Titans make Loggains gamble
Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak has taken a huge risk to salvage their season by installing 32-year-old quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains as the team's new offensive co-ordinator.
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The Titans fired Chris Palmer after some offensive lapses during their 4-7 start to the season and with their play-off hopes hanging by a thread.
It may look like a risky and desperate move to promote a young quarterbacks coach, who will call the plays for the first time in the NFL this Sunday in a real baptism of fire against the 10-1 Houston Texans.
Munchak, though, says the team needed a change in offence and believes Loggains can handle the huge step up in responsibility.
"As an offense I didn't feel like we were progressing the way that I had hoped,'' Munchak said. "I believe we needed a change in direction and I hope to see that progress in our remaining games. Dowell has worked here for a number of years under some very successful coordinators and he is ready for this challenge.''
The visit of Houston to Nashville could provide Tennessee's last chance at sneaking into play-off contention, and it could also be Munchak's last chance to save his own job as head coach.
Titans owner Bud Adams has already warned all of his staff that their 4-7 record is not good enough, and with Munchak's contract expiring next year it could spell the end of his 30-year association with the team as a player and coach.
Tennessee rank 24th in the NFL in offence but quarterback Jake Locker, who has had injury problems this campaign, thinks Loggains can help turn things around.
"Any time somebody gets fired you hate to see it, but I've had an opportunity to work with Dowell these last few years as well and I really respect him," Locker said. "I really like him as a coach, and I am really excited to see what he brings to the table for us as an offensive co-ordinator.
"I think he's had the opportunity to work under some really, really good football coaches, and I think he really studies the game and is a real student of the game.
"It means a lot to him, I know that, and I know he is going to do everything within his power to be successful and win games. He is young, and he is eager, and hopefully that will wear off on our guys."