The Titans have requested permission to interview Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden and they also appear to have interest in speaking with Gruden’s counterpart on the defensive side of the ball.
Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports that the Titans have Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer on their list of candidates to replace Mike Munchak. Zimmer confirmed Monday that two teams have shown interest — the Redskins are reportedly looking for an interview, although Zimmer didn’t name names — and that he expects to have interviews before the end of the week. Zimmer also said he thinks he’s better at interviews after going through the process the last couple of years.
“I believe I’ve gotten better at it,” Zimmer said, via Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “The first one I did was a long time ago with the Rams. I didn’t do a very good job. It’s like coaching, I guess, I think you know when you do good and when you don’t when you walk out. I was told that I did good in the other ones, so we’ll see. They may not be looking for me and whatever. They may want an offensive coach, or they may want a different style guy, who knows?”
In addition to the two Bengals assistants, the Titans have compiled a list of candidates made up of many of the coordinators being linked with the openings in Minnesota, Washington and Detroit. One of them is Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell, who Adam Schefter of ESPN reports will interview for the team this week. He’s also drawn interest from the Redskins and Lions.