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Lou Spanos
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Lou Spanos is in his 22nd year of coaching, his 20th in the NFL and third season with the Titans. Spanos joined the staff after spending two seasons as UCLA’s defensive coordinator.

Last year, his group of linebackers put up prolific numbers, as Avery Williamson and Wesley Woodyard finished 1-2 for the team in tackles with each topping the 100-tackle mark. The group of linebackers also posted 23 sacks, which was the sixth-highest total by a group of NFL linebackers last year, led by Brian Orakpo who totaled a team-best seven. The defense also registered their highest ranking since 2008, as they finished 12th in the NFL in total defense.

In 2014, he oversaw a group that transitioned from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defensive front and saw players moving to different positions. Derrick Morgan moved from defensive end to outside linebacker for the first time in his football career. He led the team in sacks (6.5) by matching his career high and set career highs for tackles (82), tackles for loss (13), quarterback pressures (27), passes defensed (9) and forced fumbles (2). Spanos also groomed Williamson, a rookie, as the defensive play-caller. He responded with 107 tackles, three sacks, eight tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries in 12 starts.
Lou Spanos is in his 22nd year of coaching, his 20th in the NFL and third season with the Titans. Spanos joined the staff after spending two seasons as UCLA’s defensive coordinator.

Last year, his group of linebackers put up prolific numbers, as Avery Williamson and Wesley Woodyard finished 1-2 for the team in tackles with each topping the 100-tackle mark. The group of linebackers also posted 23 sacks, which was the sixth-highest total by a group of NFL linebackers last year, led by Brian Orakpo who totaled a team-best seven. The defense also registered their highest ranking since 2008, as they finished 12th in the NFL in total defense.

In 2014, he oversaw a group that transitioned from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defensive front and saw players moving to different positions. Derrick Morgan moved from defensive end to outside linebacker for the first time in his football career. He led the team in sacks (6.5) by matching his career high and set career highs for tackles (82), tackles for loss (13), quarterback pressures (27), passes defensed (9) and forced fumbles (2). Spanos also groomed Williamson, a rookie, as the defensive play-caller. He responded with 107 tackles, three sacks, eight tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries in 12 starts.

In 2013, as defensive coordinator for the Bruins, Spanos’ defense only allowed 23.2 points per game and 34.9 percent on third down, to rank among the top teams in the PAC-12. The team finished eighth in the nation in sacks; and in his two years as coordinator, the Bruins totaled 79 sacks and 58 forced turnovers. During his two seasons with the Bruins, he transitioned 2014 first-round pick Anthony Barr from an offensive player into an All-American linebacker who totaled 23.5 sacks. He also coached DE Datone Jones, who would become the Green Bay Packers first-round pick in 2013.

Prior to his time with the Bruins, Spanos spent two seasons (2010-11) as the linebackers coach for the Washington Redskins, during which time LB London Fletcher earned two Pro Bowl selections and current Titans OLB Brian Orakpo earned one invite.

The previous 15 seasons, Spanos was a defensive assistant with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He joined the Steelers in 1994 as an intern in the scouting department before being promoted to a defensive assistant the following season. As an assistant, he worked closely with the linebackers and the secondary. During this time, the Steelers defense ranked among the top 10 in total yards allowed 13 times, including four number-one rankings. Spanos earned two championships in Super Bowls XL and XLIII, and coached in Super Bowl XXX. During his tenure, nine Steeler linebackers made a total of 19 Pro Bowl appearances – Kevin Greene (2), Greg Lloyd (2), Chad Brown (1), Levon Kirkland (2), Jason Gildon (3), Kendrell Bell (1), Joey Porter (3), James Farrior (2) and James Harrison (3).

Raised in Pittsburgh, Pa., Spanos played four years (1989-92) at center/guard for Tulsa, where he spent one additional season as a student assistant working with the linebackers. He and his wife, Timme, have three children: Zachary, Caleb, and Gabriella.

Lou Spanos’ Coaching Timeline:
2014-2016:  Linebackers, Tennessee Titans
2012-2013:  Defensive Coordinator, UCLA
2010-2011:  Linebackers, Washington Redskins
1995-2009:  Defensive Assistant, Pittsburgh Steelers
1993:  Student Assistant, Tulsa

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