CEDAR RAPIDS: The Titans announced today that Florida State University Hall of Famer and former All-Pro New York Jets linebacker Marvin Jones has been named the team's 2018 head coach. Jones, spent the 2017 Indoor Football League season coaching the Colorado Crush.
Jones played 11 seasons for the New York Jets from (1993-2003) after being selected fourth overall in the 1993 NFL Draft. The standout linebacker brings an incredible resume of professional and Division I college football experience to the Titans organization and proven track record of working with professional football's most talented players and coaches.
"I am honored to have the opportunity to work with Marvin McNutt and the wonderful people in Cedar Rapids," said Marvin Jones. "I plan to give it my all and am dedicated to the challenges ahead in guiding this squad to the IFL playoffs. This organization has had tremendous success in this league and it's my goal to get the team back to it's winning ways."
As a player, Jones became the first Florida State University player to capture two national awards in the same year when he earned both the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker and the Lombardi Award signifying the nation's top lineman or linebacker. In 2000, Jones was inducted into the Florida State Hall of Fame and named a NFL First Team All-Pro during the same year.
Jones played in 142 NFL regular season games starting in an amazing 129 of them. Throughout his professional career Jones compiled 1,200 tackles, nine sacks, five interceptions and retired as a New York Jet after the 2004 season. Since his professional career ended Jones started the Marvin Jones Charitable Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting and motivating youth towards success by engaging them in positive experiences though academics, community involvement and sports.
Jones plans on having team GM Marvin McNutt, Mitch Madland, and Scott Porter members of the 2017 coaching staff as part of his 2018 staff.
Titans players report for 2018 training camp on February 4th. A preseason schedule including Opening Night game information will be announced in the next week.