Chris Petersen – Head Coach – Washington
When looking at coaching candidates, it is important to see sustained success over time. Chris Petersen has that. He has been a head coach for 12 seasons between Boise State and Washington and has never had a losing record. In fact, with Boise State, he only had three seasons where the team had more than one loss. That was over eight seasons. Since taking over for Steve Sarkisian at Washington, Petersen has completely turned that program around. The Huskies went 8-6 in his first season there in 2014. In 2017, they improved to 10-3. Needless to say, Petersen knows how to coach.
He would be a great fit for the Titans because he seems to get the most out of his players. Petersen is detail oriented and not afraid to change his schemes to fit his players. The Huskies use a lot of two tight end sets that would be perfect for Delanie Walker and Jonnu Smith next season. Also, Petersen is not afraid to run an uptempo offense, which Marcus Mariota seems to thrive in. Overall, Petersen is one of the more exciting dark horse candidates out there because he has had such sustained success in college football.