Titan coordinator old-school planning
Posted: Friday, May 25, 2012 7:00 pm
By TERESA M. WALKER
AP Sports Writer
NASHVILLE (AP) — Nate Washington jokes that Titans offensive coordinator Chris Palmer has been busy in the “lab” scheming up new ways for Tennessee to attack on offense. Well, what’s new actually is something a bit old school.
Just call it a variation of the run and shoot.
Palmer said Thursday he is expanding the playbook from the limited approach introduced last year that provided minimal options for receivers. It’s the same offensive system Palmer has been using for 20 years, dating to his days working with the then-Houston Oilers when now-Titans head coach Mike Munchak played guard alongside current offensive line coach Bruce Matthews and blocked for Warren Moon when they called it the run and shoot.
“I’ve taken that every place I’ve gone,” Palmer said. We’ve been fortunate to be successful with it.”
Palmer said the run and shoot is alive and well and points to the number of NFL teams using four wide receiver-sets. The biggest difference from the pass-happy offense the Oilers used to now is protecting the quarterback. Palmer said the key now is dropping the quarterback instead of rolling behind the tackle to throw.
“To score you’ve got to be able to throw the ball. To win, you’ve got to be able to run. You’re going to hit some bad weather and you’re going to have to be able to run,” Palmer said.
That helps explain why the Titans used their first-round draft pick on receiver Kendall Wright out of Baylor, even though they have Kenny Britt expected back by the start of the season after tearing his right ACL and MCL last September.
They also have a group of receivers who turned in their best seasons yet in Palmer’s first season as coordinator.
Palmer said the best three will be on the field, though he expects Britt and Wright to be in that group along with Washington, who had a career year with 74 catches for 1,023 yards and seven touchdowns.
“I’m a much better coach with those two guys I can tell you that,” Palmer said of Britt and Wright.
The Titans posted passing numbers not seen by this franchise since Moon was filling the air at the old Astrodome in Palmer’s first season as coordinator. Matt Hasselbeck threw for 3,571 yards, fourth-best total in franchise history behind Warren Moon. Published in The Messenger 5.25.12