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Potential loss of QB coach Ryan Day to NFL could deal blow to Buckeyes

Both ESPN and The Tennessean report that new Tennessee Titans coach Mike Vrabel is targeting Ohio State assistant Ryan Day for an offensive coordinator position.

Day is the co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Buckeyes.

Day replaced Tim Beck on the OSU staff following the 2016 season, and helped J.T. Barrett improve from averaging 196.5 passing yards per game in 2016 to 218.1 yards per game in 2017. Barrett’s completion percentage also jumped, from 61.5 percent to 64.7 percent, and his quarterback rating went from 135.3 to 160.1.

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has credited Day with introducing some “dynamic” crossing route concepts to the team’s offense.

This would be a particularly tough time for the Buckeyes to lose Day, as they will have three relatively inexperienced quarterbacks in Dwayne Haskins, Joe Burrow, and Tate Martell battling for the starting job in 2018.

Martell already has expressed dismay at the prospect of losing Day.

Day, who has NFL experienced, makes perfect sense for the Titans.

One reason Tennessee parted ways with Mike Mularkey is Marcus Mariota’s lack of development, and there is ample reason to believe that Day would run a Chip Kelly-style offense in which Mariota could flourish.

Day played quarterback for New Hampshire, where Kelly was the offensive coordinator. Then Day went on to serve as Kelly’s quarterbacks coach with the 49ers and Eagles.

Vrabel, a former Buckeye himself, has a defensive background. He will be introduced at a news conference Monday.

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(You can follow Lori Schmidt on Twitter @LoriSchmidt)

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