The Tennessee Titans are now in need of a new offensive coordinator with Matt LaFleur accepting the job as head coach in Green Bay.
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The new offensive coordinator will be the fifth in five years for quarterback Marcus Mariota. The Titans formed an identity in December when running back Derrick Henry had a month to remember rushing the ball. He earned AFC Offensive Player of the Month for his month of work. goo
We just profiled eight potential candidates to be the next offensive coordinator. We now dig into the one logical in-house candidate in current QBs coach Pat O’Hara. We start with his coaching experience.
O’Hara (50) just wrapped up his first year as quarterbacks coach in Nashville. It marked his 20th season of coaching experience. O’Hara came to Nashville via Houston. He spent three seasons with the Texans working with quarterbacks as on offensive assistant. Coach Vrabel knew O’Hara from their time together with the Texans.
O’Hara previously spent 10 years coaching in the Arena Football League. It included stints as a head coach for the Los Angeles Avengers (2009), Tri-Cities Fever (2009, AF2), Orlando Predators (2010-11) and the New Orleans Voo-Doo (2012-2014. O’Hara was also the offensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League in 2005 and form 2007-2008.
O’Hara was originally a 10th round selection of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1991 NFL Draft. He played collegiately at USC.
If the Titans want continuity on offense, O’Hara makes perfect sense for Vrabel and the Titans. No one works closer with the quarterbacks than the quarterback coach. By all accounts, O’Hara and Mariota have a great working relationship. I was able to witness that first hand during training camp.
The only question is the offensive philosophy that O’Hara would implement. Would he stick with what the Titans had under LaFleur or would he look to changes things up a bit. As we noted above, the Titans kind of identified their identity in December when Derrick Henry got going with the running game. With the Henry running the ball and Mariota working play action, the Titans offense has a chance to do some great things in 2019. That includes the return of a healthy Delanie Walker and Jonnu Smith at tight end along with a veteran at wide receiver. If not a veteran, general manager Jon Robinson could turn to the draft for a wide receiver. The 2019 NFL Draft happens to be in Nashville during the last weekend in April.
Either way, I would expect Vrabel to work quickly to fill his opening at offensive coordinator. Stay tuned.