Titans hire Michael as offensive coordinator

Updated: January 17, 2014, 8:05 PM ET

Paul Kuharsky | ESPN.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Ken Whisenhunt’s first coaching hire from outside the Tennessee Titans organization is offensive coordinator Jason Michael, the team announced.

Michael comes to the Titans from a role as tight ends coach in San Diego, where he worked under Whisenhunt, who was offensive coordinator there in 2013.

“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 through the team. ” … 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.”

The 35-year-old Michael has also worked with the San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders and New York Jets, as well as at the University of Tennessee.

“This is a great situation,” Michael said. “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.”

Whisenhunt said at his introductory news conference that he will call plays for the offense.

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