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Jason Michael
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Jason Michael is in his 12th season in the NFL, his fourth with the Titans and second as the team’s quarterbacks coach. In his first two seasons (2014-15) Michael was the Titans offensive coordinator. He joined the Titans coaching staff following three seasons (2011-2013) as the tight ends coach for the San Diego Chargers.

Last year, he guided Marcus Mariota to several franchise marks in his second NFL campaign. Mariota posted a franchise-best eight consecutive games with multiple touchdown passes. His 16 multi-touchdown games in his first two seasons is the third-highest total by an NFL player in their first two seasons, trailing only Dan Marino (22) and Derek Carr (17). He also recorded the third-highest passer rating in club history and his 26 passing touchdowns were fourth best. Over the last two seasons, Mariota ranks first in red zone passer rating (114.6) and has tallied 33 red zone touchdowns and no interceptions. Mariota also garnered AFC Offensive Player of the Month honors for November, posting a 115.0 passer rating for the month.

In two seasons as the offensive coordinator for the Titans, Michael saw the blossoming of tight end Delanie Walker into one of the NFL’s best tight ends, as he set franchise marks in both 2014 and 2015, and led all NFL tight ends in receptions (94) in 2015. He also has oversaw the growth of other young talent (in 2015, the Titans set a franchise record as 12 different players recorded at least one receiving touchdown) as the Titans fielded one of the youngest offensive units in each of his two years as coordinator.  In 2015, rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota shattered many franchise rookie records and set several NFL rookie marks. He started his NFL career with a perfect passer rating (158.3) against Tampa Bay, becoming the first rookie to do so in his first-ever start. Mariota ranked third among all NFL quarterbacks in red-zone passer rating (116.1) and he posted the two highest single-game passing totals by a rookie in franchise history (371 at New Orleans and 367 vs. Indianapolis). Mariota’s season passer rating of 91.5 was then the third-highest (now fourth-highest) in franchise history, behind only Steve McNair’s NFL Co-MVP year in 2003 (100.4) and Warren Moon in 1990 (96.8), when he was named NFL Offensive Player of the Year.
Jason Michael is in his 12th season in the NFL, his fourth with the Titans and second as the team’s quarterbacks coach. In his first two seasons (2014-15) Michael was the Titans offensive coordinator. He joined the Titans coaching staff following three seasons (2011-2013) as the tight ends coach for the San Diego Chargers.

Last year, he guided Marcus Mariota to several franchise marks in his second NFL campaign. Mariota posted a franchise-best eight consecutive games with multiple touchdown passes. His 16 multi-touchdown games in his first two seasons is the third-highest total by an NFL player in their first two seasons, trailing only Dan Marino (22) and Derek Carr (17). He also recorded the third-highest passer rating in club history and his 26 passing touchdowns were fourth best. Over the last two seasons, Mariota ranks first in red zone passer rating (114.6) and has tallied 33 red zone touchdowns and no interceptions. Mariota also garnered AFC Offensive Player of the Month honors for November, posting a 115.0 passer rating for the month.

In two seasons as the offensive coordinator for the Titans, Michael saw the blossoming of tight end Delanie Walker into one of the NFL’s best tight ends, as he set franchise marks in both 2014 and 2015, and led all NFL tight ends in receptions (94) in 2015. He also has oversaw the growth of other young talent (in 2015, the Titans set a franchise record as 12 different players recorded at least one receiving touchdown) as the Titans fielded one of the youngest offensive units in each of his two years as coordinator.  In 2015, rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota shattered many franchise rookie records and set several NFL rookie marks. He started his NFL career with a perfect passer rating (158.3) against Tampa Bay, becoming the first rookie to do so in his first-ever start. Mariota ranked third among all NFL quarterbacks in red-zone passer rating (116.1) and he posted the two highest single-game passing totals by a rookie in franchise history (371 at New Orleans and 367 vs. Indianapolis). Mariota’s season passer rating of 91.5 was then the third-highest (now fourth-highest) in franchise history, behind only Steve McNair’s NFL Co-MVP year in 2003 (100.4) and Warren Moon in 1990 (96.8), when he was named NFL Offensive Player of the Year.

In 2014, Michael saw injuries at a number of key positions and franchise-best numbers from two players. Walker set a franchise mark for receiving yards by a tight end with 890 and the best reception total of his career. Rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger earned a number of highs during the season, including then rookie franchise mark for passing yards in a game (345 at Philadelphia), the highest franchise passer rating for a rookie season (83.4), highest passing yardage total by any rookie on Monday Night Football (263) and the second-highest passer rating among the 2014 rookie class of quarterbacks. Michael and the Titans offense saw a total of four different quarterbacks and seven different offensive tackles take snaps during the season, due to injuries.

Michael spent three seasons (2011-13) as the tight ends coach for the Chargers. Through his work with tight end Antonio Gates, who led the Chargers in receptions (77) in 2013, and with tight end Ladarius Green, who posted 22.1-yards per catch, Michael helped the Chargers offense rank fifth in the league in 2013. In his three years working with the tight ends in San Diego, he guided Gates to the fourth most receptions (190) among NFL tight ends over that three-year timespan, while totaling 2,188 yards and 18 touchdowns. In 2011, his first year with the Chargers, he contributed to an offensive system that would rank sixth in the league, and Gates led the team with 64 catches.

Prior to joining the Chargers, he spent two seasons (2009-10) with the San Francisco 49ers as an offensive assistant and then quarterbacks coach. In 2010, his trio of quarterbacks passed for more than 3,600 yards and 19 touchdowns combined.

Michael began his coaching career at the University of Tennessee in 2003, where he worked as a graduate assistant with the secondary and special teams for two seasons. His NFL debut came with the Oakland Raiders in 2005 as a quality control coach. He spent the following season as the offensive quality control coach for the New York Jets in 2006 and assisted coaching the quarterbacks in Chad Pennington’s Comeback Player of the Year season. He was promoted to tight ends coach in 2007 with the Jets before returning to the University of Tennessee as the tight ends coach in Phillip Fulmer’s final season in 2008.

As a college player, Michael was a two-time captain, who as a senior quarterbacked Western Kentucky to the 2002 NCAA I-AA championship; and was named the school’s Male Athlete of the Year. Graduating with a degree in civil engineering technology, Michael was named a I-AA Athletic Directors Academic All-Star and a second-team Verizon Academic All-District IV honoree.

A native of Louisa, Ky., Michael and his wife, Jamie, originally from Knoxville, have one son, Wyatt, and a daughter, Charlie.

Jason Michael’s Coaching Timeline:
2016-17:  Quarterbacks, Tennessee Titans
2014-2015:  Offensive Coordinator, Tennessee Titans
2011-2013:  Tight Ends, San Diego Chargers
2010:  Quarterbacks, San Francisco 49ers
2009-2010:  Offensive Assistant, San Francisco 49ers
2008:  Tight Ends, University of Tennessee
2007:  Tight Ends, New York Jets
2006:  Quality Control, Quarterbacks, New York Jets
2005:  Quality Control, Oakland Raiders
2003-2004:  Graduate Assistant, University of Tennessee

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