Ken Whisenhunt has filled the two remaining position coach vacancies on his staff, adding Bob Bostad as offensive line coach and Giff Smith as defensive line coach.
Both were interviewed this week at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., by Whisenhunt.
Bostad comes to the Titans from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he coached with new quarterbacks coach John McNulty on Greg Schiano's staff.
“I have heard a lot about Bob through a number of people that I trust and I like the way his lines play,” Whisenhunt said. “I know in his background, he has had a lot of success as a line coach and he did a nice job in the interview this week. I thought it was a good match for what we want to do. Another thing that impressed me about him was number of guys that he developed that have gone on to play in the NFL. That is good sign, that he can coach and develop that type of player, which is important for a line coach.”
Bostad, who spent 22 years in the college ranks before joining the Bucs last year, said he is excited to join Whisenhunt's staff.
“I think the chance to work with coach Whisenhunt, who is highly respected in the NFL, and seeing his body of work and to be involved in his system is really exciting for me,” Bostad said. “As a coach, what is important to me is that the guys know what they are doing, that they are going to play with confidence, feel comfortable in the system and communicate with each other. We don’t want guys out there thinking they are splitting the atom, because it is a fast game and there isn’t really time to be indecisive. Technique is important and we will drill that and become consistent at it. The goal is to get the group to play as one.”
Smith has spent the past three seasons coaching the defensive line of the Buffalo Bills and previously had worked at Georgia Tech, where he coached Titans defensive end Derrick Morgan.
“What I really liked about Giff was his versatility with the defensive line – he has done both 3-4 and 4-3, which means he is flexible enough to adapt and yet still get good production out of his players,” Whisenhunt said. “I know from having to play against him two years ago what a difficult challenge it was facing that group and how well he handled them. So we are excited to get Giff here to work with our defensive line.”
Smith is also excited to be joining Whisenhunt's staff in Tennessee and to be reunited with Morgan.
“I think it is an exciting time, working with someone like coach Whisenhunt and his track record, being able to win and get to a Super Bowl,” Smith said. “To be a part of that and also to be a part of what Ray Horton has been able to do defensively is an exciting time and I am looking forward to being a part of it. As a coach, I believe in execution of the defensive plan and being technique-oriented. I am aggressive in style, I believe in pressuring the quarterback and being physical against the run. I believe you can continue to develop players – whether it is college or the pros. Kyle Williams hadn’t been to a Pro Bowl and we were able to get him to his first two. I am looking forward to working with Derrick Morgan again and keep improving his game. I have known him since his high school days in Pennsylvania and he is an excellent football player and an excellent person.”