Assistant head coach/quarterbacks Mike Heimerdinger has been granted permission to interview with the Titans.
According to reports, the Titans requested permission Tuesday to interview Heimerdinger about their offensive coordinator position, a vacancy created when they dismissed Norm Chow, who guided Tennessee’s offense the past two seasons.
Heimerdinger guided the Tennessee offense from 2000-04 as offensive coordinator before leaving for a one-year stint with the New York Jets. He previously served as receivers coach for the Broncos from 1995-99 and returned as assistant head coach in February 2006 following the departure of Gary Kubiak for the head-coaching position with the Houston Texans.
“The Tennessee Titans have requested consent to talk to Mike Heimerdinger about their offensive coordinator position, and we have granted them permission,” Head Coach Mike Shanahan said in a statement.
“The opportunity in Tennessee would give Mike the chance to go back to an organization and work with a head coach with whom he is very familiar, handling the entire offense and having full control over game-planning and play-calling responsibilities.”
If Heimerdinger does leave, the Broncos’ staff would have lost both of its assistant head coaches from 2007, with assistant head coach/defense Jim Bates having departed last week after declining the chance to stay on as linebackers coach with Bob Slowik assuming defensive playcalling and supervisory responsibilities.
Denver’s offense finished the 2007 season 11th in total yardage, a 10-spot improvement from its No. 21 ranking in 2006. Denver gained 36.9 more yards per game in ’07 than in ’06. The passing offense improved from 25th to 13th, averaging 49.1 more yards per game, while the rushing offense dropped from eighth to ninth in the league.