The Tennessee Titans will lose secondary coach Kerry Coombs to Ohio State.
Tennessee Titans secondary coach Kerry Coombs will be leaving the team to take the position of co-defensive coordinator with Ohio State.
UPDATE: Ohio St. has officially announced the hiring of Coombs.
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According to a report by Austin Ward of Lettermen Row, Ohio St. is set to announce the hire of Coombs on Monday afternoon.
"Kerry Coombs is set to return to the Buckeyes after a two-year stint working with the Tennessee Titans, multiple sources with knowledge of the hire confirmed to Lettermen Row.Ohio State is expected to formally announce Coombs as the next coordinator of the defense on Monday afternoon, and he’ll also again be working with the secondary."
This is a move that has been in the works for awhile now, although Ohio St.’s plans to officially bring Coombs in was put on hold as the Titans made an improbable run in the playoffs.
Prior to his days in Nashville, Coombs spent six seasons as a coach with the Buckeyes, working with the cornerbacks and special teams. He was responsible for the recruiting and development of a slew of defensive backs that were eventually taken in the first round of the NFL Draft.
Coombs will serve as the co-defensive coordinator along with Greg Mattison. The position opened up after former co-DC, Jeff Hafley, left to take the head coaching position at Boston College.
Coombs served as the secondary coach for the Titans for two seasons and saw great success, as Tennessee’s secondary has been one of the better units in the NFL. The Titans’ secondary has dubbed itself “MMCNB” or “My Man Catch No Balls”.
The Titans are going to have some big shoes to fill now that he’s gone.
One would assume the favorite to land Coombs’ role will be Scott Booker, who is currently the assistant DBs coach.