The Titans have filled the role of offensive coordinator, as today new head coach Mike Munchak announced the hiring of Chris Palmer, a former head coach with the Browns who spent last season coaching in the UFL. Munchak will also be introducing a new defensive coordinator – Jerry Gray.
Munchak said in a statement through the team that he talked to a number of candidates and that Palmer fits what he wanted.
“Chris has a wealth of experience as a coordinator and a coach,” Munchak said. “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 good quarterbacks and understands what that process is like, as he raised their games to a high level over time.”
Palmer spent last season as head coach of the United Football League’s Hartford Colonels. He was head coach of the Browns for two seasons as an expansion franchise in 1999-2000, and he also spent seven seasons in the AFC South as offensive coordinator with Jacksonville and Houston. He helped Mark Brunell post his highest passer rating of his career in 1997 at 91.2, and he was the first coordinator for the Texans as an expansion franchise working with David Carr.
Palmer called Munchak an outstanding player and terrific coach. “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,” Palmer said.
Palmer also was head coach at Boston University and New Haven in the college ranks. He even spent two years as an offensive coach for the USFL’s New Jersey Generals and a year with the Montreal Concordes of the Canadian Football League.