Titans name Matt LaFleur, Dean Pees as coordinators

Titans name Matt LaFleur, Dean Pees as coordinators

New Tennessee Titans coach Mike Vrabel has named his offensive and defensive coordinators, going for youth on offense and experience on defense.
Matt LaFleur, who had interviewed for the head coaching position that went to Vrabel, has been selected as the offensive coordinator after previously having that position with the Los Angeles Rams.
On defense, Vrabel is bringing Dean Pees, his old defensive coordinator when Vrabel was a player with the New England Patriots. Pees, 68, had been with the Baltimore Ravens for the past eight seasons, but had retired following the 2017 campaign.
“I am excited to add both of these guys to our team,” Vrabel said in a statement. “Dean brings a great deal of experience and knowledge to our staff. I have seen first-hand how he teaches and develops from our time together and I wanted to bring that same experience to our players here.
“Matt brings an energy and an offensive diversity to our team,” said Vrabel. “He is going to develop an offense that puts our players in position to have success. Matt has worked with some great offensive minds, helped game plan on those staffs and I am looking forward to seeing him take that next step as a play-caller.”
LaFleur, 38, had a hand in Jared Goff’s marked improvement last season with the Rams, and will be charged with revitalizing Marcus Mariota after the Titans quarterback regressed last season with only 13 touchdown passes to 15 interceptions.
LaFleur did not call plays for the Rams last season, despite having the offensive coordinator title, but will get that opportunity in Tennessee. Prior to joining the Rams, LaFleur served as the Atlanta Falcons quarterbacks coach for two seasons, one of which he coached NFL MVP Matt Ryan in 2016 as the Falcons reached the Super Bowl last year. Before that, he had spent time at Notre Dame and was quarterbacks coach for the Washington Redskins, where he helped Robert Griffin III win Offensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2012.
Pees is a veteran of 45 years of coaching with 14 of that coming in the NFL. He was the Patriots linebackers coach in 2004-05 before being promoted to defensive coordinator for his final four seasons in New England.
Pees then went to the Ravens as linebackers coach before eventually becoming Baltimore’s defensive coordinator.
As a coordinator, his defenses have consistently finished in the top 11 six times in 10 years.

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