Titans hire Michael as OC

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New Tennessee Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt named former San Diego Chargers tight ends coach Jason Michael as offensive coordinator on Friday.

Whisenhunt was the Chargers' offensive coordinator during the 2013 season before the Titans hired him this week.

"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 on the Titans' 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's previous NFL jobs were with the Oakland Raiders as quality control coach, the New York Jets as quality control, quarterbacks and tight ends coach, and the San Francisco 49ers as quarterbacks coach.

"This is a great situation," Michael said. "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 (Ky.) -- an opportunity to come home to be the offensive coordinator for the Titans."

Whisenhunt has not named a defensive coordinator. The leading candidate is reported to be former Cleveland Browns and Arizona Cardinals coordinator Ray Horton.
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