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History: 1990s
1990
  • January 6-Jerry Glanville leaves his position as Oilers' head coach by "mutual agreement."
  • January 9-Jack Pardee signs a five-year contract to become the 14th head coach in Houston Oiler history. Pardee joins the Oilers after enjoying a successful three seasons as the head coach at the University of Houston.
  • January 12-Head Coach Jack Pardee announces the hiring of three of his University of Houston assistant coaches to Oiler posts. Named to Pardee's Oiler staff are Defensive Coordinator Jim Eddy, Offensive Line Coach Bob Young and Defensive Backs Coach Pat Thomas.
  • January 30-The Oilers extend the contract of Executive Vice President/General Manager Mike Holovak. In addition, the team names former LBs Coach Floyd Reese to the newly-created position of Assistant General Manager and promotes Quarterbacks Coach Kevin Gilbride to Offensive Coordinator. Also, the team announces the signing of a multi-year contract that allows KTRH-AM/KLOL-FM to broadcast all Oiler football games beginning in 1990.
  • March 15-The Oilers announce that Raycom Sports Network has agreed to a multi-year contract to televise Oiler preseason games plus a weekly wrap-up show.
  • September 23-The Oilers win their 1990 home opener 24-10 over the Indianapolis Colts as QB Warren Moon becomes the all-time leading passer in club history. Moon throws for 308 yards (plus three TDs) to surpass George Blanda's team record of 19,149 yards. The record fell on a third quarter seven-yard pass to WR Haywood Jeffires. WR Drew Hill catches ten passes for 123 yards to help key the victory.
  • September 30-The Oilers capture their first road win of the season, defeating the Chargers 17-7 as QB Warren Moon throws for 355 yards, and WR Drew Hill records his 50th career touchdown. Moon's 27 completions allows him to pass Dan Pastorini's club record of 1,426.
  • October 14-QB Warren Moon passes for 369 yards and a career-best five TDs as the Oilers hammer the Cincinnati Bengals 48-17. Moon thus becomes the first player in pro football history to throw for over 20,000 yards in two different leagues (21,228 in Canadian Football League).
  • December 2-Despite losing 13-10 in overtime at Seattle, QB Warren Moon's 232 passing yards allow him to break his own single-season club passing record of 3,631 yards (set in 1989).
  • December 9-The Oilers shatter several team records while drubbing Cleveland 58-14. Included among the records set are most points in a game, in a quarter (31) and in a half (45). RB Lorenzo White ties a club mark with four rushing touchdowns, the first time that has been accomplished in the NFL in two years.
  • December 16-The Oilers win a key road game, beating Kansas City 27-10 at Arrowhead Stadium. QB Warren Moon again supplies the big news, completing 27-of-45 passes for 527 yards. That represents the second-best single-game passing performance in NFL history. The record belongs to the Rams' Norm Van Brocklin, who threw for 554 yards against the New York Yanks on September 28, 1951. Moon had an opportunity to break the record but declined to do so based on the Oilers' comfortable lead. Almost overshadowed by Moon's effort was WR Haywood Jeffires catching nine balls for 245 yards (including an 87-yard TD), which marked the second best receiving day in Oiler history. Charles Hennigan had 272 receiving yards versus the Patriots on October 13, 1961.
  • December 19-Six Oilers are named to the AFC squad for the Feb. 3 Pro Bowl. The six include starters G Bruce Matthews, QB Warren Moon and G Mike Munchak, plus reserves DT Ray Childress, WR Ernest Givins and WR Drew Hill.
  • December 23-The Oilers lose an opportunity to cement their grasp on first place in the AFC Central Division by losing at Cincinnati 40-20. Additionally, QB Warren Moon is lost for the remainder of the season after suffering an open dislocation of his throwing thumb.
  • December 29-Oiler Owner/President K.S. "Bud" Adams and San Antonio Mayor Lila Cockrell jointly announce a tentative agreement for the Oilers to hold their annual summer training camp in San Antonio. Also, it is announced that the Oilers will serve as the host team for preseason games in San Antonio's Alamodome when that facility is completed in 1993.
  • December 30-Led by backup QB Cody Carlson, the Oilers earn a Wild Card playoff berth by defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers 34-14 in the Astrodome. Carlson completes 22 of 29 passes for 247 yards and three TDs. With the victory, the Oilers end up in a three-way tie for first place with Cincinnati and Pittsburgh in the AFC Central.
