In Michael, Titans hope for new and fresh

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans' new offensive coordinator, Jason Michael, is younger than kicker Rob Bironas.

I've got no problem at all with a 35-year old coordinator, so long as he brings fresh ideas and understands personnel, players and people.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt will be calling the plays. So Michael will be somewhat of a coordinator-lite. But there is plenty of work with ideas, film study, practice and game-planning even if he's not talking into the quarterback's headset on Sundays.

"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 in a press release announcing his first hire from the outside. "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 has 11 years of coaching experience, including eight seasons in the NFL. He joins the Titans after spending three seasons (2011-13) as the tight ends coach for the San Diego Chargers.

"This is a great situation," Michael said in the same release. "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."