Saturday, July 24, 2010

Tennessee Titans Running Backs Coach

With Kennedy Pola leaving for USC, the Titans are in need of a new RB coach. With training camp starting in a week, it is likely that Jeff Fisher will promote from within. In addition to coaches currently on staff that may have a chance at the job (Marty Galbraith, Dowell Loggains), the coaching tree has come up with three potential replacements:

Charles London

Charles London spent the 2009 season as an offensive quality control assistant with the Bears. Prior to joining the Bears in 2007, London was the RB coach at Duke, where he was also a graduate assistant for two years and played running back for the Blue Devils. During his playing career at Duke, he played for two coaches now with the Titans, Mike Heimerdinger and John Zernhelt. He also worked with Titans assistant special teams coach Marty Galbraith at Duke in 2004.

Todd McNair was most recently the RB coach at USC, but his contract was not renewed. He was linked to the Reggie Bush scandal, and was likely let go as part of USC's housecleaning. Jeff Fisher is a USC alum, and McNair played for the Oilers in 1994 and 1995, Fisher's last year as an assistant and first as head coach. Coaches may shy away from McNair is he has to deal with the NCAA, lawsuits, etc., but he may still be an attractive candidate.

Amp Lee coaches running backs for the Las Vegas Locomotives of the UFL. He also spent time as an offensive quality control assistant with the Cardinals and two seasons in NFL Europe. Lee played RB in the NFL for nine years with the 49ers, Vikings, Rams, and Eagles. In his two years with the 49ers, both Jeff Fisher and Titans special teams coach Alan Lowry were both on the coaching staff in San Francisco. While he doesn't have a lot of high level coaching experience, there is something to be said for having a long and fairly productive playing career.

Jeff Fisher has said that this hire will most likely come from within the current staff, so while it may be fun to throw names around, chances are that either Marty Galbraith or Dowell Loggains will be named RB coach. It is also possible that between these two and Mike Heimerdinger, they collectively pick up the slack and don't officially name anyone the running backs coach.

Update: QB coach Craig Johnson will coach the running backs, and offensive quality control assistant Dowell Loggains will take over as QB coach.

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