Tennessee Titans are following their recipe for success again

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Step 1: Upgrade your coaching staff

Last season the Tennessee Titans made the smart decision to have Mike Vrabel step away from the defense and allow veteran DC Jim Schwartz to come in.

Call Schwartz an assistant coordinator, assistant head coach, pass-rush specialist, a consultant, or whatever you want to call him, but his influence on Shane Bowen produced amazing results. The defense still had some similarities to the 2020 unit (more 3 DL looks than most teams, heavy rotation at DT, Harold Landry moving around the defense), but the way they attacked offensive lines was night-and-day different.

That led to massive spikes in production from veterans like Kevin Byard and Denico Autry, and also great development for young guys like Jeffery Simmons, Kristian Fulton, Harold Landry, and David Long Jr.

This offseason the Tennessee Titans added Tim Kelly to be the “passing game coordinator” and it is certainly looking like he is going to have a big impact on the offense this season.

When you look back at the development and usage of guys like Deshaun Watson and Davis Mills under Tim Kelly, you have to be encouraged by his understanding of how to amplify the strengths of both players who have much different skill sets. You have to imagine that will help an offense that is much more talented than the one he left behind.