Former Tennessee OC Jim Chaney lands NFL job
A well-known and veteran offensive coordinator throughout the SEC, Jim Chaney has landed a new job following the fallout of the firing of Jeremy Pruitt from the Tennessee program. Chaney is staying in the South, but headed to the NFL.
The New Orleans Saints have added Chaney to their staff as an offensive analyst.
Chaney, who has coached football, primarily college, for 37 years, arrives in New Orleans following his second stint at Tennessee (2009-12, 2019-20), which followed stints at Georgia (2016-18), Pittsburgh (2015), Arkansas (2013-14), Purdue (1997-2005) and Cal State Fullerton (1988-92).
Chaney is a native of Holden, Missouri and played at Central Missouri State. This is the second time Chaney will coach in the NFL. Chaney had a three-year stint with the St. Louis Rams, where he served as their offensive line coach from 2006-07 and tutored their tight ends in 2008.
Chaney’s news comes about five weeks since it was reported by Chris Low of ESPN that Josh Heupel would not retain him for the new Vols staff. Chaney is reportedly owed $1.7 million on the remaining portion of his contract, though it is expected to be mitigated by his new salary.
The Vols were 11th in the SEC in total offense last season, 12th in 2019. His offenses at Georgia in 2017 and ’18 were both fifth in the SEC.