The Tennessee Titans announced the hiring of Chargers TE coach Jason Michael as their next offensive coordinator.
“Jason really impresses me with his knowledge of the run and pass game and he was a big part of putting together our plans last year in San Diego,” said new Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt. “He is very familiar with the offensive system that we want to implement here, which includes bits and pieces from a number of offensive systems. He is intelligent and a good communicator. He was responsible for presenting a couple of game-plan packages to our offense each week and he was impressive.”
Jim Wyatt reports that it “sounds like” the Titans have their sights set on Browns DC Ray Horton to be their next defensive coordinator.
- While the Titans had their eyes on Steelers LB coach Keith Butler, Gerry Dulac doesn’t see him leaving Pittsburgh.
- Wyatt adds that he is still hearing that Chargers TE coach Jason Michael is their main target for offensive coordinator.
- Wyatt reports that Titans new HC Ken Whisenhunt retained six of the team’s assistant coaches and even gave some of them year extensions.
Michael Gehlken of the Union Tribune San Diego reports that the Chargers have granted Titans permission to interview TE coach Jason Michael for their offensive coordinator position.
- Jim Wyatt reports that OC Dowell Loggains has been fired along with TEs coach George Henshaw and OL coach Bruce Matthews.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting that Browns DC Ray Horton and Chargers TE coach Jason Michael are the leading candidates for the Titans’ coordinator positions.
- Mortensen adds that Michael will permission from the Chargers to take the Titans offensive coordinator job.
- Ian Rapoport reports that Whisenhunt’s top choice for defensive coordinator is Steelers assistant Keith Butler.
- Rapoport adds that if Whisenhunt is unable to lure Butler away from Pittsburgh, he would likely go with Ray Horton.
New HC Ken Whisenhunt has worked with both of these coaches in previous stops.
Yesterday, reports indicated that the Browns will allow Horton to interview for head coaching and offensive coordinator positions, even though it could be a lateral move and teams can prevent coaches from doing this.
Horton is a very highly regarded defensive coach, so this would be a great addition to Whisenhunt’s staff.
We’ll have more as the news is available.