Titans-Buccaneers Week: Team Connections

Titans-Buccaneers Week: Team Connections

A complete list of connections between the Titans and Buccaneers staff and players.

  • Bucs defensive lineman Kevin Carter played for the Titans from 2001-04. He was a Pro-Bowl selection in 2002, led the Titans in sacks in two seasons and was a three-time Titans Community Man of the Year Award winner.


  • Bucs quarterbacks coach Paul Hackett was an assistant coach at USC while Titans Head Coach Jeff Fisher was playing defensive back for the Trojans.


  • Bucs Head Coach Jon Gruden was a graduate assistant at the University of Tennessee from 1986- 1987. His wife, Cindy, is also a former University of Tennessee cheerleader.


  • Titans special teams coach Alan Lowry served as the special teams and tight ends coach for the Bucs in 1991.


  • Lowry coached special teams and defensive backs for the Dallas Cowboys during the same time Bucs quarterbacks coach Paul Hackett was the passing coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Cowboys.


  • Titans defensive line coach Jim Washburn was performing the same duties at the University of South Carolina when Bucs special teams coordinator Richard Bisaccia was a graduate assistant for the Gamecocks.


  • Bucs offensive assistant coach Jay Gruden was the offensive coordinator

for the Arena League's Nashville Kats in 1997.


  • Titans running backs coach Sherman Smith had the same responsibility

at Miami (Ohio) University while Bucs senior asst./offensive line Aaron Kromer was a graduate assistant after finishing his playing days for the Red-Hawks in 1989.


  • Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz was a scout for the Cleveland

Browns while Bucs wide receivers coach Richard Mann coached the Browns receivers.


  • Titans coaching assistant Richie Wessman played quarterback at USC under then-head coach Paul Hackett, who now coaches Bucs quarterbacks.


  • Titans quarterback Vince Young was a redshirt at the University of Texas during current Buccaneers quarterback Chris Simms' final season with the Longhorns (2002). Simms was also teammates at Texas with Titans tight end Bo Scaife.


  • Titans linebacker Ryan Fowler was a football and track and field standout at Seminole High School in Redington Shores, Fla.


  • Titans rookie wide receiver Chris Davis attended St. Petersburg Catholic High School and went on to play four seasons at Florida State.






  • Buccaneers defensive lineman Jovan Haye played three seasons at Vanderbilt University (2002-04). He totaled 149 tackles and 10.5 sacks during his career there and was named second-team All-SEC as a sophomore.


  • Buccaneers wide receiver Mark Jones played wide receiver and safety and also returned kicks during his career at the University of Tennessee.


  • Buccaneers 2007 second-round draft choice Arron Sears played 44 games in four seasons (2003-06) at the University of Tennessee and earned All-American honors in 2006.



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