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New Titans OC Nick Holz Ready to Work Alongside HC Brian Callahan


NASHVILLE – On the same day he was hired as head coach of the Tennessee Titans, Brian Callahan last month made his plans of calling the team's offensive plays known.

On Wednesday, Callahan introduced Nick Holz, the man he hired as his offensive coordinator.

So, what will the dynamics between the two look like?

Callahan said the working relationship will develop further in time, but he knows it can work since he operated in a similar structure at his previous job, as offensive coordinator with the Bengals.

"It's a little different than maybe you're used to around here," Callahan said, "having an offensive head coach that's calling the plays with an offensive coordinator by title, that doesn't call the plays. But it's a set-up I'm trying to emulate from how we were set up in Cincinnati with myself and (head coach) Zac Taylor. And it's a system that I know is important, and I know that it works.

"(Most) of Nick's job is to make sure the offensive staff and the offensive players and the offensive scheme keeps running all the moments I am not available to be there, particularly during the course of the week. There's a preparation part of it that is critically important to me."

Holz brings 11 years of NFL coaching experience to the Titans, and a total of 16 years coaching.

He joins the Titans after one season with Jacksonville as their Passing Game Coordinator.

"You need to be yourself first," Holz said of how he'll handle the set-up, and approach his job. "I am not going to try and be Brian. We are different people in that regard. … As each day goes, just seeing a few more things I can take off his plate …. It is really kind of an open dialogue the whole time in how we're trying to figure stuff out, and structure it this way."

Holz has deep ties with the Callahan, and his family. Holz and Brian Callahan were teammates at De La Salle High School (Calif.), and Holz got his start in coaching on Bill Callahan's staff at the University of Nebraska in 2007. Bill Callahan was officially named offensive line coach with the Titans.

Prior to joining the Jaguars, Holz spent 10 years (2012-21) with the Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders and served in a variety of roles on offense, mostly focused on wide receivers.

As an offensive unit, Holz said he wants to see players playing with effort and toughness, and "we really want to see guys playing with great speed, detail and execution."

Callahan and Holz believe they're like-minded in their offensive philosophy, and approach.

He plans to do his part to help the Titans be successful as a unit.

"Everybody has their own management style," Holz said. "I don't think you'll see me as a yeller and a screamer or anything like that. But I think if you build relationships with people, you kind of empower them to do their jobs.

"I feel like the people I have worked for, they empowered me … As a leadership style, the same thing with the players, 'We're going to give you this, and you keep going and we'll build the connection in that regard."

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