Titans fire four assistants, including OC Todd Downing

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Titans fired four assistant coaches on Monday, including offensive coordinator Todd Downing, who had been in that position the previous two seasons.

The Titans additionally fired offensive line coach Keith Carter, secondary coach Anthony Midget and offensive expertise assistant Erik Frazier.

“I need to thank Todd, Keith, Anthony and Erik for his or her service and dedication to our group over their time right here in Tennessee,” Titans head coach Mike Vrabel stated in a press release. “Each of them made an influence on our group, had been devoted to the method and constant members of our teaching workers.”

The Titans completed a disappointing 7-10, capped by Saturday’s 20-16 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars that eradicated them from playoff competition. The Titans misplaced their remaining seven video games of the season.

We did not do a adequate job — we misplaced too many video games,” Vrabel stated Monday. “That self-reflection, no person would consider that they did a adequate job as a result of we did not win. … The quick reply is: It wasn’t adequate.”

While Downing is out, quarterback Ryan Tannehill indicated Monday that he needs to return to the Titans subsequent season.

“I undoubtedly have some good years left. I really feel actually good,” stated the 34-year-old, who was injured in Week 15 and missed the remainder of the season. “Even coming off this harm I really feel actually good and I’m wanting ahead to some vivid years forward.”

The Titans can save round $18 million in cap house in the event that they launch Tannehill, who completed this season with 2,536 passing yards, 15 whole touchdowns (including two dashing) and 6 interceptions in 12 video games.

Vrabel stated Monday he needs Tannehill to “get as wholesome as he probably can and go and be our quarterback and determine issues which can be going to assist us win.”

The Titans are additionally looking for a brand new basic supervisor after firing Jon Robinson final month. Titans controlling proprietor Amy Adams Strunk stated that whoever they rent to be the subsequent basic supervisor should work “hand in hand” with Vrabel as they search to place collectively their roster.

Under Downing, the Titans’ offense gained 296.8 yards per recreation this season (thirtieth within the NFL). It additionally struggled to attain as proven by its 17.5 points-per-game common (twenty eighth within the league). Most of the shortcomings got here within the second half of video games, the place Tennessee’s 5.5-point common was the worst within the NFL.

In November, hours after a Thursday evening recreation towards the Green Bay Packers, Downing was charged with driving below the affect and rushing after being arrested by the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Vrabel stood by Downing after his arrest, saying that the group would watch for the whole lot to play out with the NFL and the authorized system earlier than any motion was taken.

Downing took over as offensive coordinator when former Titans playcaller Arthur Smith left to teach the Atlanta Falcons earlier than the 2021 season. In Downing’s first season as offensive coordinator, the Titans’ scoring offense fell to No. 15 within the NFL after ending fourth in 2020.

But the Titans ranked fifth in dashing (141.4 yards per recreation) regardless of dropping Pro Bowl working again Derrick Henry for 9 video games attributable to a Jones fracture in his proper foot, and earned the highest seed within the AFC that season. The 2021 offense additionally ranked fifth (63.9%) within the purple zone scoring effectivity.

Before being named Titans offensive coordinator, Downing spent two seasons in Tennessee because the tight ends coach. Downing joined the Titans after spending 2018 with the Minnesota Vikings as tight ends coach. He additionally served because the Raiders’ offensive coordinator in 2017 after spending two years as quarterbacks coach.

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