The Tennessee Titans have promoted assistant coach Shane Bowen to defensive coordinator, the team announced on Friday.
The Titans had previously interviewed Steelers senior defensive assistant Teryl Austin for the position.
Bowen has been with the Titans since 2018 as outside linebackers coach. Before that, he served as a defensive assistant for the Houston Texans in 2016-17 and worked at the collegiate level for Kennesaw State, Ohio State and his alma mater, Georgie Tech. The 34-year-old Bowen is a Pickerington, Ohio native.
The Titans did not have a defensive coordinator in 2020 after Dean Pees retired last January, with head coach Mike Vrabel serving in the role.
Austin just finished his second season with the Steelers after coming over from Cincinnati, where he was the Bengals’ defensive coordinator under Marvin Lewis in 2018. Austin was also an NFL defensive coordinator with the Detroit Lions from 2014-17.
Devin Bush Shares Update on ACL Recovery
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Devin Bush joined the Steelers Nation Unite Huddle with fans on Thursday and provided an update on his recovery from the knee injury that prematurely ended his 2020 season.
“Rehab is going good. I am on schedule,” said Bush. “I am feeling stronger week by week. I am trying to get ready physically for next year, especially for camp. I am just staying positive about things and doing everything I can possible to make myself one of the best players next year.”
While spending the better half of last season injured proved a challenge for Bush, those emotions have only added to his motivation throughout the recovery process.
“Missing the time with your teammates, coaches and everybody in the building,” said Bush. “It’s hard to be alone and watch football every Sunday, not able to participate. A lot of that motivation comes from that. As a competitor, motivation of coming back and being better is another motivator. Just sitting there and being able to take everything in and put that energy somewhere else. You have to put that inside your rehab and things you want to get accomplished next year.”
The time away also provided Bush a new perspective of the game.
“Wherever I was at the time, it allowed me to watch the game as a fan,” said Bush. “It allowed me to see the whole picture rather than be on the defensive side of the ball.”
Bush suffered the knee injury in the Steelers’ Week 6 win over the Cleveland Browns. Prior to the injury, Bush had 26 total tackles, a sack and three passes defended.
Selected in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft out of Michigan, Bush was named to the league’s All-Rookie team. He has tallied 135 combined tackles, nine tackles-for-loss, two interceptions, two sacks and a fumble recovery for a touchdown.
Should the Steelers Keep Mike Hilton or Cam Sutton?
The Pittsburgh Steelers have a number of important players that are set to become free agents this offseason. The cap-strapped team will not be able to bring every player they like back, and that means making some tough decisions of who to prioritize.
Both Mike Hilton and Cam Sutton have become key contributors to the Pittsburgh secondary as slot cornerbacks. They both are arguably underrated in their own way.
If the Steelers can only keep one, and that’s likely the case, which cornerback should the Steelers retain between Hilton or Sutton?
ESPN’s Mel Kiper Projects Alabama C Landon Dickerson to Steelers in Latest Mock Draft
ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper, Jr. predicted that the Pittsburgh Steelers will select Alabama center Landon Dickerson in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft in his latest mock draft.
Kiper, who released his second mock draft of the season on Thursday, has the Steelers staying with the No. 24 overall pick in the first round to take Dickerson in a mock draft that has three trades in the first round.
The 6-foot-6, 325-pound Alabama grad could play center or guard, but would be immediately be slotted in as a replacement for retired starter Maurkice Pouncey at center.
Dickerson spent his first three seasons at Florida State before transferring to Alabama in 2019. He started four games at right guard and nine games at center in 2019 and started at center in 2020, where he was the winner of the Rimington Trophy as the country’s best center.
Dickerson suffered an ACL injury in the SEC Championship Game in December and concerns regarding that injury have depressed Dickerson’s draft value, but he is generally considered to be the best center in the class and no worse than a second-round pick.