Jason Houghtaling is in his third season with the Titans and his first season as offensive line coach in 2023. He joined the Titans in 2021 as an offensive line assistant.
Houghtaling (last name pronounced "HO-tail-ing") entered the NFL coaching ranks after gaining 14 years of collegiate coaching experience, including five seasons as the head coach at Wagner. He arrived in Tennessee after spending 2020 as the offensive line coach at Colgate.
In 2022, Houghtaling helped oversee an offensive line that was forced to use six different starting combinations. Three members of the line recorded career highs in starts: Aaron Brewer (17), Dennis Daley (15) and rookie Nicholas Petit-Frere (16). Petit-Frere, a third-round pick, became the fourth offensive lineman in the franchise's "Titans era" (1999–present) to start at least 16 games as a rookie, while veteran center Ben Jones was named to his first Pro Bowl. The line helped Derrick Henry finish second in the NFL with 1,538 rushing yards.
In 2021, injuries forced the Titans to use seven different starting offensive line combinations, including five different starters at left tackle. However, the offense managed to finish fifth in rushing, averaging 141.4 rushing yards per game. Left guard Rodger Saffold III was named to his first career Pro Bowl.
Houghtaling had three different stints at Wagner, gaining experience as a running backs coach (2006), offensive line coach (2007-09), offensive coordinator (2011-12) and associate head coach/offensive coordinator (2014) prior to his tenure as head coach from 2015 to 2019.
During his time as Wagner's head coach, he coached 28 All-Northeast Conference selections. Future NFL players at Wagner under his direction included tackle Greg Senat, who he helped develop into a sixth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens; tackle Matt Diaz, who was signed by the Titans as a rookie free agent in 2018; linebacker Cam Gill, a 2020 rookie free agent with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; defensive tackle Chris Williams, a 2020 rookie free agent with the Indianapolis Colts; and defensive end Titus Leo, a sixth-round pick of the Colts in 2023. Houghtailing's teams also produced a two-time conference Defensive Player of the Year in Gill and the nation's second-leading rusher in 2018 in Ryan Fulse.