UPDATE: After a day of wondering if Ohio State would lose Ryan Day, it appears that the co-offensive coordinator is expected to stay in Columbus through 2018, per Adam Schefter. Good news for the upcoming Buckeye quarterbacks, who should excel under the former NFL assistant’s tutelage.
Ohio St. co-offensive coordinator Ryan Day is expected to remain in Columbus and not become the Tennessee Titans’ offensive coordinator, per source. Titans’ OC search continues.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 23, 2018
There were rumors that former Buckeye OC Ed Warinner could be joining Mike Vrabel’s staff in Tennessee, but as of now, the search is still underway for the Titans.
On Saturday, most of Buckeye Nation was thrilled for former Ohio State All-American, three-time Super Bowl champion, and former Buckeye assistant coach Mike Vrabel as he was named the head coach of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans. However, OSU fans might be a little less excited about what Vrabes might do next.
New Titans’ HC Mike Vrabel’s offensive coordinator hire is significant, and....Ohio St. co-offensive coordinator Ryan Day is considering becoming the Titans’ OC, according to league sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 21, 2018
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the first-time head coach is pursuing Ohio State co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day for the OC job with the Titans. Day, who just completed his first season in Columbus, is no stranger to the NFL ranks, having served as the QB coach for both the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers; both stops coming under new UCLA head coach Chip Kelly.
In the build up to last month’s Cotton Bowl, OSU coach Urban Meyer was fairly open when discussing potential coaching moves from his staff, alluding to an assistant who had turned down the opportunity to interview for an SEC head coaching job to remain in Columbus. Many assumed that assistant was Day.
Day turned down a potential head coaching opportunity at an SEC school (believed to be Mississippi State) to stay at Ohio State, but has a history of working in the NFL. Was the Philadelphia Eagles' quarterbacks coach in 2015 and San Francisco 49ers' quarterbacks coach in 2016. https://t.co/H2SPOwY60l— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) January 21, 2018
Day has been instrumental in recruiting during his first year at OSU, including being one of the main factors in Texas-QB Matthew Baldwin committing to the Buckeyes in December.
If Day was to leave for the Titans, he would be the first OSU assistant to break Meyer’s two-year pledge for assistant coaches. In order to build stability in his staff, since coming to Columbus, Meyer has asked that his assistants commit to staying with the Buckeyes for at least two seasons. However, given for whom Day would be leaving to work for, Meyer might let this one slide.
In Tennessee, Day would be tasked with working with former Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota who, despite completing the most passes (281) in his NFL career in 2017, also threw for the fewest yards per game (215.5) and touchdowns (13) in his three-year professional stint.