And then, there were 10. The Tennessee Titans have requested an interview with Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Thomas Brown for their vacant head coaching gig, according to various reports. Brown is a late submission that joins the previously reported nine candidates.
Brown is a 39-year-old coach that began gaining steam in 2020 as the Los Angeles Rams’ running backs coach. Brown quickly climbed the coaching ranks in Los Angeles, becoming Sean McVay’s assistant head coach in 2021. In 2022, Brown added tight ends to his resume.
Brown departed McVay and the Rams because he wasn’t going to receive an opportunity to call plays as a traditional offensive coordinator while under McVay’s thumb in Los Angeles. The opportunity in Carolina was understandably appealing, but it ended in disaster. Frank Reich was fired midway through the debut season. Don’t judge Brown based on the 2023 Panthers. He was thrown into an unfair situation, and toxic environment.
Brown and Titans general manager Ran Carthon don’t share an obvious personal connection, but they should be familiar. Brown coached at Georgia in 2011 when Carthon was a scout with the Atlanta Falcons. Brown and Carthon then spent several shared campaigns as competitors in the NFC West.
Brown is a student of the McVay offense, which is an extension of the Mike/Kyle Shanahan offense and coaching tree. In 2022, Brown was the Rams’ assistant head coach and tight ends coach. The offensive coordinator was Liam Coen, who coached Will Levis at Kentucky in 2021. Brown runs a familiar offense.
The names we have seen reported that the Titans want to interview so far include:
The Titans’ head coaching position came open Tuesday when controlling owner Amy Adams-Strunk fired Mike Vrabel after six seasons and a 54-45 record.
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