Tennessee Titans interview Steelers DB coach Teryl Austin for DC job

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Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel watches his team during their game against the Baltimore Ravens in Nashville on January 10, 2021.
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Titans are looking to hire a defensive coordinator

After the Tennessee Titans lost in the wildcard round of the playoffs against the Baltimore Ravens, the team quickly moved into the offseason where a lot of changes are expected.

Some players are hitting free agency and coaches are moving to new positions on other teams, including offensive coordinator Arthur Smith who took the head coach position on the Atlanta Falcons.

However, the most critical move will possibly come in the Titans decision to hire a defensive coordinator. After incumbent DC Dean Pees retired at the end of the 2019 season, the Titans interestingly opted to not fill the role but to delegate the responsibilities across various coaches on staff.

Under Dean Pees, the Titans defense was leaky between the 20-yard line markers but held incredibly strong in the red zone. The stifling red zone defense paired with an opportunistic secondary and creative blitzes often overcame many of the concerning holes in the defense.

In 2020, the Titans defense completely fell apart. All-Pro caliber players like Kevin Byard and Jayon Brown were sloppy and missed assignments while the makeshift pass rush generated non-existent pressure on the quarterback that led the Titans to have one of the worst 3rd down defenses in NFL history.

With news this week that the Titans to interview candidates for the DC position, the Titans have come to terms with the fact that the decision last year failed miserably. The Titans are starting their search with Steelers secondary coach Teryl Austin. Let’s take a look at who Teryl Austin is and what it means for the Titans.

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