The Tennessee Titans made a coaching change this week that will have a considerable ripple effect for their fantasy-worthy players.
Head coach Mike Munchak decided to relieve veteran offensive coordinator Chris Palmer of his duties, replacing him with seven-year Titans assistant and quarterbacks coach of the past three seasons Dowell Loggains. The 32-year-old has no experience as an OC in the NFL, but his history should be helpful in determining just what kind of play-caller he will be.
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Loggains is expected to model his system after the late Mike Heimerdinger's pro-style system. Coach 'Dinger was known for a ball-control offense that picked opportune times to take shots downfield after coaxing defenses to play tighter to the line of scrimmage because of Tennessee's stout rushing attack. Tennessee's interim OC has also learned under Norm Chow, Jeff Fisher and Bill Parcells, to name a few.
The impact of this change likely will be noticed the most in a few areas: increased offensive aggression, simplicity in the running game, and the willingness to unleash quarterback Jake Locker.
Loggains demands a lot from his players, and he seems to be well-respected. Heimerdinger's ground game flourished with Chris Johnson because it was a straightforward approach that forced CJ2K to a specific hole and find a cutback lane if nothing was there. The system under Palmer was designed to put the onus on Johnson to decide where to go pre-snap, and that simply wasn't an effective method for best utilizing his natural talents.
Look for more downfield passing. Wideout Kenny Britt could become a staple in the offense once again. Keep an eye on how Nate Washington is used, but Kendall Wright's deep skills should be relied on more often. I suspect we will see tight end Jared Cook used on more deep crossing routes. The short-passing game could suffer, though.
Locker's athletic ability will be utilized to its fullest. Loggains knows the young passer is at his best while throwing out of the pocket and reacting naturally to unscripted situations.
It will take some time before all of this comes into fruition, so be patient and understand this is probably going to be viewed as nothing more than a trial for a chance to remove the interim tag from Loggains' title in 2013.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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