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CONFIRMED: Norm Chow to Tennessee Titans??

Discussion in 'Buckeye Football' started by StoRMinBrutus, Jan 30, 2005.

  1. IronBuckI

    IronBuckI Calmer than you are.

    I honestly don't see a problem with Chow going in and running the same system that the Titans have used in the past. I didn't really see a revolutionary type of offense out of USC. What I saw was excellent situational playcalling, and excellent execution of those plays. The plays themselves were really nothing new. That is what people want the most in the NFL. Calling the right plays at the right time, and being able to execute those plays on a consistent basis. I think that after several failed experiments, NFL guys have grown tired of gimmick offenses. That's why I think that Chow would be a very nice get for any NFL team.
  2. Folanator

    Folanator Brawndo's got electrolytes...

    FWIW a Seattle radio station reporting that it is a done deal. Sites insides sources. Information off insiders USC website. Nothing as to the timing of any announcement.
  3. LightningRod

    LightningRod Senior

    USC loses Orgeron, Chow, the QB coach. That is going to hurt, just as OSU had to regroup after Dantonio and a few others left. The USC D should be OK with the D being Carroll's specialty, but no sane person is going to convince me that the loss of Chow is no big deal.
  4. BuckBackHome

    BuckBackHome Wolverine is largest member of weasel family

    If that did happen today the timing is terrible. I'll reserve the right to comment more when we find out if it is true. I figured it would happen sooner than later, but again, if it is today it shows poor character on his part unless the recruits knew he was leaving.
  5. Folanator

    Folanator Brawndo's got electrolytes...

    There was a bunch of chatter on the UC boards last week that the move of Chow to Asst Head Coach was to make the new OC that much closer to the job when Chow left for Ten. In other words this has been known and in the planning for a couple of weeks. If this is true, and PC and NC hid it from the recruits, it would be slimeball shit.

    This is all speculation and rumor. I have seen nothing in print yet. If I was PC or NC I would wait a few weeks so it did not look so bad.

    Last edited: Feb 2, 2005
  6. CleveBucks

    CleveBucks Serenity now Staff Member

    That's a bush league maneuver, if true. Pete should get raked over the coals by the national media. Some reason I doubt it'd happen.
  7. BuckeyeBK

    BuckeyeBK O-H!

    Right after LOI Day....

    Titans ready to interview USC’s Chow
    By Terry McCormick,
    February 03, 2005

    Norm Chow, offensive coordinator at two-time defending national champion Southern California, appears to be the first serious outside candidate who will get a look in filling the same role with the Tennessee Titans.

    The Los Angeles Times reported in its Thursday editions that Tennessee would begin serious pursuit of Chow soon.

    “You have to be,” Chow told the Times when asked of his potential interest in the Titans.

    The Titans and coach Jeff Fisher treaded carefully where Chow was concerned up until National Signing Day Wednesday, so as not to harm any potential recruiting at USC, which is also Fisher’s alma mater.

    Fisher is expected to talk with Chow soon, perhaps meeting with him as early as Friday or the weekend, about the possibility of Chow replacing the departed Mike Heimerdinger as the Titans’ offensive coordinator.

    Chow, 58, has no coaching experience at the professional level, but is regarded as one of the most creative offensive minds at the collegiate level in his 30-plus years of coaching.

    Chow also has a reputation as a quarterbacks guru, having helped develop during his career the likes of Jim McMahon, Steve Young, Phillip Rivers, Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart.

    There are no guarantees, however, that Chow is a shoo-in for the Titans position or that he can be enticed to leave the Trojans.

    Chow is one of college football’s highest paid assistant coaches with a salary in the $500,000 range. However, that does not include the free education his two children are receiving at USC.

    The Titans reportedly had an offer in the $800,000 territory on the table to Heimerdinger, a deal he scuttled in favor of a $1 million per year contract for three seasons with the New York Jets two weeks ago.

    While luring Chow to Nashville from Los Angeles won’t be the easiest selling job, as Chow has purchased a house and put down some roots in the area, there has been speculation that Trojans head coach Pete Carroll might not stand in the way of Chow moving on, if he is interested in the Titans position.

    Southern California has already lost offensive line coach Ed Orgeron to Ole Miss this offseason, and quarterbacks coach Carl Smith left to be offensive coordinator of the Jacksonville Jaguars last week.

    Carroll could offer Chow the assistant head coach title that Orgeron had to entice him to stay.

    Chow had an interest in the Stanford head coaching job this offseason that went to Walt Harris, and had Carroll’s blessing to pursue that move.

