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Titans add veteran coach Tom Moore to help offense

Titans add veteran coach Tom Moore to help offense

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Mike Munchak has hired veteran coach Tom Moore to help the Tennessee Titans after firing offensive coordinator Chris Palmer and giving the job to Dowell Loggains.

Munchak said Thursday the 32-year-old Loggains will call the plays starting Sunday when the Titans (4-7) host Houston (10-1). But Loggains had been the quarterbacks coach, and Munchak said they needed more help in the building. Munchak called it a spur of the moment idea knowing Moore was available and the Titans could use some help.

``I didn't want to overwhelm any of our coaches, where to ask Dowell to do all of that work and then call the game and then coach the quarterbacks and then do this and do that, and do scripts,'' Munchak said. ``It's a lot of work, so we thought if we had someone else here that could help in certain areas, that would help. I thought of Tom and gave him a call.''

Munchak talked to Moore on Tuesday night, and the 74-year-old arrived in Nashville on Wednesday. Moore was on the field for Thursday's practice, working with the quarterbacks while Loggains talked with reporters for the first time as offensive coordinator. Moore also talked individually with several players during practice.

``He's a guy that obviously has a resume that's more than qualified for what we need,'' Munchak said. ``We're fortunate that someone like him is available when we need it. We're going to take full advantage of that. I think it's smart that we're doing that. I think that's how the players see it and how the coaching staff is excited. They should be. We have a chance to learn more and learn how to do your job better. It's great to do that.''

Moore has three Super Bowl rings as a coach, winning two as an assistant with Pittsburgh and his third working with Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts. His stint with the Colts ended after the 2010 season, and Moore worked with the Jets last season as a consultant, first from his South Carolina home and then spending the final month of the season with the team.

Munchak talked to Moore when he was setting up his own staff after he was hired in February 2011, before bringing in Palmer. Now Munchak has Moore around with no official title, just as a member of the coaching staff and a walking football resource.

``He's coached every position on offense, he's coached receiver, he's coached Lynn Swann and John Stallworth,'' Munchak said. ``He's got a lot of things he can add to some thoughts on the receiving game, the passing game. He's got a lot of experience in general. No real title, just going to be here to help us as an offensive assistant.''

NOTES: LB Colin McCarthy did not practice for a second straight day, and Munchak said they will know Friday if he's been cleared from a concussion after testing himself on a bicycle and treadmill Thursday. ... Damian Williams had an MRI after tweaking his hamstring in practice Wednesday, and Munchak said the test showed the receiver was OK and must now see if he can handle the soreness. ... RB Jamie Harper (ankle) did not practice after being limited Wednesday.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Breaking down the Wizards' 2018 draft class

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller analyze the Wizards' two picks the night of the draft.

They went in-depth on first round pick Troy Brown, Jr. and why the Wizards took him when some big names were still on the board. They also broke down why the Wizards chose to pick a draft-and-stash guy in the second round.

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Ernie Grunfeld uses second round pick on draft-and-stash prospect Issuf Sanon

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Ernie Grunfeld uses second round pick on draft-and-stash prospect Issuf Sanon

The Washington Wizards selected international prospect Issuf Sanon with the 44th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft on Thursday night.

Like Wizards first round pick Troy Brown, Sanon is just 18 years old and does not turn 19 until Oct. 30. President of basketball operations Ernie Grunfeld said that Sanon is a draft-and-stash prospect and will play at least the following year for Olimpija, a professional team in Slovenia.

Here’s what you need to know about Sanon:

Height: 6-4

Weight: 172

2017-18 stats: 20.5 mpg, 6.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.2 spg, 0.2 bpg, 42.9 FG%, 28.3 3PT%, 50 FT%

*Sanon is a defensive-minded combo guard that is not expected to be ready for the next few years. However, he thrived defensively, allowing just 0.471 points per isolation possession, according to the NBA. That ranks in the 92nd percentile. In the past two seasons in Ukraine’s second division, Sanon averaged 4.6 steals per game.

*While playing in the 2017 U-18 Euros for the Ukrainian National team last summer, Sanon broke out, averaging 19.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 3.4 steals per game. 

*During the middle of the 2017-18 season, Sanon changed teams. He moved from Ukraine’s Dnipro to the more competitive Olimpija in Slovenia.

*The biggest area of improvement for Sanon is developing his offensive game further. While he is just 18 and very raw, Sanon’s numbers have dipped since his move to Olimpija, especially shooting wise. Sanon’s strength comes in transition and his 6-4 frame helps him when slashing to the rim.

*Though he will not play for the Wizards anytime soon, he will come to the United States and play on the Wizards’ Summer League team.