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Titans hire new running back coach for run-heavy offense

On Friday afternoon, new Titans offensive coordinator Chris Palmer laid out his plan for an ideal offense:  He wants at least 65 plays, with 35 rushes and 30 passes. He wants a time of possession around 32 minutes.

That type of ball-control run-heavy offense is rare in today’s offense, and difficult to attain.  Still, it clearly says what type of team the Titans want to be on offense.

To accomplish this, the Titans hired a well respected running backs coach in Jim Skipper.   (The team quickly confirmed a report by Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean regarding the hire.)  The former Panthers running back coach realized he’s lucky to go from DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart to Chris Johnson.

“To be in my profession, that is what you call blind luck,” Skipper said.

The Titans have an offensive line with good continuity with players in their prime.  They have Hall of Fame offensive linemen dotted all over the roster.

Tennessee may not have a quarterback yet, but Mike Munchak has an identity on offense already.

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7 Responses to “Titans hire new running back coach for run-heavy offense”
  1. mike83ri says: Feb 18, 2011 6:43 PM

    And with that, Chris Johnson just passed Adrian Peterson, Arian Foster and Jamaal Charles on most early Fantasy Draft Guides.

  2. baseballstars says: Feb 18, 2011 6:50 PM

    The Titans consistently pounded CJ up the middle last year, as if he was Eddie George. Foolish game planning lead to predictably poor results. Of course the Titans have to focus on the run, they don’t have a quarterback right now.

  3. rabidbillsfan says: Feb 18, 2011 7:53 PM

    Chan Gailey, Please take a page out of his book! Tell us what you want to do. We, as Bills fans, want to know!

  4. schmitty2 says: Feb 18, 2011 10:23 PM

    CJ better be in better shape then ever because hes going to get 350+ touches next year

  5. youboettcha says: Feb 19, 2011 12:29 AM

    What team did Jim Skipper play for back in his playing days?

  6. duffer58 says: Feb 19, 2011 12:54 AM

    You can talk run all you want. Good luck winning in NFL if they do not dramatically improve passing game.

  7. baseballstars says: Feb 19, 2011 9:55 AM

    No way do I bypass Foster, Peterson, or Charles for CJ. The Titans aren’t going to have a quarterback worth a damn next year, and defenses will key in on the one guy who can beat them – Johnson. They shut him down last year by putting nine in the box, and Titans quarterbacks still struggled to move the ball. It’s only going to be worse this year. Right now, Rusty Smith is the only quarterback on the roster. Last year against a historically pathetic Houston Texans defense, the Titans scored ZERO points with Rusty at the helm.

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