As the Tennessee Titans parted ways and headed into the off-season, the team left with some questions still to be answered in the coming weeks and months.
One of the primary questions surrounded the Titans defense, where Mike Vrabel did not name a defensive coordinator following the retirement of Dean Pees after the 2019 playoffs.
Vrabel had a hand in coordinating the defense and also assigned a good part of the defensive responsibilities to outside linebackers coach Shane Bowen, though he did not have the title of defensive coordinator at any point.
On Monday in his wrap-up press conference, Vrabel said the whole defensive coordinator situation “took a life of its own.”
“This thing took a life of its own and I guess that was really important. Shane led the meetings. Shane led the walkthroughs. Shane called the defense. We get caught up too much in titles. I guess I apologize, because clearly didn’t think it would take on a life of its own,” Vrabel said.
Vrabel indicated that adding a defensive coordinator – or even the option of naming Bowen to the role and hiring an outside linebackers coach – is all part of the Titans’ off-season evaluation.
“We’ll coach better. We’ll play better. But those are things that we have to do in all three phases. There were times that it looked like we put all three phases together, played really well, and then there were stints where…