The Titans have struggled at wide receiver since they moved to Tennessee and were still the Oilers, way back in 1997.
Mike Munchak’s choice as position coach for a group that now has some real promise with Kenny Britt and Damian Williams, then, sure seems curious. It’s Dave Ragone, the former Louisville and Houston Texans quarterback.
New offensive coordinator Chris Palmer joined Tennessee from the Hartford franchise of the UFL, and Ragone was his quarterbacks coach. That’s it for Ragone’s coaching experience.
Young coaches are the rage, and it’s unfair to simultaneously complain that Palmer, 61, is too old while Ragone, 31, is too young.
Still, what sort of clout will Ragone carry with someone like Britt, when he’s just nine years older and had no college or pro experience as a receiver?
“Dave came in and had a really good interview with us,” Munchak said in the Titans’ announcement. “He is a smart guy who Chris has worked with as a player and coach. He has a great understanding of offense and how it all fits together and I believe he will be a good fit for the receivers room. He will give them a different perspective and different approach to the game. There are a number of former college and pro quarterbacks that have become great wide receiver coaches and I think Dave will be another one in that group.”
I do see some college guys that fit that description -- David Culley (who’s in Philadelphia), Kippy Brown (Seattle), Jerry Sullivan (who spent the last six seasons with San Francisco and now looks to be retiring), Palmer himself. Help me out if you’ve got an NFL quarterback who fits the bill, though.
I’m left with this question, though I know Palmer will be very involved with Ragone: If Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews needs a veteran assistant in his offensive line room, will Ragone get one?
Other Titans staff news:
Art Valero is the new assistant offensive line coach. He has 21 years of college experience and nine as an NFL assistant.
Chet Parlavecchio is the new assistant special teams coach, replacing Marty Galbraith, who was let go. Parlavecchio played with Munchak at Penn State, has been an assistant at Temple but comes from a high school job in New Jersey.
Arthur Smith as defensive assistant/quality control. He’s worked for the Redskins and Ole Miss.
Tim Hauck, assistant secondary coach under Jeff Fisher, was let go. Secondary coach Marcus Robertson will be retained. He played for new defensive coordinator Jerry Gray in 1999-2000 when Gray coached the Titans defensive backs.