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Michael named Titans offensive coordinator

Jan. 28, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Jason Michael has transitioned from calling plays against the Raceland Rams to the St. Louis Rams.

The former Lawrence County High School quarterback last week was named offensive coordinator of the NFL's Tennessee Titans. Ken Whisenhunt brought Michael, 35, to Tennessee from the San Diego Chargers where Michael had been tight ends coach the last three seasons.

"This is the job I dreamed about," Michael said. "This is a great situation. The opportunity to work with Whiz and follow him there to Tennessee is exciting both professionally and personally. In the one year working with Whiz, I learned a great deal and we worked really well together. His ability to create an offense that is built around the strengths of the players led to success for us in San Diego and it will be fun to come there and create an offense that is built around a new group of players."

Michael quarterbacks Lawrence County to a 31-6 record in three seasons as a starter, including to the 1997 state semifinals. He signed to play at Army, then transferred to Western Kentucky, where he led the Hilltoppers to the 2002 NCAA Division I-AA national championship.

Michael has coached for eight years in the NFL, including stints with the Oakland Raiders, New York Jets and San Francisco 49ers. Michael also served as an assistant coach in college at Tennessee.

"Jason really impresses me with his knowledge of the run and pass game and he was a big part of putting together our plans last year in San Diego," Whisenhunt said in a release. "He is very familiar with the offensive system that we want to implement here, which includes bits and pieces from a number of offensive systems. He is intelligent and a good communicator. He was responsible for presenting a couple of game-plan packages to our offense each week and he was impressive."

Michael said if he could have chosen anywhere to coach, he would have picked Tennessee.

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