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Keith Willis
Assistant Defensive Line

Biography

Keith Willis enters his second season with the Titans as assistant defensive line coach and his 23rd season coaching.

Willis played 12 years (1982-93) as a defensive end in the NFL, spending time with Pittsburgh (1982-91), Buffalo (1992) and Washington (1993). During his time in the NFL, he totaled 139 games played, 224 tackles and 59 sacks, including a career-high 14 sacks during the 1983 campaign. All of his sacks came as a Steeler and his 59 career sacks still rank sixth-best in the history of the Steelers.

Last year saw the run defense for the Titans rank second in the NFL, the highest run defense ranking for the team since 2003. Defensive tackle Jurrell Casey earned his second Pro Bowl invite as he set a new career high in quarterback pressures (29) to go along with five sacks.

Willis joined the Titans after three years (2013-15) as the defensive line coach for the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League. In 2015, he guided John Bowman to a league-leading 19 sacks and Montreal finished second in the league in total sacks with 55.
Keith Willis enters his second season with the Titans as assistant defensive line coach and his 23rd season coaching.

Willis played 12 years (1982-93) as a defensive end in the NFL, spending time with Pittsburgh (1982-91), Buffalo (1992) and Washington (1993). During his time in the NFL, he totaled 139 games played, 224 tackles and 59 sacks, including a career-high 14 sacks during the 1983 campaign. All of his sacks came as a Steeler and his 59 career sacks still rank sixth-best in the history of the Steelers.

Last year saw the run defense for the Titans rank second in the NFL, the highest run defense ranking for the team since 2003. Defensive tackle Jurrell Casey earned his second Pro Bowl invite as he set a new career high in quarterback pressures (29) to go along with five sacks.

Willis joined the Titans after three years (2013-15) as the defensive line coach for the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League. In 2015, he guided John Bowman to a league-leading 19 sacks and Montreal finished second in the league in total sacks with 55.

Prior to his time in the CFL, Willis spent 18 years as a college defensive line coach. He worked at North Carolina State (2007-12), Boston College (2001-06), Cincinnati (1999-00) and Slippery Rock (1995-98).

Willis entered the NFL with the Steelers as an undrafted college free agent from Northeastern, where he was a four-year starter and led the team in sacks each of his final three seasons.

A native of Newark, N.J., Willis and wife, Maxine, have a daughter, Jasmine, and a son, Keith Jr.

Keith Willis’ Coaching Timeline:
2016-17:  Asst. Defensive Line, Tennessee Titans
2013-2015:  Defensive Line, Montreal Alouettes
2007-2012:  Defensive Line, North Carolina State
2001-2006:  Defensive Line, Boston College
1999-2000:  Defensive Line, Univ. of Cincinnati
1995-1998:  Defensive Line, Slippery Rock

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