Derrick Henry Comments on Titans New OC
The Tennessee Titans elevated passing game coordinator Tim Kelly to offensive coordinator Tuesday after firing Todd Downing.
The firing of Downing comes after a lack of production offensively last season, with the Titans finishing 3rd from last in total offense in the NFL this season.
The only bright spot for the Titans offense this season was former Heisman Trophy winning running back Derrick Henry. Henry finished second in the league with over 1,500 rushing yards just behind another former Alabama running back, Josh Jacobs, who had just over 1,600 yards for the Las Vegas Raiders.
Henry on Thursday speaking to Jim Wyatt, gave his thoughts on the elevation of Kelly to offensive coordinator.
"I love Tim," Henry told Wyatt, "I feel like Tim has a bright mind. Going up against him when he was with the Texans, I always felt like he had a great game plan against us".
Henry also talked about his relationship with Kelly throughout this past season, "We had a good relationship throughout the season and joking and getting to know one another, So I am excited to have him aboard as OC".
In 2014, Kelly was hired as the offensive quality control coach for the Houston Texans under head coach Bill O'Brien. After three years, Kelly was elevated to tight ends coach before being promoted to offensive coordinator in 2019, and gained an additional role as the quarterbacks coach in 2020. In Kelly's first two years as the offensive coordinator, the Texans finished 13th in the NFL and then last in 2021.
After the ending of the 2021 regular season, Kelly was fired by the Texans and would later be hired as the passing game coordinator for the Titans last February.