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Chris Palmer
Offensive Coordinator

Biography

Chris Palmer enters his second season as the Titans offensive coordinator and his second stint with the team. He is a 40-year coaching veteran.

Palmer has 21 years of NFL experience, including two seasons as the head coach for the Cleveland Browns and seven seasons as an offensive coordinator with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans. Prior to re-joining the Titans, he was the head coach and general manager of the Hartford Colonials in the United Football League.

Last year, the Titans posted the fourth highest passing yardage total (3,923 net yards) in franchise history, only behind a three-year stretch during the Run ‘n Shoot days (1990-92). Interestingly, Palmer also was on the coaching staff during that three year period as the wide receivers coach. In his first season with Palmer and the Titans, Matt Hasselbeck recorded the third-highest passing total (3,571) of his career and five pass catchers (Washington, Cook, Williams, Hawkins, Mariani) set career highs.

From 2007-09, Palmer was the quarterback coach for the New York Giants. He worked with Eli Manning during his tenure in New York and saw him post significant increases in his passer rating each year, including a career-high 93.1 rating in 2009. The 2008 edition of the Giants captured Super Bowl XLII and Manning earned MVP honors for the game. Before joining the Giants, Palmer spent one season as the quarterbacks coach with Bill Parcells at the Dallas Cowboys. In his one season there, Tony Romo led the Cowboys to the playoffs in his first season as the starter.

From 2001-05, Palmer was the first offensive coordinator in Texans history. In each of the first three seasons, David Carr improved his passer rating, including a career-high rating (83.5) in 2004, and the Texans improved their win total each season. He joined the Texans after spending two seasons as the head coach for the Browns from 1999-2000 as they re-entered the NFL as an expansion team and totaled a 5-27 record.

His first offensive coordinator job came with the Jaguars from 1997-98. During his time there, Mark Brunell posted the highest passer rating (91.2) of his career in 1997, which also led the AFC, and played in his first Pro Bowl game. In both years at Jacksonville, his offenses ranked in the top 10 in total yards and the 1998 team won the AFC Central Divison crown. From 1993-96, Palmer worked with Parcells at the New England Patriots as a wide receivers coach (1993-95) and quarterbacks coach (1996). In his one season working with Drew Bledsoe, he improved his passer rating by 20 points from the previous season. His first job in the NFL was with the Houston Oilers as the wide receivers coach from 1990-92. His group of wide outs included four players – Curtis Duncan, Ernest Givens, Drew Hill and Haywood Jeffires - who earned Pro Bowl selections under his direction in the Oilers Run ‘N Shoot offense.

Palmer has worked in a total of four professional leagues (NFL, UFL, USFL, CFL) and has 15 years of experience in the college ranks. He was the head coach for Boston University (1988-89) and New Haven (1986-87). Palmer spent two years (1984-85) as an offensive coach for the New Jersey Generals of the USFL and one season (1983) with the Montreal Concordes of the Canadian Football League. He started his coaching career at Connecticut (1972-74) and continued with stops at Lehigh (1975) and Colgate (1976-82).

A native of Brewster, N.Y., Palmer played quarterback at Southern Connecticut State. He and his wife, Donna, have two children, Mark and Kristin; a granddaughter, Annette Grace; and a grandson, Casey Christopher.

Chris Palmer Coaching Ledger:

2011-12: Offensive Coordinator, Tennessee Titans
2010: Head Coach and General Manager, Hartford Colonials
2007-09: Quarterbacks, New York Giants
2006:
Quarterbacks, Dallas Cowboys
2001-05: Offensive Coordinator, Houston Texans
1999-00:
Head Coach, Cleveland Browns
1997-98:
Offensive Coordinator, Jacksonville Jaguars
1996: Quarterbacks, New England Patriots
1993-95:
Wide Receivers, New England Patriots
1990-92: Wide Receivers, Houston Oilers
1988-89: Head Coach, Boston University
1986-87:
Head Coach, University of New Haven
1985:
Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks, New Jersey Generals
1984: Wide Receivers, New Jersey Generals
1983: Offensive Line, Montreal Concordes
1976-82: Offensive Coordinator, Colgate
1975: Wide Receivers, Lehigh
1972-74:
Defensive Line/Wide Receivers, Connecticut

Chris Palmer enters his second season as the Titans offensive coordinator and his second stint with the team. He is a 40-year coaching veteran.