1991
  • January 6-The Oilers' 1990 season comes to a close as they are eliminated from the playoffs by the Cincinnati Bengals. Houston loses at Riverfront Stadium 41-14 in an AFC Wild Card game.
  • January 26-It is announced that Earl Campbell has been voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The announcement is made in Tampa, Florida. Campbell is to be enshrined on July 27.
  • May 17-The Oilers and the City of San Antonio formally sign six-year contract which will allow the Oilers to hold training camp there. Trinity University is chosen as the host school.
  • September 16-In a pre-game ceremony, Earl Campbell receives his Hall of Fame ring from Hall Executive Director Pete Elliott. In the game that follows, the Oilers defeat Kansas City 17-7 to signal the first 3-0 start in franchise history.
  • October 13-In a 23-20 victory over the Jets at Giants Stadium, WR Haywood Jeffires ties Charlie Hennigan's 30-year-old team record for receptions in a game with 13 (186 yards). QB Warren Moon completes 35-of-50 passes for 423 yards, which is the fifth-best total in team annals. Also, WR Drew Hill surpasses Hennigan's 410 catches to become the all-time leading receiver in Oiler history.
  • November 3-Despite a 16-13 OT loss at Washington, WR Drew Hill moves past WR Ken Burrough's 6,907 receiving yards to become the Oilers' all-time leader in that category.
  • November 10-QB Warren Moon establishes career highs for completions (41) and attempts (56) as he throws for 432 yards, which is fourth best in team history, in Oilers' 26-23 OT victory over Dallas. Moon also passes Fran Tarkenton's 47,003 yards and moves into second place behind Ron Lancaster on all-time professional passing yards chart.
  • December 8-The Oilers defeat the Steelers 31-6 in the Astrodome as Houston captures its first-ever undisputed AFC Central Division championship. QB Warren Moon throws for 254 yards and becomes just the third QB in NFL history (Miami's Dan Marino, San Diego's Dan Fouts) to have back-to-back 4,000-yard seasons.
  • December 15-QB Warren Moon surpasses Dan Marino's NFL record (378 in 1986) for completions in a season as the Oilers beat the Browns 17-14.
  • December 18-Eight Oilers (tied NFL-best), including a league-high six starters are named to the AFC team for the February 2 Pro Bowl. The six starters include CB Cris Dishman, DE William Fuller, WR Haywood Jeffires, C Bruce Matthews, G Mike Munchak and LB Al Smith. DT Ray Childress and QB Warren Moon are also named to the squad although Childress was eventually unable to play because of a back/rib injury.
  • December 21-WR Haywood Jeffires becomes just the fifth player in NFL history to record 100 receptions in a single season despite the Oilers' 24-20 road loss to the Giants. Coupled with Drew Hill's 90 catches, that pair's 190 represents the most receptions by two teammates in one season in league annals. In addition, QB Warren Moon eclipses Dan Marino's NFL record (623 in 1986) for attempts in a season. DE William Fuller registers his 15th sack of the season and thus becomes the first Oiler ever to lead the conference in that category.
  • December 29-The Oilers defeat the New York Jets 17-10 in an AFC Wild Card playoff game before 61,485 fans in the Astrodome. S Bubba McDowell intercepts two key passes inside the Oiler five-yard line to preserve the win.
1992
  • January 4-After leading for most of the game, the Oilers end up losing a heartbreaking 26-24 decision to the Denver Broncos in an AFC Divisional Playoff game in front of 75,301 fans at Mile High Stadium. PK David Treadwell's 28-yard field goal with 16 seconds left in the game proves to be the deciding points. The loss mars a great performance by Oiler QB Warren Moon, who completes 75% of his passes (27 of 36) for 325 yards and three touchdowns.
  • March 6-The Oilers name Steve Underwood as General Counsel. Underwood joins the Oilers from the Houston firm of Caldwell and Hurst where he has handled most of the team's legal work since 1977.
  • August 1-The Oilers defeat the Dallas Cowboys 34-23 in the American Bowl in Tokyo, Japan, which marks Houston's first game outside of the United States.
  • August 31-The Oilers and QB Warren Moon reach agreement on a new multi-year contract that includes a settlement of a controversial escalator clause.
  • September 29-The Oilers sign free agent WR Webster Slaughter to a two-year contract. Slaughter had been one of four players who were declared free agents by a Minneapolis judge on September 24.
