AUSTIN - Nearly a month after he was hired to be the Longhorns' defensive backs coach, Jerry Gray has been hired to be the new defensive coordinator for the Tennessee Titans.
The Titans announced Gray's hiring Saturday.
In a press release, Gray said, "I know the timing of this isn't ideal, but this was something that I couldn't turn down."
Head coach Mack Brown also released a statement, saying, "We're obviously disappointed that Jerry's leaving, but at the same time, we're really excited about the wonderful opportunity he had to be the defensive coordinator of the Titans," Brown said. "It is a chance for him to reunite with a lot of friends he went to the Super Bowl with who came up just one yard short of winning. That's the only place he would have left here for, and we want to wish him the best of luck."
Gray also had this to say when discussing his new job in Nashville. "I am excited to have this opportunity," said Gray. "I have known Mike [Munchak] for a number of years and if he is a head coach like he was a player or a position coach, we are going to be in great shape, because he has had so much success and everything he does. I am looking forward to really getting to know our personnel on defense and creating a defense that takes advantage of our strengths. I am an old school guy that likes to get after the opponent, but you also have to have the players to that – you can't force those things. Our defense will fit what we can do well."
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