Major heist - Jets grab Heimerdinger from Titans

The New York Jets announced today the appointment of Mike Heimerdinger as the club's offensive coordinator.<p>

Heimerdinger, 52, joins the Jets after having served the past five seasons (2000-2004) as the offensive coordinator of the AFC South's Tennessee Titans, where he annually directed one of the NFL's most potent offensive attacks.

From 1999 -2003, all of the Titans offensive weapons posted career-high numbers and produced an NFL MVP in QB Steve McNair. In 2003, the Titans scored the most points (435) since 1961 and the second highest total in franchise history. The Titans' offense also posted a franchise record with six consecutive games scoring 30 or more points last season and became only the third NFL team to accomplish such a streak since 1970 (St. Louis Rams, San Diego Chargers).

In both 2002 and 2003, the Titans produced the first two 3,000/1,000/1,000 yard seasons in the 45-year history of the franchise with McNair throwing for more than 3,000 yards, Eddie George rushing for over 1,000 yards and Derrick Mason recording 1,000 receiving yards.

In the five-year period that Heimerdinger directed the offense, they were the most productive in terms of yards (26,962), passing yards (17,638) and first downs (1,517) since the "run-n-shoot" years over a decade ago. Over the course of his tenure in Tennessee, the Titans averaged 337 yards per game in total offense, 220.5 yards a game passing and 19 first downs a game.

In addition, the Titans ranked in the top five in the NFL in time of possession in each of the last five seasons.

Heimerdinger joined the Titans after five seasons coaching the wide receivers for the two-time world champion Denver Broncos. Under his tutelage, the Denver tandem of Ed McCaffrey and Rod Smith became one of the top wide receiving duos in the NFL. Heimerdinger came to Denver in 1995 from Duke University where he was the offensive coordinator and running backs coach in 1994. Before his stint at Duke, Heimerdinger spent five years (1989-‘93) as offensive coordinator at Rice University. During his tenure, the Owls produced the school's first back-to-back winning seasons since 1960-‘61. In 1988, Heimerdinger also served as offensive coordinator at Cal-State Fullerton, where his club set the school's single-game record for most points scored with 58.

A native of DeKalb, IL (10/13/52), Heimerdinger played wide receiver (1970-71) and centerfield at Eastern Illinois, where he earned his degree in history in 1975. He also participated in the NCAA Division II College World Series in 1974. He later earned his master's in Administration from Northern Illinois. Mike and his wife, Kathie are parents of daughter, Alicia (22) and son, Brian (18).

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