Titans Shuffle the Coaching Deck and Other AFC South Must-Reads

Nate Dunlevy@NateDunlevyGuest ColumnistJanuary 18, 2013

NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 11:  Coach Mike Munchak of the Tennessee Titans questions a call against the Pittsburgh Steelers in a Thursday Night Football game October 11, 2012 at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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The 2012 Tennessee Titans gave up the most points in football, but defensive coordinator Jerry Gray kept his job.

After a shakeup of most of the lower-level position coaches in Tennessee, Tom Gower of Total Titans runs down all the changes.

The most controversial moves included the decision to keep both coordinators in place. Dowell Loggains will move from interim offensive coordinator to take the job permanently. Gray remains to coach the defense.

Gower rightly skewers the decision to bring Gray back. Given the money the Titans invested in the defense, keeping Gray as DC reflects poorly on the front office.

There's little in Gray's resume to imply he's a good coach. In seven years as a coordinator, he's fielded a top-10 scoring defense three times. His defense has been ranked 24th or lower four times.

It's hard to fathom what logic led to his return.

As for Loggains, he'll stay in the position he inherited when Chris Palmer was dismissed. After he took over, the Titans offense didn't improve or show any signs of moving forward.

Meanwhile, several position coaches were dismissed, and new blood was brought in on the lower levels.

These moves or lack thereof give the impression that the Titans feel they are on the right track. Given the fact that the team was outscored by 141 points in 2012, it's difficult to pinpoint what would have led them to that conclusion.

The argument many made for keeping Mike Munchak as head coach was that he didn't get the chance to really pick his staff when he was hired. Bud Adams drug his feet, and Munchak was forced to take the best of the leftovers. That's obviously not the case.

Munchak has the staff he wants. The results are all on him from here.


Houston Texans

The Onion pokes fun at the Texans.

The Houston Chronicle reports J.J. Watt has an endorsement deal with H-E-B foods.


Indianapolis Colts

Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star reports the Colts hired Tom McMahon to lead the special teams.

Chappell reports that Bruce Arians will be the head coach in Arizona.


Tennessee Titans

Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com discusses the non-firing of Jerry Gray.

David Climer of The Tennessean says the Titans should steer clear of Manti Te'o.


Jacksonville Jaguars

Kuharsky says it will take time for David Caldwell and Gus Bradley to rebuild the Jaguars.

Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union called the hire of Bradley a surprise.

Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union says it's still about finding a quarterback.