There’s nothing like a little Titans news to show that the bottom of the Super Bowl barrel has been scraped. We go from the glitz and glamour of the big game to the brutal reminder that the AFC South still exists.
New Titans offensive line coach Russ Grimm said he wants Tennessee’s offensive line to earn its own nickname, according to the team’s website via NFL.com.
Grimm, a Hall of Fame guard for the Redskins in the 1980s, was part of the famed “Hogs” O-Line that helped Washington win three Super Bowls between 1982 and 1991.
A catchy moniker would be nice, but first and foremost the Titans’ offensive line needs to protect Marcus Mariota. The No. 2 overall pick was sacked 38 times in his rookie season, and he only played in 12 games. The Titans’ offensive line ranked dead last in pass protection in 2015 according to Football Outsiders.
That’s why Titans head coach Mike Mularkey hired Grimm. While he hasn’t coached since 2012, Grimm has 21 years of experience. He was on the staff when the 2005 Steelers won the Super Bowl. Among his protégés was Hall of Fame candidate Alan Faneca.
On @WUZ1045, Russ Grimm: Faneca put his feet up, didn’t always take notes, went out and had no mental errors. Others need different approach
— Paul Kuharsky (@PaulKuharskyNFL) February 11, 2016
Grimm’s task is one of many the Titans (3-13) face if they want to someday be relevant in January.