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Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Line hires bring mostly college experience

By Paul Kuharsky

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Ken Whisenhunt has added plenty of experience to his Tennessee Titans staff.

Tight ends coach Mike Mularkey has been a head coach of two different NFL teams. Lou Spanos spent a long time coaching a quality group of Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers. Ray Horton has coordinated two different NFL defenses.

I wrote earlier Wednesday that his final two position coach hires, for the offensive and defensive lines, would be biggies.

Whisenhunt has gone with two guys in the posts who have worked more in college than in the pros.

Per John Glennon of The Tennessean, the Titans have agreed to terms with Giff Smith as defensive line coach and Bob Bostad as offensive line coach.

By no means does NFL experience tell us everything about an NFL assistant, but the Titans can't miss on either of these guys if they want to develop into the sort of physical team president and CEO Tommy Smith, general manager Ruston Webster and Whisenhunt have espoused.

Smith, 45, has three years of professional coaching experience, from 2010-12 with the Buffalo Bills. He made college coaching stops at Georgia, Georgia Southern, Tulane and Georgia Tech, where he coached Titans defensive end Derrick Morgan. (A bio from the Bills.)

Bostad, 47, coached the defensive line for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012-13. Before that he was on the staffs at UW-Stevens Point, Minnesota, Cal State Northridge, San Jose State, New Mexico and Wisconsin. (A bio from the Badgers.)

I’m anxious to hear from Whisenhunt about them, and from them about the opportunity in Tennessee.