Titans Make Unexpected Coaching Change
The Titans made an unexpected coaching change this week.
Fresh on the heels of a disappointing defeat to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game, Tennessee’s coaching staff will undergo a makeover
The team’s defensive backs coach Kerry Coombs is headed to Ohio State to serve as Ryan Day’s new defensive coordinator.
Vrabel initially hired the 58-year-old to help lead his defense when he first arrived in Tennessee.
Coombs was originally the cornerbacks coach, special teams coordinator and assistant defensive coordinator with the Buckeyes.
Coombs will fill the vacancy left behind by Jeff Hafley, who left Ohio State to become the new head coach at Boston College.
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“I never want to be the coach that keeps people from doing the things they need to do,” Vrabel said of the departure.
“I’ve had that happen to me. I am happy for Kerry and he’s on his way to Columbus.”
Day was very happy to have been able to get Coombs on board.
“Kerry Coombs is the coach I was really hoping we could hire and bring back to Ohio State,” he admitted.
“He is an excellent coach and he has had two outstanding seasons in the NFL on Mike Vrabel’s staff with the Tennessee Titans.
Shortly after the announcement was made, some of the Titans’ defensive stars spoke out about the impact Coombs had.
“He brought intensity every day. He never changed. He came into every meeting super excited for the day,” said Kevin Byard.
“He was out there at practice, super excited. We worked extremely hard, we practiced extremely hard and he laid it out on the line for us every day.
“I am happy and blessed that I was able to be coached by him. He came from there and I know that school means a lot to him. He was great for us and he helped us a lot as a DB group.”
Thanks to a great rushing attack and equally ferocious defense, the Titans shocked the world this past year and made it to the AFC title game. To do so, they had to upset both the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens.
Ultimately, Tennessee fell just one game shy of Super Bowl LIV.