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Ken Whisenhunt hires another one of his old assistants

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Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt has turned to familiar faces when it comes to filling out his defensive coaching staff.

The defensive coordinator will be Ray Horton, who worked as the coordinator for Whisenhunt in Arizona as well, and the linebackers coach will be Lou Spanos, who worked with Whisenhunt when Whisenhunt was an assistant in Pittsburgh. They’ll be joined by secondary coach Sigismondo Cioffi, who uses Louie for professional purposes.

Cioffi was the defensive backs coach in Whisenhunt’s final two years in Arizona and then went with Horton to Cleveland for the 2013 season. He spent 14 years with the Bengals before moving to Arizona, experience Whisenhunt cited while discussion why Cioffi was the choice.

“Louie coached with me in Arizona and did an outstanding job,” Whisenhunt said in a statement. “He has a background with Marvin Lewis, who has a great defensive mind and been the leader of some of the league’s best defenses. In Arizona, he did really good work with Patrick Peterson and the rest of the db’s, and then went on to Cleveland to bring out the best in Joe Haden.”

The Titans retained assistant defensive backs coach Steve Brown when they let Brett Maxie go as the lead position coach after the season.

[Photo credit: ClevelandBrowns.com]

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6 Responses to “Ken Whisenhunt hires another one of his old assistants”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 20, 2014 6:36 PM

    While there was some concern about Ken hiring old assistants, he assured management that they were still vital and energetic despite their age.

    “Especially in Arizona, they seemed like kids compared to a lot of the people there…”.

  2. mrlaloosh says: Jan 20, 2014 6:37 PM

    Where’s Gregg (Dr Heat) Williams? I’m sure his bounty plans work well with any defensive scheme.

  3. luz56 says: Jan 20, 2014 7:02 PM

    Tell me how those last couple years in AZ worked out for your WHUZ? … Russ Grimm can’t be far behind… My how Arians is a real breath if fresh air!!

  4. bonecrushinghits says: Jan 20, 2014 7:40 PM

    As a Cardinals, I didn’t think I could miss Whiz any LESS. But reading these sorts or articles just adds to that!

  5. dfco74 says: Jan 20, 2014 8:08 PM

    Sigi in da house! Make your Super Bowl plans now

  6. bigbadra says: Jan 20, 2014 10:25 PM

    “They’ll be joined by secondary coach Sigismondo Cioffi, who uses Louie for professional purposes.”

    I’m not sure what is meant by this, but it sounds like something that is only legal in Nevada.

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