Titans restructure staff in response to running backs coach's departure

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at 6:45pm
Staff reports

The Tennessee Titans restructured their coaching staff Wednesday, four days before the start of training camp, as three offensive assistants were given new responsibilities. The moves were necessitated by the unexpected departure over the weekend of running backs coach Kennedy Pola.

Craig Johnson, a member of the staff since 2000 and the quarterbacks coach since 2002, was promoted to assistant head coach – running backs. Johnson coached running backs at two different universities, most recently at Rutgers from 1986-88.

Dowell Loggains, the offensive quality control coach the past two seasons, was promoted to quarterbacks/passing game coach, and Richie Wessman was elevated from offensive assistant to quality control – offense.

“We are very fortunate to have a coach like Craig (Johnson) with his background and flexibility on our staff,” coach Jeff Fisher said in announcing the moves. “He has coached running backs before and he has a deep knowledge of our offense. We sat and talked for a while and I know both of us are excited to see him in this new role.

“Both Dowell and Richie also deserve to have their responsibilities increase on the staff and I expect them to be successful in their new spots.”

Pola, who was hired in January, accepted the job as offensive coordinator at USC on Saturday. In response, the Titans filed a lawsuit against USC and coach Lane Kiffin on Monday.

“After some internal discussion, we have come up with a plan that will work well both from an offensive staff standpoint and in the best interest for the players and team,” Fisher said.