  • October 11-In a 38-24 win at Cincinnati, QB Warren Moon ties a personal best with five TD passes to eclipse George Blanda's team record for career touchdown passes (165, Moon now has 169). Also, WR Haywood Jeffires catches three TD passes to tie the franchise record, and RB Lorenzo White rushes for a career-best 149 yards.
  • October 18-QB Warren Moon becomes the leading passer in professional football history by surpassing Ron Lancaster's 50,535 yards (in 19 years). After the Oilers' heartbreaking 27-21 loss at Denver, Moon now has 50,589 yards. Moon's total, accumulated in less than 15 seasons, includes 21,228 yards in the CFL and 29,361 yards in the NFL.
  • November 15-In Houston's 17-13 win at Minnesota, QB Warren Moon suffers a fractured upper left arm on a fourth quarter hit by Viking S Vencie Glenn and misses the next five games. Despite the injury, Moon becomes just the 14th NFL QB to surpass 30,000 passing yards as he accomplishes that faster (125 games) than any player in league history except for Miami's Dan Marino (114 games).
  • November 26-Subbing for the injured Warren Moon, QB Cody Carlson throws for a career-high 338 yards as the Oilers defeat the Lions 24-21 on Thanksgiving Day in Detroit.
  • December 11-After being diagnosed with kidney cancer, Offensive Coordinator Kevin Gilbride undergoes surgery for the removal of his cancerous kidney. He misses two games as Receivers Coach Chris Palmer and injured QB Warren Moon help to handle Gilbride's game day responsibilities.
  • December 23-An NFL-best nine Oilers earn Pro Bowl honors with four players designated as starters for the February 7 game. The starters include WR Haywood Jeffires, C Bruce Matthews, G Mike Munchak and LB Al Smith. The Houston reserves feature DT Ray Childress, WR Curtis Duncan, WR Ernest Givins, QB Warren Moon and RB Lorenzo White. The inclusion of Jeffires, Givins and Duncan represents the first time ever that three receivers from the same team have been designated as Pro Bowlers.
  • December 20-Shortly after their exciting, come-from-behind 17-14 win at Cleveland, the Oilers learn that they have clinched a playoff berth for the sixth straight season. That represents the longest current post-season streak in the NFL.
  • December 27-As Houston routs Buffalo 27-3 in the regular season finale, WR Haywood Jeffires catches six passes to finish with 90 receptions. He thus leads the AFC in that category for the third straight season, becoming only the second player since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to accomplish that feat.
1993
  • January 3-The Oilers lose a 41-38 OT decision at Buffalo in an AFC Wild Card playoff game. QB Warren Moon completes 36 of 50 passes for 371 yards and four first-half touchdowns.
  • January 4-The Oilers announce that they will not offer new contracts to Defensive Coordinator Jim Eddy and Defensive Backs Coach Pat Thomas.
  • January 29-The Oilers name Buddy Ryan as the team's defensive coordinator.
  • July 2-NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue rules in a dispute between the Oilers and Redskins. Tagliabue completes a trade which sends Washington LB Wilber Marshall to Houston in exchange for the Oilers' third-round draft choice in 1994 and their fifth-round selection in 1995.
  • November 14-WR Haywood Jeffires ties a team record with three touchdown receptions and QB Warren Moon throws four TD passes in just over two quarters of playing time as the Oilers rout the Bengals 38-3 at Riverfront Stadium. RB Gary Brown earns AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors by rushing for 166 yards in his first NFL start, which marks the most yards by an Oiler back in 12 years.
  • November 21-RB Gary Brown explodes for 194 rushing yards to lead Houston to its fifth consecutive win, a 27-20 victory at Cleveland. Brown's rushing total is the highest by any AFC back in three years and the most by an Oiler in 13 years. His back-to-back running sum of 360 yards is also the team's best in 13 seasons. Brown becomes the first NFL back in ten years to gain over 100 yards in his first two career starts. Also, S Marcus Robertson ties a team record by becoming the first Oiler in 22 years to get three interceptions in a game.
  • November 28-In the Oilers' 23-3 Astrodome victory over the Steelers, WR Ernest Givins passes Drew Hill's 480 catches to become Houston's all-time leading receiver.
  • December 5-As Houston captures its seventh straight win with a 33-17 home decision over Atlanta, the Oilers' defense forces seven turnovers (including a team record-tying six interceptions) for its highest such total in 16 years.
  • December 14-Oilers DT Jeff Alm commits suicide following the death of his best friend in a traffic accident. The Oilers hold a memorial service for their teammate the following day.
