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 worked with Eli Manning as Giants quarterback coach, helping New York win a Super Bowl.
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.”