The Tennessee Titans have had their struggles on offense, but a vanilla looking defense (despite the sack total) was a huge problem all year. If the Titans current coaching staff could chose anyone in football to help bring a new set of eyes to the problem, that would likely be the man that was just fired by the Pittsburgh Steelers: Dick LeBeau.
For those that don't know, here is a quick run down of LeBeau's credentials:
-56 consecutive seasons of NFL-level football as either a player or a coach.
-Six-time AFC Champion, two-time Super Bowl Champion
-Coach of recent All-Pro caliber players like James Harrison, Lamar Woodley, Casey Hampton, Troy Polamalu, and others.
The longtime Steelers coach announced that he would be resigning from the Steelers, but would not be retiring from the sport. That implies that he would be open to coaching, though a DC job is not likely considering his age. The working theory is that some team will hire him as a consultant, much like Tom Moore who is an offensive consultant in Arizona.
Some (including me) think that Tennessee makes the most sense:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>And, LeBeau is also very close with Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt and DC Ray Horton. Could see him as a consultant there too</p>— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) <a href="https://twitter.com/JasonLaCanfora/status/554047592255213570">January 10, 2015</a></blockquote>
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The Titans are one year through a transition to a Steelers-type defense, and with a big draft coming up having LeBeau there to help decide between Leonard Williams, Shane Ray, Leonard Williams, Randy Gregory, or Leonard Williams (the Titans should really draft Leonard Williams) could be helpful. Also, with a lot of money in cap space this offseason, it isn't a stretch to think that Titans will be players in some big name free agents too, so LeBeau could help build this defense from the ground up if he wanted.
I'm not saying any of this will happen, just that I believe it would be a good move, and that has nothing to do with my infatuation with James Harrison's ability to destroy opposing QBs and his love for LeBeau (meaning that the Titans could land him).