Is there a disconnection between the coaching staff and players from the Tennessee Titans? ProFootballTalk has claimed that a source has reportedly informed them that Titans players are disgruntled with second-year offensive coordinator Chris Palmer. "As Nashville Turns," the main question that's supposedly brought up is "What has this guy ever done?"
I'm not a big supporter for Palmer. I've been on the fence about him since he was signed from the United Football League in 2011. At the time of his hire, I was immensely skeptical of his arrival. I recalled his unsuccessful stint as the Cleveland Browns' head coach from 1999 through 2000.
For Palmer, this is a very important season. The Titans must learn whether they're committed to him for the long term. I'm a huge believer in continuity between the quarterback and offensive play-caller (normally the offensive coordinator). Mike Munchak doesn't want to change offensive coordinators every other offseason.
For Locker's sake, I like Palmer. As a play-caller? I don't know. My biggest concern with him is his play-calling on third down. There are too many times when this offense is running plays that are short of the first-down marker. An example of this was the loss to the Indianapolis Colts in 2011. Even with Matt Hasselbeck, Palmer was calling plays as if he were trying to not lose. I'm also concerned with the downward spiral of the run-offense with Chris Johnson and Javon Ringer.
What I'm most concerned about is the dismissive attitude from the player or players who questioned "What has this guy ever done?" Palmer has a coaching resume that dates back to 1972. He won a Super Bowl as the quarterbacks coach of the 2007 New York Giants. From 2007 through 2009, Palmer was credited for tutoring Eli Manning.
There aren't many players on this roster who have playoff experience, much less Super Bowl experience. Whoever made those comments just sounds like someone who has a bone to pick with him. "What has this guy ever done" is the one argument that isn't logical when discussing Palmer.
Palmer has a Super Bowl. Now can he win a Lombardi Trophy as a play-caller? That's yet to be determined.
These types of comments shouldn't come after a Week 1 loss to the NFL's best Week 1 team. Let's not forget that the New England Patriots have won nine consecutive regular-season openers. Since 2001, they have five conference championships and three Super Bowls
The Titans continue their season with a road game against the San Diego Chargers in Week 2.
Joshua Huffman graduated from Middle Tennessee State University as a marketing major in 2009. He's been a Middle Tennessee resident from 1986-88 and 2001-present. He lived in the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin from 1988-01 and for approximately eight months in 2009-10 as he completed a 20-game volunteer position with the USHL's Green Bay Gamblers. His favorite sports organizations include the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cubs, Nashville Predators and Tennessee Titans. He can be found on Twitter HERE.
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