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Meet the Coaching Candidates for the Tennessee Titans

Posted By Dustin Kelver On Jan 5 2014 @ 7:27 pm In Tennessee Titans | No Comments

It’s only been a day since the firing of Mike Munchak and we are already hearing many names floating around.  I’m going to talk about some of the names that the Titans are mentioned to have interest in, and then also throw in some more names that could come up later on.

Darrell Bevell Offensive Coordinator, Seattle Seahawks: [1]

He has ties to Titans GM Ruston Webster back when Webster is in Seattle.  He has been Seattle’s offensive coordinator since 2011 and before that he spent time calling plays in Minnesota.  He was there for the two years when Brett Farve was the QB and also worked with Farve in Green Bay from 2000-2005.  Over the years, I’m sure he has picked up a thing or two about offenses and QB’s, seeming how he worked with one of the best of all time.  Russel Wilson has also progressed nicely in his first two years in Seattle.  Tennessee has a young QB in Jake Locker who I think would benefit from a guy like Bevell.  Apparently, he was the first guy Tennessee contacted and they did so before Munchak was even fired.  That’s what Ian Rapport reported to be true.  So this guy will defintely be in the mix for the next man in charge in Tennessee.

Dan Quinn Defensive Coordinator, Seattle Seahawks: [2]

Another Seattle connection for Ruston Webster here.  He took over for Gus Bradley this year as the defensive coordinator.  Before this season he was the defensive lineman coach and defensive coordinator for the Florida Gators and worked for multiple other teams as a defensive line coach.  Some people wonder about his lack of coordinating experience and whether or not he is just the product of a system.  However, he would still have to be a good coordinator and play caller to be successful in the NFL.  Seattle was the number one defense in the NFL and one of the best at forcing turnovers.  I think the emphasis on his “lack of experience” is a bit ridiculous.  If the guy is a good coach, then he is good coach period.  Chris Mortensen reported that Quinn could be the top candidate for the Titans.  Again, another name that will get some serious attention.

Ken Whisenhunt Offensive Coordinator, San Diego Chargers: [3]

Ian Rapport also mentioned that the Titans are interested in the former Arizona Cardinals head coach.  Whisenhunt is known for helping Ben Roesthlisberger when he was in Pittsburgh and now helping Phillip Rivers in San Diego.  He also made it to the Super Bowl with Kurt Warner as his QB.  He is a great offensive minded guy who could help out the Titans offense, that has some great young players but just haven’t been able to put anything together.  Whisenhunt is also linked to many other jobs and is considered the favorite to be the next Lions head coach and reports even say it is “his job to lose”.  I don’t personally see this one happening because of I think he goes to Detroit.   However, having Whisenhunt call the plays and maybe bring in a guy like Wade Phillips to be the defensive coordinator is very tempting.

Rich Bisaccia Special Teams Coach, Dallas Cowboys: [4]

Yep, people are just writing this guy off because he is a special teams coach.  Well it worked out well for John Harbaugh and the Ravens, also Bill Belicheck (you know the most successful coach of this decade) said that “being a special teams coach was the best preparation to become a head coach”.  He was a special teams coach for a long time before becoming a head coach.  Here is what Jon Gruden had to say about Bisaccia,

“I coached a long time, he’s one of the best coaches I’ve worked with and I’m not just trying to be his agent or publicity manager,” Gruden said. “He’s a tremendous football coach, great with players, smart, works his butt off. I’d hire him as a head coach. If I was in position to interview people and look for quality candidates and he’s certainly one of the best I’ve been around.  Special teams guys — he’s not an offensive coach or a defensive coach, he’s kind of a wefence guy. He was my running backs coach, special teams coordinator, jack of all trades. He’s very good at personnel; he’s got a vast amount of experience. I hope he does get an opportunity to present himself. Sometimes that’s all people need is a chance to get in front of the people that are making these decisions.” 

Pretty strong endorsement from a guy who has won a Superbowl.  If that’s not enough, here is what Derrick Brooks former linebacker for the Buccaneers said,

“He’s gotten the best out of everybody, and for me, being around him since 2002, I jumped at the opportunity to play for him on special teams despite being a starter on defense,” said Brooks, “I wanted to be part of what he was doing with other guys, I was a little jealous. I even inserted myself in practice as a punt returner. I really did want to be a part of what he had going on with our core group of guys on special teams.” 

I really feel like this guy would excellent at player development and motivating players.  He was a running backs coach for a while and I think he would fit into the run oriented team the Titans seem to want.  He has also coached WR, TE, DB, QB, and DE’s.  Even if his X’s and O’s aren’t off the charts, he can hire coordinators for that.  This would be an underrated hire, in my opinion.  He has also been connected to other jobs around the league, and most recently interviewed with the Washington Redskins.  He also has ties to Ruston Webster from Webster’s Tampa Bay days.

James Franklin Head Coach, University of Vanderbilt: [5]

There are reports saying the Titans have interest, how much, I don’t know.  If fans are looking at previous coaching experience’s for other candidates, then I think this interest should worry you.  He does have a winning record in the SEC, and I’ll give him credit for that because Vanderbilt is not a football school.  I think Franklin is one of those guys who is meant for the college game, as he seems to be a very good recruiter.  I’d honestly be stunned if he was the next Tennessee Titans head coach.  He does seem to have some good offense experience under his belt though and that is something that the Titans need.

Now for the names that could come up later on:

Greg Roman Offensive Coordinator, San Francisco 49ers:

He seems to be one of the fan favorites, but you could argue that he is a product of Jim Harbaugh’s system.  He doesn’t have the most impressive resume in the world (before joining Harbaugh he was a offensive coordinator of a high school) Keep this in mind this year the 49ers are 11th in points, 24th in total yards, 30th in passing yards, and 3rd in rushing yards.  Not exactly the most impressive numbers you could put out there.  His work with Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick is something that I think will keep his name in the coaching rumors though.

Mike Zimmer defensive coordinator, Cincinnati Bengals:

Another one of the fan favorites, Zimmer has been rumored to fill a coaching vacancy for many years now.  He is a great defensive mind and a guy who coaches with a lot of fire and passion.  It would be a complete culture change from what the Titans are used to.  Now that the Bengals are out of the playoffs I expect his name to start flying around even more than it already has.

Jay Gruden offensive coordinator, Cincinnati Bengals:

He is the brother of Jon Gruden, and has done a really nice job in Cincy with their offense over the years.  Andy Dalton has surprised some people with his development and AJ Green is becoming a superstar WR.  He may not be “run oriented” enough for the Titans, but he sure knows how to call a game and would really help to develop this offense.

Ray Horton Defensive Coordinator, Cleveland Browns:

Here is a really smart guy who has opened eyes with how well the Browns defense played this season.  He is going to interview with the Minnesota Vikings and possibly other teams as well.  This is one of those guys who will be linked to a lot of the openings and will probably get a ton of interview requests.  This could be someone I at least see the Titans interviewing for the job.


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