Munchak's coaching staff decisions raise eyebrows

Posted Jan. 18, 2013 @ 3:37 p.m.
Posted By Arthur Arkush

Titans head coach Mike Munchak completed his coaching staff shuffling this week — and our sources were more than perplexed by some of his decisions.

We hear the hiring of former Jaguars RB coach Sylvester Croom and former Lions WR coach Shawn Jefferson could pay nice dividends, as both are well regarded around the league, with Jefferson, in particular, coming off a wildly successful 2012 campaign working with Calvin Johnson, who set an NFL record for receiving yards in a season.

Word is removing the interim tag in front of offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains’ name also makes sense, as Loggains and QB Jake Locker have a good rapport and, though the offense didn’t show much improvement after Chris Palmer was fired, Loggains will bring some fresh ideas while reincorporating the late Mike Heimerdinger’s offense.

That is where the lauding of Munchak’s reassembled staff ends, however.

The most puzzling move of all was Munchak’s decision to retain defensive coordinator Jerry Gray, we hear.

“The biggest problem from last season is still here,” said a source close to the situation, after Gray’s unit surrendered the most points (471) in the NFL and in franchise history in 2012.

Two other coaching changes that were confirmed, the firing of special-teams coordinator Alan Lowry and LB coach Frank Bush, were also met with raised eyebrows. Two of Bush’s pupils, SLB Akeem Ayers and rookie WLB Zach Brown, were among the few bright spots on defense. Lowry’s unit was Tennessee’s most productive in 2012.