Munchak opts to shuffle the deck
After a frustrating week-plus of not announcing any new hires or moves, The Titans announced just about all of them this afternoon. While they won't wow many fans, there are some moves here that I like. Here's the full list:
Old faces, new job:
Dave Ragone: was WR coach, now QB coach
Nate Kaczor: was assistant offensive line coach, now special teams coach
Chet Parlavecchio: was special teams assistant, now linebackers coach
Shawn Jefferson: wide receivers coach
Sylvester Croom: running backs coach
George Henshaw: tight ends coach
Dowell Loggains is the offensive coordinator.
The two moves that jump out at me as good moves involve moving Ragone to QB coach, and bringing Sylvester Croom about to help with the running backs. Ragone has done a nice job as the WRs coach through his first two seasons with the team, as evidenced by the strong play of guys like Nate Washington, Kendall Wright and Lavelle Hawkins. Ragone was a stellar QB at Louisville before stalling out at the NFL level, and I think he's a guy who could be a great influence on Locker.
Croom is a name SEC fans will spot right away. He was one of Bear Bryant's first African American recruits at Alabama, and became the first black head coach in SEC history when he took over at Mississippi State in 2004. Outside of that spot, he's been an offensive coordinator and running backs coach for several NFL teams from 1987 on. He brings instant credibility, and is the kind of man Chris Johnson would be well served to listen to daily.
There's not a ton to say about the rest of the moves. Parlavecchio is one of Munchak's closest friends, and has a reputation as a fiery motivator.