NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Ken Whisenhunt is retaining at least three assistants from Mike Munchak's staff.
Per Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean, receivers coach Shawn Jefferson, running backs coach Sylvester Croom and assistant secondary coach Steve Brown have been retained.
Jefferson is a loud, animated coach who doesn’t dole out a lot of compliments and did well helping Kendall Wright develop into the Titans’ top offensive weapon. Jefferson has said Wright can revolutionize the slot receiver position.
The coach also did work with Justin Hunter in his rookie year.
The duo of Wright and Hunter is one of the best things Whisenhunt is inheriting, and it’s a smart move to keep their coach in place.
Croom is a well-respected, well-traveled coach at a position where the Titans had a lot of turnover. He's likely to be working with a new lead back as Tennessee could part ways with Chris Johnson because he's due $8 million in 2014.
Brown worked alongside secondary coach Brett Maxie. While Maxie played safety in the league, Brown was a cornerback for eight years with the Oilers and worked more with the cornerbacks than the safeties. Alterraun Verner made a big jump in 2013, as did nickelback Coty Sensabaugh.
I like the moves.
Wyatt says quarterbacks coach Dave Ragone has been relieved of his duties. That's an understandable move given that Whisenhunt is an offensive guy who will be very involved with the position himself.