The Tennessee Titans have another opening on their coaching staff as inside linebackers coach Tyrone McKenzie has left the club to take a linebackers coach position with the Detroit Lions, per reports.
McKenzie was a part of Mike Vrabel’s staff for both of Vrabel’s first two seasons in Tennessee, and under his coaching, young linebackers like Rashaan Evans, Jayon Brown and David Long all developed into solid performers for the Titans.
With McKenzie leaving, it now means that three of five coaches on the defensive side of the ball from 2019 have departed the Titans. Defensive coordinator Dean Pees retired the day after the Titans’ season ended. Secondary coach Kerry Coombs left immediately after the season to become Ohio State’s defensive coordinator. Coombs was replaced by Anthony Midget, formerly defensive backs coach for the Houston Texans.
The Titans have yet to name a new defensive coordinator, and McKenzie’s name had been floated out as a potential in-house candidate. Outside linebackers coach Shane Bowen has also been speculated on as a potential in-house hopeful to replace Pees.