NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans changed little about their defensive staff and a lot about their defensive personnel after a horrific performance in 2020.

The new players have to do their thing, of course, but in his second season as Mike Vrabel’s most prominent defensive assistant, Shane Bowen is center stage now.


Shane Bowen, pool photo, George Walker, The Tennessean

He is no longer tethered to the Titans’ outside linebackers. He wears the defensive coordinator tag and owns the freedom to roam position practice meetings and practice periods.

Things will be different for him in 2021.

“Ultimately being the final voice, right, it has changed in that regard,” he said, though with the alpha Mike Vrabel above him there will certainly be times we’re left to wonder how final.

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