Mike Munchak just called a screen pass on third and long by selecting Chris Palmer as the Titans new offensive coordinator. It's the type of call that usually fails to pick up a first down but occasionally works. It's usually a safe call, one that may not gain any yardage but at least it's not as risky as throwing the ball downfield into double coverage.
Translation: the Titans offense probably won't get any better but there's not much risk it will get worse either.
The 61-year old Palmer is probably best known to Titans fans as the offensive coordinator for the Jaguars (1997-98) and for the expansion Texans (2001-05). He was also the head coach of the expansion Browns (1999-2000) and was once the wide receivers coach for the Oilers (1990-92).
I am completely underwhelmed. Munch fired Dinger to make this move?
One coordinator position down, one more to go.
With the hiring of Jerry Gray, the Tennessee Titans have found their head honcho on the defensive side of the football. Meanwhile, new head coach Mike Munchak is still in need of a guy to run the offense.
As Andrew mentioned in his most recent article, experience running a West Coast offense has been a shared characteristic of some of the names associated with the Titans' vacant offensive coordinator position. I agree with my writing colleague that this could also be an indicator of the type of quarterback the team is looking for as they continue to conduct their search for a new starting signal-caller.
We've already examined a few QB possibilities with West Coast experience such as Kevin Kolb, Donovan McNabb and Matt Hasselbeck. Now it's time to take a look at a sleeper of sorts: Green Bay's Matt Flynn, a young talent who may have displayed enough promise in only 1 NFL start to make some team giddy enough to send the Packers a high-draft pick in exchange for Aaron Rodgers' backup.
It's been five days since Mike Munchak was named as the new head coach of the Titans and I like some of the moves he has made. Hiring Bruce Matthews was one. Adding Jerry Gray as his defensive coordinator today is another.
Gray, as many Titans fans remember, was once the secondary coach here. Former Titans safety Blaine Bishop said on the radio the other day that Gray was the best position coach he ever had and was very good at teaching technique. The Oilers/Titans were 27th, 20th, 25th and 1st in pass defense (yards) and t-15th, t-21st, t-27th and 1st in pass defense (touchdowns) in Gray's four years as secondary coach.
Since his departure, the Titans have failed to replace "Fat Albert's" bulky presence. Heading into the offseason, acquiring the services of a wide body at DT was definitely on the team's to-do list.
Yesterday, the Cleveland Browns released Shaun Rogers, a 6'4", 350 pound behemoth who will now be available to any and everyone once free agency begins. Considering the team's need for some beef at the DT position, should Rogers be on the Titans' radar?
|Steve Watterson needs to stay with the Titans. Photo by Andrew Strickert for Total Titans.|
Of the remaining coaches on the Titans' staff, there are only two I'd really like for Mike Munchak to retain -- Steve Watterson and Dowell Loggains. I would have liked for Munch to keep Mike Heimerdinger as well, but that didn't happen.
I'm ambivalent about the other coaches. I wouldn't mind seeing any of them go. On the other hand, if Munch likes any of them enough to keep them, I'm all right with that too.
Here are my thoughts on each of the remaining Titans assistant coaches.
Steve Watterson - Probably the most underappreciated coach on the Titans staff, at least among fans. I'll bet Munch appreciates him, though. I don't see Munch letting him go at all.
|Will Ray Sherman replace Mike Heimerdinger?|
It's not a complete surprise that Mike Munchak has decided to release Mike Heimerdinger from his duties as offensive coordinator. I liked Dinger and hoped he would be retained, but it's Munch's prerogative to form his own staff. All the best to Dinger and best wishes for his health and continued recovery.
The obvious question is who will Munch bring in to replace Dinger? I'm sure having a previous relationship with Munch will not be a prerequisite, but many coaches, especially new ones, like to hire guys they are familiar with and know they can work with. Looking back at guys he has coached with, I reviewed a few names. Norm Chow is a definite no. Sherman Smith is a probable no. Craig Johnson would be a possibility, but he just accepted a job with the Vikings.
Then there's Ray Sherman, the former Titans’ wide receivers coach.