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Shane Bowen

Defensive Coordinator


Shane Bowen is in his sixth season with the Titans and his eighth season coaching in the NFL. He was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2021 after spending his first three seasons with the Titans as outside linebackers coach.  

In his first two seasons as defensive coordinator, Bowen directed one of the NFL's stingiest defenses against the run and one of the best defensive units on third down. From 2021 through 2022, opponents averaged a league-low 80.7 rushing yards per game (2,745 total) against the Titans. In that span, Bowen's defense allowed a total of two individual 100-yard rushers—one in each season. At the same time, the defense allowed a third-down conversion rate of 35.4 percent (154 of 435), which ranked third behind the Buffalo Bills (34.1) and Baltimore Ravens (34.9).  

In 2022, the Titans led the NFL in rushing defense for the first time since 2003, surrendering a league-low average of 76.9 yards per contest (1,307 total) for the second-best finish in franchise history (73.4 in 1960). The Titans also ranked third in third-down defense in 2022, allowing a conversion rate of 34.2 percent (77 of 225). The 28 total starters used on defense was the second-highest total in the NFL, and the 40 total players used on defense led the league. 

In 2021, Bowen's first season as defensive coordinator, the Titans ranked second in the NFL in rushing defense (84.6). Only one individual rusher all season accumulated more than 70 rushing yards in a game against the Titans.  

The 2021 defense tied for ninth in sacks (43), while outside linebacker Harold Landry III (12 sacks) and defensive linemen Denico Autry (nine sacks) and Jeffery Simmons (8.5) made up the NFL's only trio with at least eight sacks each. In the divisional playoffs, the Titans set a new franchise postseason record and matched the NFL postseason record with nine sacks against the Cincinnati Bengals.  

Bowen's unit also ranked 12th in total defense (329.8 per game), sixth on third down (36.7 percent) and sixth in scoring defense (20.8 points per game) in 2021.  

Landry, Simmons and safety Kevin Byard were all named to the Pro Bowl following the 2021 campaign, with Byard adding first-team All-Pro honors. It was the first of two consecutive Pro Bowl nods for Simmons.