The Titans have asked for and received permission to interview Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, as Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. He’s also expected to interview with the Eagles this week, per Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press (on Twitter).
Prior to taking over as the Lions’ DC in 2014, Austin was a defensive backs coach with the Ravens, Cardinals, and Seahawks. The veteran coach also briefly served as the University of Florida’s defensive coordinator in 2010. Austin garnered attention from the league when the Lions graded out as one of the league’s best defenses in 2014. In 2015, Austin was without the likes of Ndamukong Suh, DeAndre Levy, and Nick Fairley, but he still managed to get results out of his defense, particularly down the stretch.
Austin has already interviewed with the Browns, Dolphins (prior to the hiring of Adam Gase), and the Giants. When the defensive coordinator interviews with the Titans and Eagles, that will make a grand total of five for Austin, making him one of the most highly requested candidates of the offseason. Recently, the Fritz Pollard Alliance, an organization that works with the NFL to ensure that minority candidates are considered for coaching and front office jobs, listed Austin as one of six picks for head coaching gigs. Austin joined Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards, Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin, Bills running backs coach, and assistant head coach Anthony Lynn, and Cowboys secondary coach Jerome Henderson on the list.
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