With the Titans changing head coaches, defensive coordinators and linebackers coaches over the last month, it wasn’t clear whether Dave McGinnis still had a role on the staff. But he does.
McGinnis has been given the title of senior assistant coach, which will have him involved in all facets of the defense, as well as some personnel and administrative duties.
“I have a lot of years of experience in this league, and I am just willing to help use that experience to the best of my ability and hopefully to the best advantage to the Titans. I am looking forward to the new role and looking forward to being a help in a lot of areas,” McGinnis said, per Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean. “As your career takes on different stages, I don’t think you abandon what your roots are. I enjoy the people part of the business. I’m sure this role will evolve as we move forward. What I do know now is I feel very blessed and fortunate to use my experience to help.”
McGinnis is a well-liked and well-respected member of the coaching community, and it sounds like new head coach Mike Munchak created the senior assistant position just so he’d be able to keep McGinnis while also bringing in his top choices at defensive coordinator (Jerry Gray) and linebackers coach (Frank Bush).
McGinnis’s 37-year coaching career includes the last seven years as the Titans’ linebackers coach, and four years as head coach of the Cardinals.