Marcus Robertson


Marcus Robertson enters his 23rd season in the NFL and his seventh season as a coach. This season, Robertson was named the Lions secondary coach after serving as the team’s defensive assistant/secondary coach in 2012. He coached the previous five NFL seasons with Tennessee where he started as an assistant secondary coach (2007-08) and finished as their secondary coach (2009-11).

Robertson’s first season assisting with the secondary was 2007. That season the Titans improved from 27th to 10th in pass defense and from 32nd to fifth in overall yardage allowed.

In 2008, three of the four Titans secondary players (CB Cortland Finnegan, S Chris Hope, S Michael Griffin) were invited to the Pro Bowl for the first time in their careers. Overall, the defensive backs collected 19 interceptions, which ranked second in the NFL in interceptions by a secondary. The Titans ranked ninth in pass defense and seventh in total defense.

Robertson was promoted to Secondary coach in 2009 and the Titans finished that season eighth in the NFL in interceptions (20) and second in interceptions returned for touchdown (4). Over the span of his three seasons coaching Tennessee’s secondary (2009-11), the Titans were second in the NFL in average passing yards/completion (10.55).

Robertson played 12 NFL seasons after being drafted out of Iowa State in the fourth round by the Houston Oilers in 1991. He played his first 10 seasons in Houston/Tennessee and finished his career with Seattle (2001-02). Robertson’s NFL career was highlighted by All-Pro seasons in 1993 and 1997. He played in 157 games (144 starts) with 851 tackles, 24 interceptions and 1.5 sacks.

After Robertson’s playing career ended with the Seahawks, he returned to the Titans as their director of player development (2003-06). He spent the next four years assisting players with their career transition into and out of the NFL through continuing education, financial education and dealing with family matters through player programs. Robertson and his staff won the Winston and Shell Award in 2006 for their innovation and commitment to player development in the NFL

Robertson was inducted into the Iowa State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009, where he starred as a cornerback and totaled 257 tackles, six interceptions and nine forced fumbles during his four-year career.

In 2012, Roberston earned a bachelor’s of science degree in management and organizational development from Bethel University.

A native of Pasadena, Calif., Robertson and his wife, Holly, have three children: Morgan, Milan and Marcus Andrew.


Detroit Lions 2012-present

  • Secondary 2013-present
  • Defensive Assistant/Secondary 2012-2013

Tennessee Titans 2007-2011

  • Secondary 2009-11
  • Assistant Secondary 2007-08

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