Former, active NFL head coaches helping Eddie George as he begins his run as Tennessee State coach
Eddie George may not have any experience coaching but that doesn’t mean the former Heisman Trophy winner and Tennessee Titan running back lacks a network to help him get off to a good start as he takes over the Tennessee State football program.
During his formal introduction at Tennessee State on Tuesday, George was asked to provide information on Jeff Fisher’s role with the program. Fisher, the former Tennessee Titans head coach, coached George during the former Titan running back’s time in the NFL.
“I come from the football world but, in terms of the business side, I was not as familiar with it,” George said on Tuesday. “So, who best to reach out to than Jeff Fisher?
“Now, I reached out to various coaches, Coach Mike Tomlin at Pittsburgh, reached out to (Tennessee Titans coach) Mike Vrabel, I reached out to (Cincinnati coach) Luke Fickell. Reached out to guys both in the professional ranks and college ranks to understand what are their day-to-day jobs, to truly get a grasp of their duties, outside of the field. Because that’s where you win, you win with administration, you win with the culture that’s set from leadership.”
While George may have reached out to several prominent coaches around the sport, the new Tennessee State coach praised the mentoring role Fisher has provided for him as he steps into his new role.
“Having Jeff has been invaluable,” George continued. “He’s really has gone out of his way to guide me, to teach me, to show me all the blind spots, things to think about – away from the field. In terms of running things efficiently and setting up your camps and all the stuff that you need to do to present the package for the players, and so forth. So that’s been huge.
“And the thrill of it has been, honestly is reconnecting with Jeff in this capacity. He was been my coach, now he’s my mentor, helping me become a coach. And to talk about our days together and come into Tennessee and the stories that we shared has prepared me for this moment. I mean we were just recollecting on a few things a couple of days ago and it’s been awesome working with him in this capacity.”
Look for those connections to pay off for George as 104.5 FM Nashville radio host Brent Dougherty of 3HL has shared an impressive list of coaches rumored to be joining the Tennessee State staff.
Of the several names to note, George’s defensive coordinator looks to be Brandon Fisher. In case you didn’t know, Brandon is Jeff’s son.
It’s looking like Eddie George will have a very football famous staff at TSU. I’m hearing the following as EG builds his staff:
OC – Hugh Jackson.
DC – Brandon Fisher.
DBs Rod Woodson (as @bbishop23 reported first.)
Trying to get:
DL Clyde Simmons.
LBs Joe Bowden.
— Brent Dougherty (@brentdougherty) April 12, 2021