A former college and NFL quarterback, Dave Ragone finds himself in the unusual position of readjusting to what the position is all about as he prepares for the 2013 season.
Ragone, who was Titans receivers coach the past two years, was recently switched to quarterbacks coach. He replaced Dowell Loggains, who was officially promoted to offensive coordinator after five games in that role last season.
"It's a great opportunity to work with some talented guys," Ragone said while watching Senior Bowl practice Wednesday. "You're at one position for a couple of years, so now it's just about getting your eyes back to the position and seeing things the way the quarterback does."
When Ragone was coaching receivers, he thought that having played quarterback at Louisville and with the Texans allowed him to give his pupils an idea of what quarterbacks were expecting.
He figured the reverse would hold true as well now that he's coaching the quarterbacks.
"It's just understanding how our (wide receivers) are motivated and also why," Ragone said. "You understand the problems when you're coaching another position that maybe you didn't have an appreciation for. … It's getting an understanding of information that you could pass on to the quarterback that you didn't have if you didn't coach the position prior."
Ragone's top priority is helping quarterback Jake Locker to improve from an up-and-down year in his first season as a starter.
Locker, who missed almost six full games with a shoulder injury, completed 56.4 percent of his passes with 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He threw for 2,176 yards and posted a 74.0 passer rating as the Titans finished 6-10.
Tennessee Titans' Dave Ragone readjusts to coaching quarterbacks
Tennessean | Jan 25