Tennessee Titans Coaching Search: Who Fits?
By Kenneth Goit
Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports
The Tennessee Titans have fired Mike Munchak as the head coach after spending 31 years with the organization. Now the Titans embark on only the second coaching search since the team has been in Nashville. New owner Tommy Smith looks to move the team out of the old Oilers/Titans era and into the Future. GM Ruston Webster will likely hire someone that was not a former assistant for this team. That is really exciting for Titans fans that are tired of seeing the same mediocre team play for the past decade.
So if the Titans plan on moving on into the future, who fits best?
Greg Roman – San Francisco 49ers Offensive Coordinator
This is possibly the best fit for the Titans coaching job. Roman’s offense has done a great job of playing to Colin Kaepernick‘s strengths and making him an NFL quarterback. Jake Locker and Kaep are both very similar players. The Titans have a great offense set up with weapons Kendall Wright, Justin Hunter, and Delanie Walker. If the Titans can bring in Greg Roman, this will be a great fit as he would have a quarterback that could run the same San Francisco offense.
Darrell Bevell – Seattle Seahawks Offensive Coordinator
Bevell has put together a nice offense in Seattle. He seems to be a very good coach that may be ready to move up. He runs another offense for athletic quarterbacks, which would allow Jake Locker to make some plays. If Bevell can bring success to the Titans offense like he did with Russell Wilson, the Titans could be in good shape. Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times even said that Bevell “was born to coach”. He’s happy right now as the OC in Seattle, but he could fit in well with the Tennessee Titans.
Dan Quinn – Seattle Seahawks Defensive Coordinator
Dan Quinn matches up very well for the Titans as well. The team has a lot of talent on defense with pieces Jurrell Casey, Alterraun Verner, Jason McCourty, Zach Brown, and Bernard Pollard. Quinn could take this talented group and transform them to his Seattle masterpiece, which also has a 4-3 setup. Quinn may have inherited a good group from Gus Bradley, but he also helped build them as the defensive line coach under Bradley. I think Quinn may be a very good fit for the Titans.
Jay Gruden – Cincinnati Bengals Offensive Coordinator
Gruden has gotten a lot of hype due to being Jon Gruden‘s brother. He has made some nice improvements to the Cincy offense since arriving in 2011; nevertheless, the offense definitely isn’t the team’s strong suit. I am not sold on Jay Gruden and would not like for the team to hire him despite a Tuesday interview.
Mike Zimmer – Cincinnati Bengals Defensive Coordinator
The offense is not the strong suit of the Bengals… Mike Zimmer’s defense is though. They were very impressive over the past few years. He’s been the coordinator since 2008 and has proven that he can consistently put out a good defense. This is a 4-3 guy that could definitely fit with the talented Titans roster.
Other Good Fits: James Franklin (Head Coach of Vanderbilt), Hue Jackson (Assistant Coach of Cincinnati)
Other Bad Fits: Josh McDaniels (Offensive Coordinator of New England), Jim Caldwell (Offensive Coordinator of Baltimore)
Questionable Fits: Kyle Shanahan (Former Offensive Coordinator of Washington), Ken Whisenhunt (Offensive Coordinator of San Diego)