The Tennessee Titans have hired a new defensive backs coach, luring Anthony Midget away from the Houston Texans.
Titans coach Mike Vrabel is familiar with Midget from his own time in Houston as an assistant coach.
Midget will replace Kerry Coombs, who departed the Titans staff at the end of the team’s playoff run to become defensive coordinator at Ohio State.
Midget played college football at Virginia Tech, and after a brief career in the NFL as a player, began coaching high school football. He joined Bill O’Brien’s staff at Penn State and followed the Texans head coach to Houston.
The Titans are also still looking for a defensive coordinator to replace Dean Pees, who retired the day after the Titans were eliminated from the playoffs in the AFC Championship Game.
Speculation is now centering on the possibility of an in-house hire by Vrabel – perhaps outside linebacker coach Shane Bowen or inside linebackers coach Tyrone McKenzie. Neither of those assistant coaches has ever been a defensive coordinator or play-caller before. Vrabel took a chance similarly this season when he promoted tight ends coach Arthur Smith to offensive coordinator, and that move worked out well, especially after Ryan Tannehill took over at quarterback, helping to spark the team out of an early slump and into a deep postseason run.
Other possibilities could include journeyman defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, whose roots are in the Titans organization as his father the late Bum Phillips, was head coach of the Houston Oilers most successful teams in the late ‘70s.