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Titans hire Todd Downing as tight ends coach

The Titans filled their offensive coordinator vacancy by promoting Arthur Smith from tight ends coach and they’ve now hired someone to take over Smith’s former responsibilities. The team announced that Todd Downing will be part of Mike Vrabel‘s coaching staff in 2019. Downing was the tight ends coach for the Vikings last season and he [more]

Mike Vrabel thinks Arthur Smith is best choice for Marcus Mariota

New Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith wasn’t a household name, and there’s no evidence he knows Sean McVay. But Titans coach Mike Vrabel thinks he’s a good fit for what they need, offering something approaching stability for quarterback Marcus Mariota. Mariota is now on his fifth coordinator in as many years, but Smith was at [more]

14-year-old Sean McVay watched Rams win Super Bowl in Atlanta

In early 2000, a then-14-year-old Sean McVay attended Super Bowl XXXIV. In his hometown of Atlanta. Involving the then-St. Louis Rams, which won the only Lombardi Trophy in franchise history. Nineteen years later, a soon-to-be-33-year-old McVay will return to Atlanta as coach of the now-L.A. Rams, with Super Bowl LIII on the line. “I was [more]

Matt LaFleur “would have loved” Arthur Smith in Green Bay

New Packers head coach Matt LaFleur hoped to take Arthur Smith with him to Green Bay. The Titans, though, named Smith their new offensive coordinator Monday. “Of course I would have loved to have had him here,” LaFleur told Paul Kuharsky of paulkuharsky.com. “But I knew there was no way he was going to get [more]

Marcus Mariota accustomed to change in coordinator

Marcus Mariota has played in the NFL for four seasons, heading into his fifth. So he is accustomed to this. Arthur Smith, whom the Titans promoted Monday, becomes the fourth offensive coordinator Mariota has had. The Titans quarterback actually has had five play-callers in five seasons. “Art has been steady support since I’ve gotten into [more]

Titans name Arthur Smith their new offensive coordinator

The Titans have hired their fifth offensive coordinator since drafting quarterback Marcus Mariota in the first round of the 2015 draft. Unlike some of the other new coaches in Nashville, this won’t be a completely new person for Mariota to get to know. The Titans have promoted Arthur Smith from tight ends coach to run [more]

Chiefs will pick 29th, Packers 30th in 2019 NFL Draft

The Saints pushed the cost of Marcus Davenport away, almost as far as they could have. With yesterday’s conference championship games in the books, most of the 2019 NFL Draft order is now known. The Chiefs will pick 29th overall after losing to the Patriots, and the Packers own the 30th spot, after last year’s [more]

Former NFL player defends home from peeping Tom

It might have been the most important tackle of Tony Beckham’s career. And it didn’t stop with a tackle. The former Titans and Lions cornerback defended his home this week, when he caught a peeping Tom outside his 15-year-old daughter’s window at his Florida home, according to Ari Hait of WPBF. Beckham, a former fourth-round [more]

Titans TEs coach Arthur Smith believed to be candidate for coordinator job

Only four teams — and soon to be three — haven’t hired an offensive coordinator yet. It appears the Broncos are close to naming Rich Scangarello, but the Cardinals, Lions and Titans continue in their search. The Titans quietly have conducted their hunt for someone to replace Matt LaFleur. Tight ends coach Arthur Smith, who [more]

Raiders now know where all their first-rounders fall

Four more spots in the 2019 NFL Draft order were set with the weekend’s results, and the Raiders now know exactly where they’ll be making their three first-round picks. The Eagles slotted into the 25th spot in the order after yesterday’s loss, followed by the Colts, Cowboys and Chargers. The final four picks will go [more]

Marcus Mariota faces a crucial season in 2019

Marcus Mariota faces a big year in 2019. The Titans picked up the $20.9 million option on Mariota’s rookie contract, even though they still can’t be sure he’s their franchise quarterback. The second overall pick in 2015 has not made a Pro Bowl and has failed to stay healthy. General Manager Jon Robinson did not [more]

Titans say they won’t “rush into anything” at offensive coordinator

The Titans lost their offensive coordinator when Matt LaFleur was hired as the new head coach of the Packers this week and that leaves the team with a need to conduct a search for someone to run their offense. It’s not an unusual state of affairs in Tennessee. Barring a return from a former coach, [more]

Matt LaFleur: Titans job pushed me out of “comfort zone”

The 2018 Titans offense was not one of the high-scoring units that sparked discussion about the rapid evolution of offensive football in the NFL. Tennessee ranked 27th in points and 25th in yards during Matt LaFleur’s first and only year as their offensive coordinator, but that didn’t dissuade the Packers from hiring him as their [more]

Titans hire a new strength and conditioning coach

The Titans have an opening at offensive coordinator with Matt LaFleur moving to Green Bay as the new head coach of the Packers, but they addressed a different spot on Mike Vrabel‘s staff on Wednesday. The team announced that they have hired Frank Piraino as their new strength and conditioning coach. He takes over for [more]

Titans G.M. confident Marcus Mariota can learn another language

Titans General Manager Jon Robinson compared learning a new offense to learning a new language. If that’s the case, quarterback Marcus Mariota could work at the United Nations when he’s done with football. With the Packers hiring Titans offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur, Mariota will now be onto his fifth offensive coordinator since he was drafted [more]

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