Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Chow announced new Offensive Coordinator

- from the official site of the Tennessee Titans

NASHVILLE, TN, Feb. 9, 2005 -- The Tennessee Titans have named Norm Chow as their new offensive coordinator. The highly celebrated Chow joins the Titans after four seasons as offensive coordinator at the University of Southern California and 32 years on the collegiate level.

“This is an important addition to our team,” said Titans head coach Jeff Fisher. “He is one of the most respected offensive minds in the college game and has been for decades. In studying him and his offense, I am certain that his philosophy is consistent with ours and his experience will allow us the opportunity to improve.”

In 32 years of coaching at the collegiate level, Chow has tasted every aspect of success, including three national titles (BYU, 1984; USC, 2003, 2004), tutoring three Heisman Trophy winners (Ty Detmer, Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart), 27 bowl games, and three times being named assistant coach of the year. Amazingly, he has worked with eight of the NCAA’s top 30 career passing efficiency leaders.

Chow has been associated with some of the best quarterbacks and offensive minds in the college and pro ranks. Among the quarterbacks associated with his teams are Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Young, Jim McMahon, Marc Wilson, Gifford Nielsen, Ty Detmer, Robbie Bosco, Philip Rivers, Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart. He has coached with Mike Holmgren, Andy Reid, Brian Billick, Ted Tollner and Doug Scovil, all of whom have enjoyed a great deal of success at the NFL level.

Chow began his college coaching career at Brigham Young University as a graduate assistant in 1973. He would work on the Cougars’ offensive staff for 27 seasons, including 18 as offensive coordinator, and help them post a 244-91-3 mark during his tenure. In 2000, he left BYU to become offensive coordinator at North Carolina State.

While with the Wolfpack, he helped QB Philip Rivers earn Freshman All-America honors. His final college coaching stop was at the University of Southern California as offensive coordinator from 2001-2004. In four seasons with the Trojans, Chow coached two Heisman Trophy winners and aided a team that won back-to-back national titles.

A native of Hawaii, Chow earned all-conference honors as an offensive lineman at Utah and earned a brief stint with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL before a knee injury ended his career.

Chow replaces Mike Heimerdinger, who left to become offensive coordinator for the New York Jets in January.