Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Chris Palmer a stunner as Titans OC
By Paul Kuharsky
Immediate questions reacting to the news that the Titans have hired Chris Palmer as their new offensive coordinator:
- Last year he was head coach of the Hartford Colonials in the United Football League. Cue the punch lines.
- He’s yet another Oiler being recycled, having served as an assistant from 1990-92.
- He’s best known, fair or not, for his failures as the first coach of the reincarnation of the Cleveland Browns, where he worked with quarterback Tim Couch.
- He worked with Eli Manning as Giants quarterback coach, helping New York win a Super Bowl.
- He’s also worked with Tony Romo and Drew Bledsoe. But beyond Manning, his two biggest projects were David Carr and Couch, and neither panned out into much.
- He’s 61, when young offensive minds are the trend for much of the league.
- Is he for sure a better guy going forward than Mike Heimerdinger? I'm quite skeptical.
“I was able to talk to a number of candidates and Chris was the coach who fit what I was looking for,” Titans coach Mike Munchak said in a news release. “Chris has a wealth of experience as a coordinator and a coach. He is a great teacher of the game and has been around a variety of good coaches and winning football programs. He has helped develop many quarterbacks and understands what that process is like, as he raised their games to a high level over time.”
Munchak’s set to introduce defensive coordinator Jerry Gray in a little more than an hour. When we talk offensive coordinator, my primary question will be who were the other candidates?
We’ll have to wait to judge Palmer, as I suggested earlier Tuesday in a post about whoever the offensive coordinator would be. But this move isn’t getting me, or many people in Nashville, excited.
“I have known Mike as a player and a coach for 21 years,” Palmer said in the announcement. “He was an outstanding player and is a terrific coach. Mike and I have had some really good conversations and meetings and I am excited to be joining the staff. Offensively, I am very impressed with the personnel they already have in place, but it doesn’t matter what level you are talking about -- high school, college, pro -- you are only going to be as good as your quarterback and that will be something we work on. I also believe in running the football and the Titans have historically done such a good job of that, whether it was Eddie George or Chris Johnson. Running it creates opportunities in the play-action game and helps the quarterback.”