Palmer has 21 years of NFL experience, including two seasons as the head coach for the Cleveland Browns and seven seasons as an offensive coordinator with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans. Prior to re-joining the Titans, he was the head coach and general manager of the Hartford Colonials in the United Football League.

Last year, the Titans posted the fourth highest passing yardage total (3,923 net yards) in franchise history, only behind a three-year stretch during the Run ‘n Shoot days (1990-92). Interestingly, Palmer also was on the coaching staff during that three year period as the wide receivers coach. In his first season with Palmer and the Titans, Matt Hasselbeck recorded the third-highest passing total (3,571) of his career and five pass catchers (Washington, Cook, Williams, Hawkins, Mariani) set career highs.

From 2007-09, Palmer was the quarterback coach for the New York Giants. He worked with Eli Manning during his tenure in New York and saw him post significant increases in his passer rating each year, including a career-high 93.1 rating in 2009. The 2008 edition of the Giants captured Super Bowl XLII and Manning earned MVP honors for the game. Before joining the Giants, Palmer spent one season as the quarterbacks coach with Bill Parcells at the Dallas Cowboys. In his one season there, Tony Romo led the Cowboys to the playoffs in his first season as the starter.

From 2001-05, Palmer was the first offensive coordinator in Texans history. In each of the first three seasons, David Carr improved his passer rating, including a career-high rating (83.5) in 2004, and the Texans improved their win total each season. He joined the Texans after spending two seasons as the head coach for the Browns from 1999-2000 as they re-entered the NFL as an expansion team and totaled a 5-27 record.

His first offensive coordinator job came with the Jaguars from 1997-98. During his time there, Mark Brunell posted the highest passer rating (91.2) of his career in 1997, which also led the AFC, and played in his first Pro Bowl game. In both years at Jacksonville, his offenses ranked in the top 10 in total yards and the 1998 team won the AFC Central Divison crown. From 1993-96, Palmer worked with Parcells at the New England Patriots as a wide receivers coach (1993-95) and quarterbacks coach (1996). In his one season working with Drew Bledsoe, he improved his passer rating by 20 points from the previous season. His first job in the NFL was with the Houston Oilers as the wide receivers coach from 1990-92. His group of wide outs included four players – Curtis Duncan, Ernest Givens, Drew Hill and Haywood Jeffires - who earned Pro Bowl selections under his direction in the Oilers Run ‘N Shoot offense.

Palmer has worked in a total of four professional leagues (NFL, UFL, USFL, CFL) and has 15 years of experience in the college ranks. He was the head coach for Boston University (1988-89) and New Haven (1986-87). Palmer spent two years (1984-85) as an offensive coach for the New Jersey Generals of the USFL and one season (1983) with the Montreal Concordes of the Canadian Football League. He started his coaching career at Connecticut (1972-74) and continued with stops at Lehigh (1975) and Colgate (1976-82).

A native of Brewster, N.Y., Palmer played quarterback at Southern Connecticut State. He and his wife, Donna, have two children, Mark and Kristin; a granddaughter, Annette Grace; and a grandson, Casey Christopher.

Chris Palmer Coaching Ledger:

2011-12: Offensive Coordinator, Tennessee Titans
2010: Head Coach and General Manager, Hartford Colonials
2007-09: Quarterbacks, New York Giants
2006:
Quarterbacks, Dallas Cowboys
2001-05: Offensive Coordinator, Houston Texans
1999-00:
Head Coach, Cleveland Browns
1997-98:
Offensive Coordinator, Jacksonville Jaguars
1996: Quarterbacks, New England Patriots
1993-95:
Wide Receivers, New England Patriots
1990-92: Wide Receivers, Houston Oilers
1988-89: Head Coach, Boston University
1986-87:
Head Coach, University of New Haven
1985:
Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks, New Jersey Generals
1984: Wide Receivers, New Jersey Generals
1983: Offensive Line, Montreal Concordes
1976-82: Offensive Coordinator, Colgate
1975: Wide Receivers, Lehigh
1972-74:
Defensive Line/Wide Receivers, Connecticut

 

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