Titans offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger has been diagnosed with cancer and will undergo chemotherapy, head coach Jeff Fisher said Wednesday, according to multiple media reports.
Heimerdinger, 58, is in his second stint as offensive coordinator in Tennessee, orginally serving in that role from 2000-04. In 2005, Heimerdinger was hired as the Jets' offensive coordinator, where he worked under head coach Herm Edwards. He left after one year and was an assistant head coach and QBs coach for the Broncos from 2006-07.
Heimerdinger returned to the Titans in ’08 where he has been coaching since. The Titans have not released specifics on his health. The coach was on the sideline Sunday for the Titans' overtime loss to the Redskins.
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QB/passing-game coach Dowell Loggains reportedly will call plays in Heimerdinger's absence. Loggains, 30, is in his first season in his current position after two years as a quality-control coach on offense. Loggains has helped Heimderdinger with the passing game plan. Veteran OL coach Mike Munchak also will take on some of Heimerdinger's duties, Fisher said, according to reports. Munchak, 50 is a Hall of Fame guard who has coached the Titans' O-line for the past 14 seasons.
Loggains and Munchak are charged with readying rookie QB Rusty Smith for his first career start Sunday at Tennessee.