The Tennessee Titans are looking for a new offensive coordinator after Matt LaFleur agreed to replace Mike McCarthy as the Green Bay Packers’ head coach.
Recently, I put together a list of potential replacements for LaFleur, which you can check out here.
There’s another name, not on that list, that is reportedly in play for the Titans: Houston Texans quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan.
On if he thinks Bill O’Brien would let #Texans QB Coach Sean Ryan go and interview for an open OC job, @McClain_on_NFL says, “Absolutely.” Sean Ryan is a potential OC candidate for the open #Titans job.
— The Midday 180 (@Midday180) January 11, 2019
Ryan was mentioned as a potential offensive coordinator candidate last year when Mike Vrabel was hired as Tennessee’s head coach.
Vrabel and Ryan coached alongside each other for two years in Houston.
So how would Ryan fit as the Titans’ offensive coordinator?
Well, the biggest issue with hiring Ryan is that he would be a first time play caller. Hiring a first time offensive coordinator always comes with risk.
Texans head coach Bill O’Brien, however, spoke highly of Ryan in 2017, telling reporters “I think Sean could probably call the plays right now, but I think it’s important for me to take a little bit more ownership of this offense”. He added “I think Sean is destined to be a coordinator in this league”.
Most importantly, O’Brien said Ryan is a “very bright guy” and the “players respect him”.
Ryan, who has done a remarkable job with Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, was almost hired as the Cleveland Browns’ offensive coordinator before the 2018 season. But Hue Jackson wouldn’t give up play calling duties, which was one of Ryan’s stipulations for leaving Houston. He didn’t just want a title. Ryan wanted to prove himself as a play caller.
I think the Titans should probably have some experienced play callers higher on their wish list. Guys like Mark Helfrich, Todd Monken and Zac Taylor (if he isn’t hired by the Bengals) should get calls before Ryan.
Whoever is hired, one thing is certain — Marcus Mariota needs some stability.
The Titans need to establish an offensive system that eventually allows the ability to promote from within whenever the offensive coordinator leaves.
Maybe that will be Sean Ryan. At least he knows if he leaves for Nashville he’ll absolutely be calling plays.
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