Chris Palmer, who was Eli Manning's quarterbacks coach until last year, has been hired as the Titans' offensive coordinator.
Palmer, the first coach of the Browns after they moved back to Cleveland in 1999, was head coach of the UFL's Hartford Colonials last season.
"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 had attempted to speak with Jets offensive line coach Bill Callahan and Bears offensive line coach Mike Tice for the position. Palmer was instrumental in turning Manning into a Super Bowl winning quarterback before moving on to the Colonials. In his first year without Palmer, Manning threw a career high 25 interceptions.
“I have known Mike as a player and a coach for 21 years,” said Palmer. "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.”