NASHVILLE — As NFL teams continue to shuffle their coaching staffs in the offseason, the Tennessee Titans continue their search for their next offensive coordinator. One thing is certain: it will be the most heavily scrutinized decision Mike Vrabel makes this year.

Tennessee fans will make sure of that.

Among the questions that the Titans will have to consider is whether the club can benefit more from an external candidate or an internal one. Vrabel has hired three individuals in the offensive coordinator role since arriving in 2018. Matt LaFleur was brought in with Vrabel’s first Titans staff, while Arthur Smith and Todd Downing were both promoted from within.

There is one name recently mentioned in the interview cycle that fans in Tennessee have yet to consider.

Titans have more than one name to look at in-house

Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network reported this morning that the Los Angeles Chargers planned to interview Tennessee tight ends coach Luke Steckel for their open offensive coordinator position.

Steckel, on the Titans staff since 2013, is not a name that has had much discussion around it as being an internal candidate to replace Downing next season. Passing game coordinator Tim Kelly is thought of as the favorite for the position, but Vrabel has said he would explore several different options throughout the course of this coaching search. Luke is also the son of former Titans offensive coordinator Les Steckel.

“It is about guys who can lead and make a connection with their coaching staff, with the players,” Vrabel said on Friday. “People who have some level of multiplicity, that can figure out ways to run the football, whether you’re running, and you use the quarterback or whether it’s an outside zone, whether it’s gap scheme, people who are like, ‘I got it.’ I’ve sat in a lot of different meetings. I’ve got all the different schemes. I want to make sure that we find a few that we like.”

Whether that includes Steckel or not remains to be seen.

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Tennessee Titans tight end Briley Moore (82) holds on to the ball as tight ends coach Luke Steckel tries to punch it out during a training camp practice at Ascension Saint Thomas Sports Park Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn.
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