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Titans fire special teams coordinator Craig Aukerman

Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel makes a rare in-season coaching change

NFL: AUG 25 Preseason - Titans at Steelers Photo by Shelley Lipton/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Tennessee Titans have relieved special teams coach Craig Aukerman of his duties, head coach Mike Vrabel announced on Monday.

“There’s no real precedent for this,” Vrabel said. “We try to get a feel for what’s best and what’s needed. When we’ve done something in the past, there are times where we didn’t run a certain coverage or play. Those decisions are about timing and feel. That’s the decision that was made. We’ll move forward,” Vrabel concluded.

This represents the first time Vrabel has fired a member of his staff in season. Even Todd Downing received an opportunity to finish the season. Aukerman saw his unit allow back-to-back blocked punts by the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

Titans punter Ryan Stonehouse suffered a season-ending injury on the second blocked punt, which was officially ruled a fumble. Stonehouse’s absence then helped lead to a critical missed extra point in the fourth quarter. Those inexcusable errors directly led to several Colts points, and missed opportunities, culminating in Tennessee’s overtime defeat.

Aukerman initially joined the Titans in 2017 as assistant special teams coach. Assistant Tom Quinn has been named interim in Aukerman’s place. Quinn joined the Titans earlier this season. He brought 32 years of coaching experience with him, having previously spent 16 campaigns in the NFL with the New York Giants. Quinn will use this final stretch as an opportunity to earn the full-time gig heading into 2024.