By HCR Staff | July 18, 2018
Seven NFL teams this season feature new head coaches – and with them, new coaching staffs. So what happened to the staff that was in place last year? With so much coaching turnover around the league every year, many of them land with a new team. Over the course of the summer, we’ll take a look at all seven teams that have new staffs. Today, we look at the Tennessee Titans.
Of the 21 members of the 2017 Titans staff, head coach Mike Mularkey is one of seven coaches not working the sidelines in 2018. Both he and veteran defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau currently do not have a new position in the NFL. Of the 14 remaining coaches, here is a breakdown:
- With a new NFL team: 4. Offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie will take on a new role with the Buffalo Bills as their wide receivers coach. Quarterbacks coach Jason Michaels was hired as the tight ends coach for the Arizona Cardinals. Deshea Townsend and Steve Jackson will be the assistant defensive backs coaches for the New York Giants and New York Jets, respectively.
- With a college team: 4. Wide receivers coach Frisman Jackson was hired by Baylor University at the same position. Nick Eason will move from defensive line coach to defensive assistant/assistant linebackers coach for Austin Peay State. Linebackers coach Lou Spanos will join the Crimson Tide as a football analyst and defensive assistant Brandon Blaney will flip sides of the ball and work as an offensive analyst for the University of Michigan.
- Stayed with Titans: 5. Tight ends coach Arthur Smith remains at his post. Assistant wide receivers coach Luke Steckel becomes an offensive assistant along with assistant offensive line coach Mike Sullivan. Assistant strength and conditioning coach Tom Kanavy takes over the program, while Taylor Porter remains an assistant.
- Taking an administrative position: 1. Running backs coach Sylvester Croom, whose coaching career spans four decades and includes a successful run as head coach at Mississippi State (where he was the SEC’s first-ever African-American head coach), initially announced his retirement after not being retained by the Titans new staff. He moved to Mobile, Ala., and has taken a job as Senior VP of Operations at the Senior Bowl — so he will still be working closely with NFL coaches.
Here’s the complete rundown of where the 2017 Titans coaches are now.