How Titans' Revamp Recalls Rams' 2016 Playbook

By MIKE HERNDON, columnist

What do the 2016 Rams have to do with the 2024 Titans? Well, quite a bit actually. Let’s just start with a list of names from that 2016 Rams squad that may be pretty familiar to fans in Tennessee:

  • Rams Director of Player Personnel: Ran Carthon
  • Rams Defensive Backs Coach: Dennard Wilson
  • Rams Linebacker Coach: Frank Bush
Tennessee Titans Head Coach Brian Callahan, left, and General Manager Ran Carthon, with ball, take in practice during rookie minicamp at Ascension Saint Thomas Sports Park in Nashville, Tenn., Friday, May 10, 2024.
  Ran Carthon with Brian Callahan/ © Denny Simmons / The Tennessean / USA TODAY NETWORK

That’s before you get to some of the shared history connections like Jeff Fisher, Dave McGinnis, Chuck Cecil, and Gregg Williams or players like Kenny Britt, Rodger Saffold, William Hayes, and Coty Sensabaugh. Not to mention the fact that the 2016 Rams and 2016 Titans made a franchise-altering draft swap that landed Jared Goff in Los Angeles and gave the pick that became Derrick Henry to Tennessee as part of a package that set up the Jon Robinson era for early success.

The intersection between the glory years of the Titans – represented by Fisher, Williams, Cecil, and McGinnis – with the new era featuring Carthon and Wilson is fascinating on its own, but even more

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