ESPN NFL insider Dan Graziano thinks a Tennessee Titans assistant could be a head coach option during the upcoming offseason NFL coaching cycle.
Graziano pointed out Titans defensive coordinator Shane Bowen as a name that could generate interest among teams looking for a new head coach in the offseason.
How about Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Shane Bowen? He would certainly not be the first Mike Vrabel coordinator to land a head coaching job, and the way the Titans’ defense has performed the past couple of years as Vrabel has ceded more and more control to Bowen on that side of the ball speaks to his abilities. Tennessee under Vrabel has been a consistent winner and is regarded as one of the best-coached teams in the league. Another division title looks likely, and the defense is the major reason. I won’t be surprised if teams want to talk to Bowen.
Bowen was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2021 after the Titans went the 2020 season without an official defensive coordinator (Mike Vrabel assumed many of those duties after Dean Pees’ resignation).
In 2021, the Titans had the No. 6 scoring defense in the NFL. So far this season, they have the No. 8 scoring defense.
Beyond the stats, Tennessee is a team that other teams generally aren’t excited to play. The Titans’ defense plays hard and they don’t give up anything easy. A lot of that is because of Vrabel, but Bowen deserves plenty of credit, too.
If Bowen gets hired as a head coach — which will likely happen at some point — it’ll be the third Vrabel assistant to land a head coaching job (joining Matt LaFleur and Arthur Smith).
The Vrabel coaching tree is well on its way to being as fruitful as the Bill Belichick coaching tree.
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