2013 Tennessee Titans Offseason Review: Coaches
Dec 22, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson (right) talks to wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) during the first quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports
Tennessee Titans players weren’t the only ones who answered for the disappointing 6-10 2012-13 NFL season. Head coach Mike Munchak started to reshuffle his coaching staff when, with five games left, he removed Chris Palmer from his job as offensive coordinator. Dowell Loggains was promoted from quarterbacks coach.
Loggains kept his job and won the opportunity to install his offense with Chris Johnson, Kenny Britt, Justin Hunter and Delanie Walker, among others. Despite overlooking a defense that allowed 471 points, Jerry Gray remained as the defensive coordinator.
Assistant coaches weren’t as fortunate. Among the biggest names released: Alan Lowry. Lowry had served 17 seasons with the Titans, 14 as the special teams coach. He’s known as the special teams coordinator for the famed Music City Miracle play. Special teams were largely responsible for three of the six wins. That made his dismissal somewhat surprising.
Below is a list that includes new coaches and former coaches who were reshuffled. Here was the Titans’ official announcement for most of those signings:
Gregg Williams (Senior Defensive Assistant Coach)
Shawn Jefferson (Wide Receivers Coach)
George Henshaw (Tight Ends Coach)
Sylvester Croom (Running Backs Coach)
Dave Ragone (Quarterbacks Coach, Previously Wide Receivers Coach)
Nate Kaczor (Special Teams Coach, Previously Assistant Offensive Line Coach)
Chet Parlavecchio (Linebacker Coach, Previously Special Teams Assistant Coach)
Jefferson was known as the wide receivers coach who developed Calvin Johnson. Could he have the same effect on Britt or Hunter?
One of the most baffling headlines came when Parlavecchio was promoted from special teams assistant coach to linebackers. That’s awkward when one considers that the special teams coordinator was given his walking papers. Not only did Parlavecchio get promoted but he was put in charge of a linebacker core that may have more potential than any other unit. This unit includes Akeem Ayers (third year), Colin McCarthy (third year), Zach Brown (second year) and Zaviar Gooden (rookie).
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