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The Tennessee Titans have their new defensive coordinator, reportedly hiring Baltimore Ravens defensive backs coach Dennard Wilson at the position, according to NFL reporter Jordan Schultz and ESPN’s Dan Graziano and Turron Davenport.
The Titans already hired former Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan to replace Mike Vrabel at head coach and have interviewed Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterbacks coach Thad Lewis and Jacksonville Jaguars passing-game coordinator Nick Holz for their vacancy at offensive coordinator.
They also reportedly have requested to interview Miami Dolphins associate head coach and running backs coach Eric Studesville for the OC position.
The Ravens, meanwhile, have seen their coaching staff get raided this offseason, with defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald becoming the new head coach of the Seattle Seahawks. Further changes could be coming in Baltimore, where the team’s success this past season has teams around the league intrigued by its staff.
Jeff Zrebiec @jeffzrebiec
Mike Macdonald is the headliner and rightly so. But there probably will be other Ravens staff departures as well. There usually is at least a couple every offseason.
Another potential departure is assistant OL coach Mike Devlin heading to Chargers to be Jim Harbaugh’s OL coach.
As for Wilson, the 41-year-old had a brief NFL career before transitioning to coaching.
He’s since served as the defensive quality control coach (2012-14) and defensive backs coach (2015-16) for the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams, the defensive backs coach (2017-18) and both D-backs coach and passing-game coordinator (2019-20) for the New York Jets, the defensive backs coach (2021) and both D-backs coach and passing-game coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles (2022) and the defensive backs coach for the Ravens this past season.
Art Stapleton @art_stapleton
Sense I get: we all overlooked and maybe underestimated the Ran Carthon connection with Dennard Wilson from their time together with Rams.
Dennard Wilson was a highly-regarded DB coach during his time with the Jets. Todd Bowles once predicted that Wilson would be a HC one day. He’s on the right track. https://t.co/FYpDDAk1Qe
Dennard Wilson helped turn Kyle Hamilton into an All-Pro, Geno Stone had 7 picks…and the Ravens finished first in opposing passer rating, first in takeaways, first in yards/attempt, third in passes defensed. Pretty good!
There was some surprise in Philadelphia ahead of the 2023 campaign when Nick Sirianni chose an outside option for defensive coordinator (Sean Desai) to replace Jonathan Gannon rather than promote Wilson from within. Desai ultimately lost his play-calling duties to the beleaguered Matt Patricia, and this offseason the Eagles hired Vic Fangio as DC.
Zach Berman @ZBerm
Dennard Wilson did an impressive job with the Eagles’ defensive backs for two seasons and was a popular choice among players to earn a promotion to defensive coordinator last season.
The Eagles didn’t choose Wilson,