The Tennessee Titans will have four new coaches commandeering the sidelines in 2013. Here’s a look at the hires.

New running backs coach Sylvester Croom is a widely-respected ex-head coach of Mississippi State. His QB coach while he was offensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions in 1997 was freshly-minted Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman. He oversaw 1000-yard seasons for Anthony Dixon (in college), Barry Sanders, Jerious Norwood (in college), Ahman Green, Steven Jackson, and Natrone Means.

New TEs coach George Henshaw returns to coaching following a five-year absence. He was the offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos in 1991, holding the same position for the New York Giants from 1992-1996. He spent one year as the Tulsa Golden Hurricane head coach in 1987 (3-8).

New wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson just coached Calvin Johnson to his first 2000-yard season in 2012 with the Lions.

Gregg Williams is about to become the new assistant head coach. His defensive pedigree could really assist defensive coordinator Jerry Gray in getting things turned around. 6 of the prior 9 defenses that he had coached have finished in the top 13 in points allowed. In 2009, his New Orleans defense gave up the 5th fewest touchdown passes. In 2010, his defense gave up the fewest. He still must be reinstated after his suspension for the bounty scandal. A year away may have allowed him to reflect and find new things he wants to incorporate.

Both Williams and Henshaw are now in their second runs with the Titans.

It was also announced that offensive consultant Tom Moore is now going to be an assistant head coach for the Arizona Cardinals.

I’m not trying to be a pessimist here, but the Titans have question marks at quarterback, wide receiver, and almost everywhere on defense. They forced a lot of turnovers down the stretch. However, they feasted on guys like Mark Sanchez and Chad Henne, and finished the season 32nd in points allowed. Mike Munchak has not given this team an identity, and I feel like Indianapolis (Pep Hamilton at offensive coordinator) and Jacksonville (Gus Bradley at head coach) made more inspiring moves and already had better rosters. Maybe another bad season will be what they need to make the important changes.

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