Apparently, it is not enough to have a head coach and offensive line coach who both were Hall of Fame blockers.
Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak added another voice of experience in that area when he named Art Valero assistant offensive line coach.
The move to provide a resource for offensive line coach Bruce Matthews, a relative novice as a coach, was one of several Munchak made on Tuesday. He also hired former NFL quarterback Dave Ragone to be wide receivers coach, Carl Parlavecchio as assistant special teams coach and Arthur Smith as defensive assistant/quality control.
Related to those hirings, special teams assistant Marty Galbraith and assistant secondary coach Tim Hauck were fired.
“Art has a bunch of experience coaching the offensive line and will be a great resource for Bruce [Matthews] and the entire offensive staff,” Munchak said.
Valero has spent the last nine seasons as an NFL assistant. In stints with Tampa Bay, St. Louis and Seattle, he has been assistant offensive line coach twice but also has worked with tight ends and running backs. He also spent time as assistant head coach with the Rams and Buccaneers.
Before the NFL, he spent 21 years in the college ranks — all as an offensive line and/or assistant head coach.
Ragone played quarterback under Titans offensive coordinator Chris Palmer for three seasons at Houston. He also was the 2003 Conference USA offensive player of the year at Louisville and the 2005 offensive MVP of NFL Europe.
He was Palmer’s quarterbacks coach last season in the United Football League.
“There are a number of former college and pro quarterbacks that have become great wide receiver coaches, and I think Dave will be another one in that group,” Munchak said. “He has a great understanding of offense and how it all fits together, and I believe he will be a good fit for the receivers room. He will give them a different perspective and different approach to the game.”
A college teammate of Munchak’s at Penn State, Parlavecchio has spent the majority of his coaching career as a high school coach in New Jersey.
Smith spent three years with the Washington Redskins, two as defensive quality control coach. Last year he was an administrative assistant at Ole Miss.