    Last week, Chow was quoted in a Raleigh, N.C., newspaper that he could be considering a move to the NFL.

    In-house candidates Craig Johnson and George Henshaw are still in the running for the Titans offensive coordinator’s job as well.

    Los Angeles Daily News

    Chow-Carroll relations sour

    By Scott Wolf
    Staff Writer

    Thursday, February 03, 2005 - Norm Chow, the offensive coordinator for the national champion USC football team, is contemplating leaving the school due to his strained relationship with head coach Pete Carroll.

    Sources within the football program said Wednesday that they would not be surprised if Chow left, possibly for a job with the NFL's Tennessee Titans.

    Although there's been no public rift between the two, Chow's current job duties are at risk and several sources believe Carroll would like to replace him with another assistant.

    Chow -- who makes approximately $500,000 at USC -- is expected to meet with the Titans on Friday and though he prefers college football, would take the NFL job if offered, sources said.

    Carroll denied any problems exist and said this week that he's completely satisfied with Chow and hopes Chow spurns the NFL to remain at USC.

    "He's the offensive coordinator," Carroll said. "He's a fantastic coach. I have nothing for you. There's nothing going on in that regard."

    But Carroll also said he's considering making Chow the Trojans' assistant head coach, a move that might not exactly be considered a promotion. According to Chow supporters, the switch would be a way of wresting control of the offense away from Chow and placing more power with Carroll.

    Under that plan, Carroll could rehire Oakland Raiders assistant Steve Sarkisian as either offensive coordinator or quarterbacks coach and grant a larger role to wide receivers coach Lane Kiffin.

    Who would call plays is undetermined, even though Chow has called the plays the past four seasons at USC.

    "I think they wouldn't mind if (Chow) left," said an associate of Carroll and Chow. "I think it's about ego and maybe they are tired of Norm. They don't need him anymore."

    Carroll, Kiffin and Sarkisian met last week in Mobile, Ala., at the Senior Bowl. Carroll has also discussed this plan with several other people in the past two weeks, according to sources.

    Chow declined comment for this story but he's told friends recently that he's been "hurt" and "upset" by the way he's being treated and thinks he might be forced out.

    Carroll said Chow is happy at USC and that it's nonsense to think he would force Chow out.

    "I think he loves it here. He's turned down opportunity after opportunity," Carroll said.

    There's also an open rift between Chow and Kiffin, which became public during an Orange Bowl practice when the two quarreled in front of the team. Sources said relations between Chow and Sarkisian also soured because of recent developments, even though Chow coached Sarkisian at Brigham Young and hired him at USC in 2001.

    Carroll's backers say Chow's merely overreacting to the current changes being considered for the coaching staff and uncertainty regarding his role. Carroll said he hasn't made any final decisions yet.

    "I'm not ready yet; by early next week, I hope to have something done," Carroll said. "We have to play it out."

    Exactly what could cause Carroll and Chow's falling out is unknown, although sources said there's been a growing resentment within the program over the way Chow is credited with revitalizing USC's offense. Carroll's frequently pointed out that he revamped USC's offense after the 2001 season, assumed a hands-on role in making key decisions and even ditched some of the terminology Chow used at Brigham Young.

    "This isn't the BYU offense," Carroll said in December.

    But whenever the media mentions USC's two Heisman Trophy winners the past three seasons, or the Trojans' explosive offense, Chow receives most of the credit. Carroll has stressed in bits and pieces during the past three years that the offense would not fall apart if Chow left.

    An associate of Carroll and Chow said problems had festered for some time.

    "It's been brewing," he said. "You never know for sure what's happening behind closed doors."

    Chow's never been interested in coaching in the NFL, and rebuffed interest from the Arizona Cardinals last season. If he took the Titans job, it's believed it would be an escape route from USC.

    There still remains the chance that Carroll will not change the staff at all and leave Chow in his current position. But many people who work in Heritage Hall wonder whether the relationship could be repaired following the current drama and notice a difference in the way the pair interacts.

    "Norm knows it's a bad deal," said a current college coach who is friendly with Chow and Carroll.

    Scott Wolf, (818) 713-3607
  8. Folanator

    Folanator Brawndo's got electrolytes...

    "I think it's about ego and maybe they are tired of Norm. They don't need him anymore."

    This rift should good for at least one loss.
  9. BuckeyeBK

    BuckeyeBK O-H!

    ESPN is on it now.. news services

    USC offensive coordinator Norm Chow, who was mentioned, but rarely interviewed, for several college head coaching positions, is now being sought by an NFL franchise.

