We’re now a week removed from the Tennessee Titans essentially starting over.
The team parted ways with general manager Ruston Webster and started an active search for a new head coach.
The Titans have yet to fill either role. A lot of fans are worried about this.
But there’s no reason for concern. At least not yet. It’s more important for the Titans to get it right this time. Rushing it and continuing on this losing path would be the worst case scenario.
A GM should be hired first. And when that happens, the rumors surrounding the new head coach will start to heat up.
Potential candidates like Adam Gase and Hue Jackson are already off the board. Gase officially became the new head coach of the Miami Dolphins, and Jackson seems destined to take over in San Francisco or Cleveland.
Because of the need to find a general manager first, the potential head coach list will continue to get smaller.
But one name that will likely continue to be on the list is New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.
Yes the guy that works with Tom Brady on a daily basis. The guy that learns from Bill Belichick on a daily basis. The guy that has helped the Patriots win numerous Super Bowl titles.
On paper, McDaniels would make a lot of sense. He wouldn’t have Brady under center in Nashville, but he would have a young quarterback in Marcus Mariota that has all the potential in the world.
Having orchestrated the New England offense for years, there’s no doubt that McDaniels would find plenty of ways to put Mariota’s skill to good use. And that’s exactly what the Titans need.
However, McDaniels has tried being a head coach before. It did not go well.
He was hired by the Denver Broncos back in 2009. He won his first six games with the team, then proceeded to go 5-17 before being fired three-quarters of the way through his second season.
After a short stint in St. Louis, McDaniels returned to home to New England.
The first go-around for McDaniels as a head coach was a failure. But he only got a season and a half in Denver. And that was six years ago.
Things could be different this time. He’s had more years with Belichick and Brady under his belt. He’s had years to reflect on what went wrong during his short time with the Broncos.
In that sense, McDaniels may in fact make the most sense for this franchise.
Titans president Steve Underwood recently stated that the team wanted a coach with many years of NFL coaching success.
McDaniels doesn’t have that as a head coach. However, as a coordinator, few can compare to the resume that he’s built during his time with the Patriots.
But here’s the question: Can McDaniels succeed outside of the dynamic duo of Belichick and Brady?
He’s had a couple of chances so far. Both times the answer hasn’t been encouraging.
McDaniels was 32-years-old when the Broncos gave him the opportunity to be an NFL head coach for the first time. He’ll turn 40 this April.
Maybe he’s wiser now. Maybe he’ll finally find success outside of the Patriots bubble.
And maybe, just maybe, he’s the best choice for the Titans going forward.