Titans hire Heimerdinger as offensive coordinator

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Mike Heimerdinger returns as offensive coordinator.

NASHVILLE, TN, Jan. 17, 2008 —** The Tennessee Titans hired Mike Heimerdinger as offensive coordinator for his second stint with the team after spending the last two seasons in Denver.

"Mike was at the top of my list and we are fortunate he was available to come back," said Titans Head Coach Jeff Fisher. "We know each other very well and he is without a doubt the right person to help the offense take the next step."

The last two seasons in Denver, Heimerdinger held the title of Assistant Head Coach and worked with the offense. He helped QB Jay Cutler move into the starting role as a rookie and a full-time starter entering this season. Cutler ranked fifth in the AFC in passer rating in 2007, with an 88.1 rating, while throwing for 3,497 yards and 20 touchdowns. He joined the Broncos after one season as the offensive coordinator with the New York Jets in 2005.

Heimerdinger originally joined the Titans as offensive coordinator in 2000, guiding the Tennessee offense to new heights during his five-year tenure and supervising the maturation of QB Steve McNair. The highlight was the 2003 season, when the offense scored the second highest point total in franchise history (435) and McNair earned NFL co-MVP honors.

The 2003 offense also posted a franchise record six consecutive games scoring 30 or more points. His offense produced 1,000-yard rushers in four of his five years and five 1,000-yard receivers. It also produced the only two 3,000/1,000/1,000 yard seasons in franchise history (2002 & 2003), when Steve McNair threw for 3,000 yards, Eddie George gained 1,000 yards rushing and Derrick Mason topped 1,000 yards receiving.

Heimerdinger brings 33 years of coaching experience, including 13 years of NFL experience. The teams he has been associated with have registered six playoff appearances, including three years with the Titans, and have won two Super Bowl Championships (Denver, SB XXXII and XXXIII).

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