The Titans announced on Thursday they have hired Jim Haslett to be their new inside linebackers coach. They also confirmed they will operate without a defensive coordinator in 2020.
.@Titans finalize coaching staff with hiring of veteran coach Jim Haslett as ILBs coach.
Also on Thursday, the #Titans changed titles for several returning coaches.
— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) February 6, 2020
Tennessee also moved Ryan Crow to assistant special teams coach, Matt Edwards to defensive assistant and Scott Booker to safeties coach.
Haslett is a long-time defensive coach who spent the past year out of football after being fired as the Bengals LB coach. His experience should prove valuable for an organization that has not yet named a replacement for retired DC Dean Pees.
“Adding quality coaches to our staff has always been my priority with the ability to teach, develop and inspire,” Titans HC Mike Vrabel said. “I have known Jim (Haslett) since my rookie season at Pittsburgh and was impressed with how he taught and developed the players on our defense. Over his career, he has experience and success as a head coach, defensive coordinator and linebacker coach. Anthony (Midget) was a coach I worked alongside at the Texans. He brings great experience in our defensive system along with great energy and passion for his players. We are excited to enhance our defensive staff and be better teachers and developers of our players.”
Haslett, 64, began his coaching career at the University at Buffalo back in 1988 as an assistant. He took his first NFL coaching job with the Rams in 1993 as their LBs coach and had stints with the Saints, Steelers and Redskins before joining the Bengals as their LBs coach in 2016.
During his time as the Saints and Rams head coach, Haslett’s teams produced a record of 47-61 (43.5 percent), which includes one playoff appearance over the course of seven seasons.