons (2004-09) were spent as the defensive line coach at Georgia Tech. Under his direction, the Yellow Jackets led the nation in sacks (47) in 2007, and ranked second in the nation for tackles for loss. Furthermore, Smith coached current Titans OLB Derrick Morgan to ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2009. Morgan posted 12.5 sacks as a defensive end in his final college season and, over the course of his collegiate career, he registered 19.5 sacks.

Smith launched his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Arkansas (1991-93) and Georgia (1994-95). He went on to spend three seasons (1996-98) coaching the wide receivers and then the secondary for his alma mater, Georgia Southern. Before joining the Georgia Tech staff, Smith spent five seasons (1999-03) at Tulane coaching the defensive line. In his final three years with the Green Wave, he served as recruiting coordinator and also held the title of associate head coach.

A three-time All-America defensive end at Georgia Southern, Smith served as a team captain as a senior and was part of three NCAA I-AA national title teams (1986, 1989, 1990). He was inducted into the Eagles Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000.

A native of Mableton, Ga., Smith and his wife, Jennifer, have two children: Ava and Sam.

Giff Smith Coaching Ledger:

2014-15: Defensive Line, Tennessee Titans
2010-12: Defensive Line, Buffalo Bills
2006-09: Defensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator, Georgia Tech
2004-05: Defensive Line, Georgia Tech
2001-03: Associate Head Coach/Defensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator, Tulane
2000: Defensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator, Tulane
1999: Defensive Line, Tulane
1997-98: Secondary, Georgia Southern
1996: Wide Receivers, Georgia Southern
1994-95: Graduate Assistant, Georgia
1991-93: Graduate Assistant, Arkansas

 

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