The Tennessee Titans hired Brian Callahan to be their next head coach, and now it is time for Callahan to fill out his coaching staff.
While there have been rumors about Thomas Brown, Liam Coen, and Bill Callahan potentially joining the Tennessee Titans, that is just speculation. For the first time in the Brian Callahan era, we have the name of a coach that the team is definitely interested in interviewing for a job.
According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, the Tennessee Titans have requested permission to speak with Baltimore Ravens DBs coach, Dennard Wilson.
Wilson has an excellent resume which includes nine seasons as a defensive backs coach, including his most recent stops with the New York Jets from 2017-2020, the Philadelphia Eagles in 2021-2022, and the Baltimore Ravens this season.
It is easy to see why the Tennessee Titans would go after Wilson to be their next defensive coordinator.
During his time as the DBs coach with the Jets, he helped New York turn Jamal Adams into a star and he turned Marcus Maye into a very good safety. Take a look at how both of those players did with and without Wilson.
That is an interesting trend, but it doesn't necessarily mean that Wilson was a great coach, look at what happened when he left Philadelphia. John Glennon perfectly summed up the difference in the Eagles defense without Wilson.
With Wilson in 2022 the Eagles had the best pass defense in the NFL and this season they were one of the worst pass defenses. Meanwhile, the Baltimore Ravens are the best passing defense in the NFL this season with Dennard Wilson as their DBs coach.
Wherever Wilson goes the DBs play better and they miss him when he is gone. Whether talking about safeties or cornerbacks, Wilson seems to be getting the most out of what he is given. Usually, things aren't that simple, but it is pretty cut and dry in Wilson's case.
The only thing that keeps Wilson from being a no-brainer hire as the next DC is that he hasn't been a DC before.
DC is a coaching position where coaches are constantly recycled and there are plenty of talented, experienced DCs floating around out in the ether. Wilson could certainly be a great DC, but there is still the possibility that he is just a great positional coach.
Do the Tennessee Titans want to have a first-time playcaller on both sides of the ball? If he is the right guy then it doesn't really matter, but these are the things you have to consider when you are putting together a new coaching staff.
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