Not long after meeting with Nick Holz, the Titans have landed on him as their new offensive coordinator. The Jaguars passing coordinator has been tapped for Tennessee’s OC position, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Holz interviewed with Tennessee on Monday as part of the team’s search for a Tim Kelly replacement. Now, he will make an intra-divisional move and take on a new position with the Titans’ new-look coaching staff. Despite not doing so during his time with the Bengals, new head coach Brian Callahan will call plays on offense for Tennessee.
Holz, 39, and Callahan worked alongside each other with the Raiders in 2018, making them a logical pair to reunite in Tennessee. The former held a number of titles during his Raiders tenure, which lasted from 2012-21, but his only OC experience came in 2022 when he served on UNLV’s staff.
Following that one-year stint, Holz returned to the NFL on Jacksonville’s staff. The Jaguars did not meet expectations during the latter part of the season in particular on offense, leaving the the team out of the postseason. While quarterback Trevor Lawrence‘s injuries were a factor, Holz will head to Tennessee with a number of challenges and no OC experience in the pro game. He will nevertheless be a key member of the Titans’ efforts to develop Will Levis.
The 2023 second-rounder took over for an injured Ryan Tannehill midway through the campaign, and he is now in place atop Tennessee’s depth chart. A number of other moves will no doubt be coming on offense for the team – with improvement along the O-line and in the skill-position corps needed for a return to the playoffs – but Levis’ Year Two growth will be a central storyline in Nashville.
Tennessee met with Buccaneers QBs coach Thad Lewis as part of the team’s OC search, and the Titans also submitted an interview request with Dolphins associate head coach Eric Studesville. After a relatively brief process to find a Kelly replacement, Holz will now take on a key position on Callahan’s initial staff. The Titans have been busy this offseason, but several major vacancies on the sidelines have now been filled.
Earlier this week, the Titans worked out an agreement to hire Ravens defensive backs coach Dennard Wilson as their new defensive coordinator. He, too, does not have NFL DC experience, just as Callahan has never been a head coach at the pro level before. An inexperienced staff will be in place in Tennessee for the 2024 season as the team looks to rebound from the struggles of the past two years.