Titans defensive coordinator will call plays, unless Mike Vrabel tells him what to do

AP

The Titans spoke to James Bettcher on Tuesday, but the former Cardinals defensive coordinator is reportedly taking a job running the Giants defense instead.

That means new Titans coach Mike Vrabel is still looking for coordinators on both sides of the ball and he said Tuesday he is “not going to rush it” by hiring buddies of his without vetting as many candidates as possible. When he does find that defensive coordinator, Vrabel, who ran Houston’s defense in 2017, said he’s going to let that person call almost all of the plays on defense.

“The DC will make the play calls — he will call the game,” Vrabel said, via the team’s website. “And if I tell him to run something, he is going to run it. … The defensive coordinator is going to call 100 percent of the game, except for when I tell him the one time I want to pressure the quarterback. We are going to have a great line of communication.”

The Titans were interested in hiring Ryan Day as their offensive coordinator, but Day stayed at Ohio State with a new title. He noted on Tuesday that players don’t get in until April 2 while stressing he wasn’t rushing any hires, but one imagines the timeline to fill out the staff isn’t actually that long.

10 responses to “Titans defensive coordinator will call plays, unless Mike Vrabel tells him what to do

  1. Letting the coordinators call plays, until he feels it necessary to say, “hey, let’s blitz some LB’s”, “let’s throw it deep here”… seems like something all head coaches would do.

  2. So you’re saying the defensive coordinator will coordinate the defense… unless the head coach tells him something different? How can anyone work like this?!?

  3. unless the head coach tells him something different? How can anyone work like this?!?
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    It’s simply called having a boss. The HC is in charge and if he doesn’t like a particular call he has the right to overrule him. Why is that so hard to understand? Also, if the DC and HC have the same line of thinking, then the DC should be making the right calls and the HC shouldn’t have to change them.

  4. savethebs says: “So you’re saying the defensive coordinator will coordinate the defense… unless the head coach tells him something different? How can anyone work like this?!?”
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    Because that’s exactly the same job description on every team?? From Carroll to Belichick to Harbaugh, they’ve all said they overrule or suggest a play to their co-ordinators from time to time. That’s called being a HEAD COACH.

  5. I’ve always assumed it works like that on every team. If the coach radios in to say what they want run, the coordinator is going to call it.

  6. 1950giantsfan says:
    The DC/OC will call plays until his job is in-danger just like Green Bays coach did last year.
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    Not true giantsfan. McCarthy called the plays. A couple years ago he gave play calling to Tom Clements and it was bad. McCarthy took it back. Dom Capers has always called the D. And he got fired. It should have been done after the 2016 season.
    In GB we're hearing that Darren Perry who is/was our DBack coach is a leading contender to be Tenn DC.

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