    The Tennessee Titans are currently engaged in talks with Chow, who thinks an NFL position would help him get a college coaching job,'s Ivan Maisel reports.
  10. sandgk

    sandgk Watson, Crick & A Twist

    Man -- whew!!

    When I saw the curtailed thread title on the front page it ommitted the word "Titans." I suddenly had visions of a Vols program enjoying the benefits of one of true master minds in football (college or pro). Luckily I can continue to count on FF Phil Fulmer and crew to screw up game calling in a big way at least once or twice each game.

    Thankfully no problemo -- and I think Chow goes to the Titans is good on 2 scores ..

    1 -- Good for Chow - he's waited long enough for this kind of chance.
    2 -- Good for 'SC's opponents. No way they will replace the skill and knowledge he has always brought to schooling QB's and designing schemes for the offense.
  11. Ratboy18

    Ratboy18 Freshman

    Which is why he won't get an offer -- nobody wants to hire someone for a coordinator position when they know the coach is going to use it as a springboard to a HC position.

    As opposed to those coordinators that do their job well and just happen to interview for the HC jobs ...

    (look at the criteria used for selecting Jacksonville's OC for reference)
  12. tsteele316

    tsteele316 Mr. Such and Such

    Assistants moving on to head coaching jobs is commonplace in the NFL. The Titans wont turn down Chow just because it's possible he'll leave for a HC job in 3 years.
  13. BuckeyeBK

    BuckeyeBK O-H!

    Today's Tennessean:

    Titans offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger had accepted a job with the New York Jets despite his urges to get on a plane and go back to Nashville.

    Within hours Titans Coach Jeff Fisher talked privately about contacting Norm Chow, the successful offensive coordinator at Southern Cal, to replace Heimerdinger.

    Fisher would have to wait about two weeks, but the wait is over. Chow is scheduled to meet with Fisher today at Baptist Sports Park.

    'I think he is very interested,'' Fisher said last night. ''He has not been exposed from an interview standpoint to the National Football League, and I think he is very much interested in exploring the opportunity here.

    ''This is the first step. I am hoping that it continues in the right direction. The entire process is ongoing and now this is an opportunity to talk to one of the more successful coordinators at the college level.''

    Fisher, a former USC player, and USC Coach Pete Carroll spoke several times about Chow, and Fisher agreed to wait until after college football's National Signing Day this past Wednesday before setting up an official interview.
  14. gobucks19

    gobucks19 JT's #1 recruit

    how convenient..... :roll2: :roll2:
    If JT did this he would be lambasted on ESPin for "misleading" recruits....
  15. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    Report: Chow will take Titans job

    By Scott Wolf
    Staff WriterThe Tennessee Titans are expected to offer their offensive coordinator's job today to USC assistant coach Norm Chow, according to sources close to the situation. Chow flew to Nashville, Tenn., on Thursday and formally interviews for the position today. He will receive an offer of approximately $1million per season, sources said. The Titans' offer means Chow must decide if he will leave USC following four successful years as offensive coordinator.

    It is a difficult decision for Chow because his family relocated to Southern California last year and his two sons attend USC. But Chow's been unhappy recently over a potential change in his job title and uncertainty over his responsibilities.<!-- cdaFreeFormDetailByName.strSQL = FreeForm_GetTextBySectionIDPaperID @Name = 'ArticleAd', @PaperID = '203', @SectionID = '29584', @ArticleID = '2691487', @Filter = 'Section', @LiveFilter = '1', @DateTimeContext = '2/4/2005 11:07:43 AM' --> <!-- ArticleAd not found -->

    USC coach Pete Carroll said Chow is the "likely candidate' to become the Trojans' assistant head coach and there is a possibility Chow would not retain the title of offensive coordinator. Carroll said he is happy with Chow and wants him to return next season, but sources close to Chow believe he is leaning toward going to Tennessee because increasing tension between he and Carroll.

    If Chow leaves, a likely candidate to replace him is Oakland Raiders quarterbacks coach Steve Sarkisian, who coached at USC from 2001-2003.

    Chow could not be reached for comment Thursday. Carroll said he expects things to become clearer in the next few days, as he tries to finalize his own staff changes. Officially, he needs to hire a quarterbacks coach, but Carroll also wants to promote graduate assistant Ken Norton to full-time status.

    Carroll does not want to lose Norton and believes he could eventually serve as defensive coordinator.

    If Chow wanted to stay in college football and spurn the NFL, one possible option is Washington, which needs an offensive coordinator. But Huskies coach Tyrone Willingham said this week Chow is not a candidate and is expected to hire former San Francisco 49ers assistant Tim Lappano.

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