Is the end of 'Hoss' with the Titans another move in a cutthroat trend?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Paul Noska worked under 10 Oilers/Titans head coaches and, technically, seven general managers, though his overlap with Ran Carthon was quite short.

Wednesday, the team didn’t renew Noska’s contract, ending his 40 years with the franchise and their last remaining personnel tie to the Houston Oilers. “Hoss,” as he was known, is 59 and knew no other life than serving a light-blue locker room.

Paul Noska and Earl Campbell

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The team's rationale for the move is unclear. There may be some big reason he was not brought back. It would run counter to the character generations of players have responded to.

“Hoss was so old school and I loved it,” said Bernard Pollard, a safety with the Titans in 2013 and 2014. “He and his staff made sure the guys were taken care of. Hoss was so serious about work and making sure the job was done. He was great at his job and he made sure the guys under him knew how to be great as well. One of the best equipment staffs I’ve been around. Love that dude.”

The move seems a bit symbolic of a trend with some of the team’s senior-most employees.

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