Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger said he was grateful for the opportunity to interview for the team's head coaching vacancy, and told TitanInsider that he didn't believe his health would be a concern regarding undertaking the job.
Heimerdinger, who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in November, has seen his health improve in recent weeks through chemotherapy treatments. After diagnosis, he did not miss any games, and only was absent for a few meetings and practices.
“If it was a problem, I don't think I would have even interviewed for the job, if I thought it was a problem,” Heimerdinger said. “Things are going the right way for me health-wise right now, and I've got to keep hoping they go the right way.”
As for the head coaching vacancy, Heimerdinger followed offensive line coach Mike Munchak, who interviewed on Monday. He met with senior executive VP Steve Underwood and general manager Mike Reinfeldt.
“They gave me an opportunity to get in front of them, so that's all you can ask, so that was good,” Heimerdinger said. “You don't know how it's going (as far as their thinking). You get to express your ideas, and hopefully, what I gave them is good enough to make them look at me.”
Heimerdinger was a finalist for the San Francisco 49ers head coaching vacancy in 2005, before the team hired Mike Nolan.
Interviews for the Titans' job are expected to continue this week, and linebackers coach Dave McGinnis is likely to interview. The Titans still have to comply with the Rooney Rule by interviewing a minority candidate. Ray Sherman, who coached receivers for two seasons with the Titans and had been with the Houston Oilers earlier in his career, continues to be a possibility in that regard.
Thus far, there has been no evidence that the Titans have made contact with New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.
A report on Tuesday indicated that new San Diego Chargers special teams coach Rich Bisaccia might be a candidate, but that appears to be a long shot at best, if it materializes at all. The one connection he has to the organization is his time in Tampa Bay where he worked with Titans vice president of player personnel Ruston Webster.