Window shopping for Tennessee Titans next offensive coordinator
By Brady Akins
Mike Kafka, Chiefs QBs Coach
Mike Kafka is in his first year as the Kansas City Chiefs quarterbacks coach and his second year working with the franchise. Kafka helped produce one of the best seasons a quarterback has ever had in 2018, mentoring Patrick Mahomes on his way to winning the MVP in just his second year.
In 2019 with Kafka serving as quarterbacks coach, Mahomes got off to a similarly dominant start before injuries caught up to him.
Replacing Mahomes as the Chiefs’ starter was career backup, Matt Moore. Moore hadn’t been much more than an average backup quality quarterback during his NFL career, but has thrived when pressed into action in Andy Reid’s offensive scheme, and with Kafka as his position coach.
Kafka played a big role in making Moore look like a starting-caliber quarterback for the first time in his NFL career and might be able to jump-start a Titans passing attack that has struggled to produce for a few years.
With the Titans presumably moving on from Marcus Mariota at quarterback, the team could be looking to find his replacement in this year’s draft. If that is the case, having an offensive coordinator with experience coaching the position could be vital for the young quarterback’s development.
Hiring Kafka as the team’s offensive coordinator would mean bringing in a guy that has worked and helped develop one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL in Mahomes. It would mean hiring someone who was able to find offensive success with an uninspiring backup. And it would mean having a guy on staff who has worked closely and prominently in one of the best offenses in the NFL.