Alumni Assistant Coaches on the Move in 2011
February 23, 2011
By Bill Boehlke
Dwaine Board – Cleveland Browns Defensive Line Coach
Board was Oakland’s defensive line coach in 2009 after spending six seasons with the Seahawks (2003-2008), where he worked for then-Seahawks head coach and now Browns president Mike Holmgren. Board played most of his pro career with San Francisco and broke into coaching on the 49ers’ staff with Holmgren. He was a member of the San Francisco 49ers’ Super Bowl XVI and Super Bowl XIX winning teams. He was signed by the Browns on January 31, 2011.
Bobby Engram – San Francisco 49ers Offensive Assistant
Engram spent time in more places than just Seattle in his 14-year career, but while a Seahawk he learned the West Coast Offense under former 49ers coach Mike Holmgren. Engram spent eight seasons in Seattle and produced 399 receptions for 4,859 yards and 18 touchdowns during that span. Engram had his best season statistically in 2007 when he finished with over 1,100 yards. His career as a slot receiver came to an end in September, 2010, when the Browns cut him. After one season watching from home, Engram signed with the 49ers on January 28, 2011.
Jeff Fisch – University of Miami Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
Fisch was the quarterbacks coach for the Seahawks in 2010, and even at 34 he will have a lot of experience under his belt with Miami. Fisch has apprenticed under some of the most well know coaches in the game, including Steve Spurrier of the Gators, Brian Billick of the Ravens, and Mike Shanahan of the Bronocos. Fisch was hired on January 13, 2011.
“It became abundantly clear that coach Fisch wanted to be back in college, and more important, he had a passion to be at the University of Miami,” new Miami head coach Al Golden said. “His credentials and skills are the right match for the pro-style offense we will run. Jedd has learned from the best coaches in the game, both professionally and on the college level, and he has taken those experiences to develop his own unique approach.”
Curtis Fuller – Tennessee Titans Asst. Secondary Coach
Fuller played safety for four NFL seasons with the Seahawks (2001-2002), Packers (2003-2004) and Panthers (2004). He worked in the scouting department as an assistant for the Cowboys in 2006. Titans Coach Mike Munchak finalized his coaching staff on March 4, 2010, by hiring Curtis Fuller as assistant secondary coach. Fuller was a special teams assistant in Green Bay in 2009 before working as the coaching administrator last year. He was a special teams assistant in Oakland in 2007.
Jerry Gray – Tennessee Titans Defensive Coordinator
Gray served as the defensive backs coach for the Seattle Seahawks during the 2010 season. He served as the Defensive Backs coach for the Tennessee Titans between 1999 and 2000. On January 17, 2011, Gray returned to his alma mater to join the Texas Longhorns staff as assistant head coach and defensive backs coach. But the deal for Gray to return to the Titans had been in the works for several weeks prior to his hiring, and on February 12, 2011, Gray agreed to terms with the Titans.
Howard Mudd – Philadelphia Eagles Offensive Line Coach
Mudd has been an offensive line coach for various NFL teams since 1974. All told, he has been with the Chargers (1974-76), 49ers (1977), Seahawks (1978-82, 1993-97), Browns (1983-88), Chiefs (1989-92), and Colts (1998-2009). He was talked out of retirement and joined the Eagles on February 2, 2011.
“My wife and I were in retirement in Arizona,” Mudd relates. “We just had a conversation, and she asked me if I thought I was finished. I figured, well, yeah, there are a lot of reasons why… I don’t think about it, I don’t really yearn to go apply for jobs and things like that. The phone rang about an hour later… I don’t know if some kind of providence was there.”
Mike Phair – Chicago Bears Defensive Line Coach
Phair comes to the Bears after spending the last six seasons with the Seahawks, where he worked under Tim Ruskell, now the Bears’ director of personnel. Phair was a defensive assistant this past season and served as an assistant line coach in 2009 and an assistant linebackers coach in 2008. In the three years prior to coaching, he was an area scout under Ruskell. Phair also worked for three years in the college scouting department for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where Ruskell was.
Bears coach Lovie Smith knows Phair well too. Phair was a starting linebacker at Arizona State when Smith was his position coach for the Sun Devils.
Dan Quinn – University of Florida Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line Coach
Quinn was an assistant coach in the NFL ranks for ten years and with four different teams: 49ers (2001-2004), Dolphins (2005-2006), Jets (2007-2008), and Seahawks (2009-2010). He was a defensive line coach in the college ranks from 1994-2000 with three different universities. Quinn doesn’t appear to have any recruiting ties to the area, having spent most of his coaching career in the NFL. He was hired on January 3, 2011.
Art Valero – Tennessee Titans Assistant Offensive Line Coach
Valero joins the Titans after spending the 2010 season with the Seahawks as the assistant offensive line coach. He spent two years (2008-2009) with the St. Louis Rams (2008, asst. head coach/running backs; 2009, asst. offensive line) and six years (2002-2007) with Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2002-2003, tight ends; 2004-2005, running backs; 2006-2007, asst. head coach/running backs). Valero also has 21 years of college coaching experience, all as an offensive line and assistant head coach.
Jim Zorn – Kansas City Chiefs Quarterbacks Coach
Zorn was head coach of the Redskins in 2008-09. He also served as the quarterbacks coach in Seattle for seven seasons (2001-2008) after spending three years with Detroit in a similar position. Zorn was in Baltimore in 2010 as the Ravens’ quarterbacks coach. He was hired by the Chiefs on February 15, 2011.