Titans hire Jason Michael as offensive coordinator

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com

Jason Michael joins Ken Whisenhunt in Tennessee. (Chargers.com)
Jason Michael joins Ken Whisenhunt in Tennessee. (Chargers.com)

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New Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt has named Jason Michael offensive coordinator. Michael was previously the Chargers' tight ends coach, where Whisenhunt served as offensive coordinator during the 2013 season.

“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,” Whisenhunt said, according to the team's website. “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.”

Michael added: “This is a great situation. The opportunity to work with Whiz and follow him there to Tennessee is exciting both professionally and personally. In the one year working with Whiz, I learned a great deal and we worked really well together. His ability to create an offense that is built around the strengths of the players led to success for us in San Diego and it will be fun to come there and create an offense that is built around a new group of players. Nine years ago, this would have been the job I dreamed about -- with my wife from Knoxville and going to school in Bowling Green (Kentucky) -- an opportunity to come home to be the offensive coordinator for the Titans.”

Michael has 11 years of coaching experience, including eight years in the NFL with the Raiders (quality control coach), Jets (quality control coach, quarterbacks coach, tight ends coach), 49ers (quarterbacks) and Chargers.

Prior to his coaching career, Michael attended Western Kentucky where he led the Hilltoppers to the 2002 NCAA I-AA championship.

Whisenhunt has yet to hire a defensive coordinator but Ray Horton, who served in that capacity with the Browns in 2013 and the Cardinals before that, is considered the favorite.

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