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Rookie play-caller Jason Michael about to debut for Titans

"I'm going to let him have it and if I think there's something that needs to be addressed, I'll address it in between series," interim coach Mike Mularkey said of giving Jason Michael, above, play-calling duties. AP Photo/Mark Humphrey

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Offensive coordinator Jason Michael will have the responsibilities that traditionally come with the job title starting Sunday.

Titans interim coach Mike Mularkey said Michael is now the team's play-caller. Ken Whisenhunt, fired on Tuesday, called plays during all 23 games of his tenure with the Titans.

"Jason understands and runs the offense," Mularkey said. "... He knows this offense inside and out. There's a big trust factor there, and I trust him that he'll put us in the right situation. We'll talk a lot, but it's hard to concentrate when you get too many people on the (head)phones.

"I'm going to let him have it and if I think there's something that needs to be addressed, I'll address it in between series."

The 37-year old Michael played quarterback at Western Kentucky in 1999-2000. He's coached at the University of Tennessee and with the Raiders, Jets, 49ers and Chargers, where he met Whisenhunt who brought him to the Titans.

While he's helped devise a lot of game plans, he's never called plays before.

While Mularkey promised not to intervene too much, if a first-time play-caller has any difficulties, he'll have a boss with a wealth of experience at it to lean on.

Mularkey said protection schemes will change and run-pass balance will be a priority.

"Some protection (changes), some scheme-wise as well," he said. "Things that, again, without showing our hand, things that going back to my days in Pittsburgh as a coordinator, with a quarterback that's as talented as Marcus (Mariota) is, his ability to do some things like I had with Kordell (Stewart) back in Pittsburgh, and then his ability to do like Matt (Ryan) I had in Atlanta.

"(Mariota) has got a lot of the similarities to both of those guys which is being dangerous to defenses. You'll see some things different, whether you recognize it or not, it will be."