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Tennessee Expressing Interest In Kacy Rodgers

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Several names have popped up as possible replacements for Butch Jones after he was officially ousted from his job on Sunday. High profile candidates like former Oregon head coach Chip Kelly and Memphis head coach Mike Norvell have surfaced since they are known as offensive wizards. But at the moment, they are looking at one of their own since it appears that no one from the outside can get the job done, so whether it is offense or defense, the Volunteers are looking at a defensive mind.

For the moment, New York Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers looks to be the top candidate who is also a Tennessee alumus. Rodgers was a four-year letterman at Tennessee from 1988 to 1991, and was also selected as an honorable mention All-SEC. He played as a linebacker and a defensive end while winning two SEC Championships and participated in the 1990 Cotton Bowl, 1991 Sugar Bowl and the 1992 Fiesta Bowl. Rodgers played all four seasons under Johnny Majors.

Rodgers went undrafted in 1992, but was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers serving as an offseason or practice squad member only. He did however see playing time with the Shreveport Pirates of the CFL in 1994. With his professional playing career brief, he soon turned to coaching at several schools including one season back in the SEC with Arkansas in 2002. Rodgers served mostly as defensive line coach and was also named assistant head coach at Tennessee-Martin (1997) and Middle Tennessee State (2000-01).

Right now he is currently the defensive coordinator for the New York Jets, who’s best player right now is inside linebacker Demario Davis who is the third in the NFL in total tackles with 82 and also leads the team in assists and sacks. Rodgers has served at defensive coordinator since 2015 and is the first time ever holding that position at any level. In that same year, the Jets were nine in total defense while second in the league in rushing defense. The Jets went 10-6 that year, but missed the playoffs.

With no head coaching experience, you have to assume why Tennessee would go this route, not just because he is a former player. It could be time to find someone who is familiar with the territory and understands it inside out. Of course don’t forget about Jon Gruden who once served as a graduate assistant at Tennessee (1986-87).

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