Time to Really Get Serious About the Titans OC Search
The Green Bay Packers shocked the football world when they made Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur the first to fill one of the NFL’s eight head coaching vacancies. Now, the coaching staff is left with a huge hole in its handsomeness rankings. But, perhaps more importantly, Jon Robinson and Mike Vrabel are now on the hunt for the next Titans OC.
Getting LaFleur in the first place was somewhat of an upset. He was getting attention as a head coaching candidate last season, so no one should be surprised that he’s leaving the Titans. He comes from the Shanahan coaching tree, but it was his work alongside meteoric Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay that started getting him some attention. What’s unexpected is that he received such an offer after the 2018 campaign the Titans offense had. I felt pretty comfortable that another season with LaFleur and Marcus Mariota working together would yield much better results (assuming the Titans were healthier on offense next season and addressed the interior offensive line).
That was sort of the understanding all along – we’d get a couple…maybe three…good seasons out of LaFleur before he’d head on to greater opportunities. But, the offense was not good enough and LaFleur was not consistent enough as a play-caller to make me think he’d be out after year one. But, it’s a testament to this year’s pool of coaching candidates. There just isn’t a wealthy crop of talent out there right now, plain and simple.
Everyone is gunning to find the next McVay. We saw it evidenced directly by the Arizona Cardinals yesterday when they announced that Kliff Kingsbury would be their next head coach. LaFleur’s hiring is another example of this phenomenon. That’s just an indicator of the direction of the modern NFL.
So, how do the Titans respond? You can’t expect panic out of Robinson and Vrabel. They’re going to take some time to figure this out. But, to help them along the way (as I’m sure they both read SoBros Network), I figured I would do some real scouting of my own and propose a list of five candidates that I think the Titans should pursue.
Terry Robiskie – “Sometimes you have to take a step back to take two steps forward.” Isn’t that a saying? I think it’s a saying. Anyway, the big problem with this year’s offense was that there weren’t enough jet sweeps to Taywan Taylor. If you bring back Robiskie, and subsequently the golden era of Titans offense, just please be sure to tell him to quit trying to take his dog into restaurants for fuck’s sake.
Mike Leach – The first call I would make is up to Washington State. Notice I didn’t specify “for the Titans OC search.” I just said it’s the first call I would make…for like…anything. You hand me a phone that can dial anyone in the world, I’m calling Mike Leach. But, the man is obviously a genius of offense and is the last real Renaissance man in existence. Maybe that’s JUST what this Titans offense needs.
Derek Dooley – Say what you will about Dooley, but my God, that man could coach offense! We’ve seen how excellently he commands a group of talent – just look at his relationship with Dez Bryant while he was receivers coach for the Dallas Cowboys. Give him a strong run game and a mobile quarterback and it’s only a matter of time before the Titans are clearing off shelf space for Lombardis.
Dan Orlovsky – Have you seen the guy break down film? I mean, clearly he knows what he’s talking about. You could get Tony Romo, but I imagine he’d be a lot more expensive. Since everyone’s going out of the box these days, let’s just be real futurists and sign this guy. Or, let the world’s greatest Madden play-caller take the role. I’m just spitballin’ here.
Jedd Fisch – At this point, let’s just hire anyone who has ever taken a breath in the same room as Sean McVay.
I might write a serious article about this. I might not. Thanks.
Stoney Keeley is the Editor in Chief of The SoBros Network. He is a strong supporter of Team GSD and #BeBetter. “Big Natural” covers the Tennessee Titans, Alabama Crimson Tide football, the WWE, and a whole wealth of nonsense. Follow on Twitter @StoneyKeeley