The Tennessee Titans took care of their biggest offseason task last week by hiring Ran Carthon to replace Jon Robinson as the franchise’s general manager.
Up next for the Titans is hiring an offensive coordinator to replace Todd Downing, who was fired earlier this month after two lackluster seasons calling plays in Nashville (he was the Titans’ tight ends coach the two seasons before he was promoted to offensive coordinator).
CBS Sports’ Jared Dubin on Wednesday named his “perfect fit” for each NFL offensive coordinator opening and his choice for the Titans makes sense on several different levels.
Dubin thinks Atlanta Falcons quarterbacks coach Charles London is the ideal hire for the Titans.
London reportedly interviewed with the Titans last week. He’s also interviewed with the Washington Commanders.
London is a very interesting candidate, and a particularly good fit for Tennessee. First of all, he’s familiar with the scheme they’ve been running in recent years, having spent the past two seasons working under former Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith in Atlanta. Before doing that, though, London was a longtime running backs coach. That’s likely a plus for Mike Vrabel, who wants his team to be committed to running the ball — especially for as long as they still have Derrick Henry. But the experience London got working with quarterbacks should be helpful as well, as the Titans will likely soon be looking for a replacement for Ryan Tannehill, and will need someone to coach up the next guy.
The Titans are interviewing Falcons quarterbacks coach Charles London for their vacant offensive coordinator position, source says.— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) January 16, 2023
London has worked under former Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith for the last two years. He’s also familiar with Nashville as he was an offensive assistant for the Titans in 2011.
Additionally, London worked with Tennessee head coach Mike Vrabel for four seasons when both were on the Houston Texans’ coaching staff (London was Houston’s running backs coach).
The fit makes sense. But London doesn’t have any previous offensive coordinator experience. That’s a gamble that Vrabel would be taking by hiring London.
It’s worth noting that Tennessee’s three previous offensive coordinators under Vrabel all had different levels of experience:
- Matt LaFleur was the offensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams for a season before joining Vrabel’s staff, but he didn’t call plays in LA.
- Arthur Smith had no previous offensive coordinator experience.
- Todd Downing called plays for the Oakland Raiders, but he was fired after one season.
Vrabel doesn’t really have a pattern when it comes to hiring an offensive coordinator except for the fact that his last two hires were familiar faces. London would fall into that category and I think that makes him a legitimate option for the Titans.
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