A few weeks ago, the Titan Sized staff ran a feature exploring possible replacements for Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Chris Palmer when he was given the pink slip. Now that the Titans decided to give up 55 freakin’ points in -14 degree weather, it’s time to look for a new Defensive Coordinator as well.
The year started out deplorable for the Tennessee Titans defense, giving up an average 34 points per game through the ninth game of the season. Since then the bleeding had been stemmed, and Jerry Gray’s defense held opponents to a respectable 17.6 points a game for the next 5 games. That is until they went to Lambeau. The Packers put up 55 on the hapless Titans , marking the second time this year they’ve allowed over 50. Something that should only happen generationally, if ever.
The Titans have now broken the franchise record for point allowed in a season. The defense looked to be turning it around, but now it looks like it was more of a result of who the Titans played, rather than a tightening of the defensive ship.
So in honor of Jerry Gray’s potential demise, the staff here at TitanSized has put together a list of possible Defensive Coordinator candidates the Titans may be interested in.
Justin Stewart, Editor : Jerry Gray
Josh Gunnels, Staff Writer : Mike Pettine
A few weeks ago it was reported that Jet’s Defensive Coordinator, Mike Pettine, turned down a contract extension. Black Monday is coming, and my hunch is that Pettine is hoping to hold out for a Head Coaching gig somewhere. That or he;s just tired of being part of the NY Jets/Rex Ryan circus. Either way, the Jet’s defense has been more than solid over his tenure. They currently rank 2nd against the pass and 29th against the run. I’ll actually take that in a division that’s going to be seeing Andrew Luck twice a year. If Pettine doesn’t get the Head Coaching job he’s looking for, then maybe he would enjoy the calmer and sunnier life in Nashville for a few years.
Russell Griffin, Contributor: Romeo Crennel
After having let up the most points in franchise history, there has been talk in Titans camp about a possible switch at the defensive coordinator position. Jerry Gray had a successful first season last year, but the defense digressed this year; part of which can be attributed to injuries, youth, and some holes on the defense.
Mike Munchaks recent comments about Gray, lead you to believe that he is willing to retain Gray. He hinted to building with the current players, and even adding key veterans through free agency.
If Gray is not retained, a few names I would like to see pursued are the recently fired Romeo Crennel and Ken Whisenhunt. Both are proven defensive guys, and are extremely credible coaches. Munchak has shown in the past that he likes hiring “his guys”, and most of his staff is filled with coaches/players that he has some form of connection with.
Jason Peters: Jerry Gray