A look into DC Dean Pees’ defensive staff
Name: Shane Bowen
Role: Outside Linebackers Coach
NFL Coaching Experience: 2 seasons
Positions Coached: Defensive Assistant (Houston, 2016-2017)
Collegiate Coaching Experience: Assistant (Georgia Tech, 2009-2011), Graduate Assistant (Ohio State, 2012), and Linebackers (Kennesaw State, 2013-2015).
Coaching Track Record
Shane Bowen’s NFL coaching career began in the AFC South. After spending close to a decade coaching college football, Bowen was given the opportunity to join the Houston Texans coaching staff.
Bowen was employed as a defensive assistant. He was brought onto a staff compiled of a handful of “Belichick disciples” in HC Bill O’Brien, DC Romeo Crennel and LB Coach Mike Vrabel.
Under Crennel, the defensive staff helped the Texans secure the throne as the number one defense in football. Considering the fact that the team lost J.J. Watt three games into the season and still managed to become the top defensive unit speaks volumes.
In 2017, Vrabel took over as DC, with Crennel having been promoted to Assistant HC. The injury bug feasted on some of the Texans defensive playmakers, and Houston’s fall from grace wasn’t pretty. The Texans were on the lower end in total defense and finished dead last in total points allowed.
Bowen experienced the highs and lows of a defense in two seasons. However, he reestablished a working relationship with Vrabel that stemmed back to their time on the Ohio State sidelines that aided in him being added to the Titans 2018 coaching staff.
The Titans are one of a handful teams that split the linebacker coaching duties into two separate departments. Pittsburgh, Chicago, Kansas City, San Francisco and Washington are the only other teams that have designated coaches to oversee the Inside Linebackers and Outside Linebackers.
Bowen will be responsible for the latter. He has a quality group mixed with both veteran talent and fresh blood.
OLB Brian Orakpo - who continues to miss time nursing an injury - will be a tremendous asset to a young coach like Bowen. On the opposite side, Derrick Morgan, who shared the field with Bowen at Georgia Tech, already has a firm understanding of what type of person Bowen is.
Bowen, who suffered a career ending injury, went to war with Morgan at Georgia Tech before transitioning into a role on the Yellowjacket coaching staff. Morgan witnessed first hand the passion and love for the game of football ingrained in Bowen.
Add rookie second round stud Harold Landry III and undrafted free agent standout Sharif Finch to the stable of savvy pass rushers, and - health being a non-factor - the group is intriguing and intimidating.
The depth at the position isn’t bad. If OLB Aaron Wallace can avoid injury, he has shown flashes in preseason action. OLB Josh Carraway, who spent last season on the practice squad, will have to make the most of limited reps in order to prove he is worthy of being on the final 53.
DC Dean Pees, who had built an impressive resume during his tenure on NFL sidelines, will look for Bowen to develop a crop of pass rusher that can help devour the pocket, force throws and have QBs asking paper or plastic when the whistle blows.
Bowen, who is a teacher focused on the enhancing the “little things”, will focus his attention on preparing players in the position he once played. He will have two solid defensive minds to lean on in Pees and Vrabel.