  • December 19-The Oilers clinch their second outright AFC Central Division championship with a 26-17 win over the Steelers at Three Rivers Stadium. Houston thus cements a playoff berth for the seventh consecutive season, the longest current streak in the NFL. The Oilers also become just the second team since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to go undefeated within the AFC's Central Division (also 1975 Steelers). Against Pittsburgh, PK Al Del Greco surpasses the team record of 115 points in a single season.
  • December 28-G Mike Munchak establishes an Oiler record by being named to the Pro Bowl for the ninth time (Elvin Bethea had eight appearances).
1994
  • January 2-The Oilers close the regular season with their club record 11th consecutive win, a 24-0 shutout of the Jets in the Astrodome. The winning streak is the longest in the NFL in nine years as the Oilers become just the fifth team in league history to close a season with 11 straight victories. The Oilers also set a franchise record with 12 wins for the season and go undefeated in both November and December for just the third time ever. Amazingly, RB Gary Brown finished with 1,002 yards in just eight starts.
  • January 27-The Oilers promote Assistant General Manager Floyd Reese to the position of Executive Vice-President/General Manager. Reese succeeds Mike Holovak, who assumes the title of Vice-President/Player Personnel and Scouting.
  • February 8-The Oilers promote Kevin Gilbride to Assistant Head Coach/Offense and name Dick Coury as the team's Offensive Coordinator.
  • February 9-Houston names Jeff Fisher as its new Defensive Coordinator, replacing Buddy Ryan, who left the Oilers to become General Manager/Head Coach of the Arizona Cardinals.
  • April 13-The Minnesota Vikings announce that they have reached an agreement to acquire QB Warren Moon from the Oilers in exchange for draft choices.
  • August 15-The Oilers defeat the Dallas Cowboys 6-0 before 112,376 fans at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. The in-house attendance is the largest ever for an NFL game.
  • September 4-WR Ernest Givins becomes Oilers' all-time receiving yardage leader, surpassing Drew Hill's mark of 7,477. Givins would end the season with 7,935 yards on 542 career receptions.
  • November 6-G Mike Munchak, who announced his retirement on July 21, 1994 to join the Oilers under the title of Assistant to Football Operations, is honored by Oiler Owner/President K.S. "Bud" Adams, Jr., by having his #63 jersey retired at halftime ceremonies of Oilers-Steelers game.
  • November 14-After a 1-9 start, Head Coach Jack Pardee and Assistant Head Coach/Offense Kevin Gilbride are relieved of their duties. Jeff Fisher is elevated to title of Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator.
  • December 24-Houston closes out season with 24-10 victory over the N.Y. Jets for Fisher's first win as a head coach.
1995
  • January 5-Oilers announce that Jeff Fisher will remain as head coach, officially becoming the 15th head coach in franchise history.
  • January 17-As his first hire, Fisher brings in Jerry Rhome under the title of Offensive Coordinator.
  • March 3-The Oilers jump into the free-agent pool and sign the NFL's all-time leading kickoff returner, Mel Gray. Gray joins the Oilers after successful stints with the Detroit Lions and New Orleans Saints.
  • March 7-The team announces five-year contract with KHTV/Channel 39 to broadcast Oilers' preseason games. The pact reunites the team and KHTV, which carried Oilers preseason action in '89.
  • March 23-Houston lures in one of the most coveted unrestricted free agents by signing C Mark Stepnoski from the Dallas Cowboys.
  • March 28-The Oilers sign veteran QB Chris Chandler from the Rams.
  • April 22-With the third overall choice in the draft, Houston selects Alcorn State QB Steve McNair.
  • July 25-QB Steve McNair signs contract at press conference held at Oilers' training camp.
  • August 11-Tennessee newspaper reports that Nashville Mayor Phil Bredesen is meeting with Oiler officials. Nashville is willing to build new stadium if it will attract a professional team. K.S. "Bud" Adams, Jr. and Bredesen execute an agreement that gives the City of Nashville a 70-day exclusive negotiating period with the Houston Oilers to build a stadium and relocate the team.
  • August 19-Oilers-Chargers preseason game is canceled by NFL after field is deemed unplayable for safety reasons.
  • September 3-The Oilers travel to Jacksonville and defeat the Jaguars 10-3 in the expansion team's inaugural game.
  • September 24-QB Chris Chandler connects on 23-of-26 passes for 352 yards and four TDs, leading Oilers to a 38-28 win over the Bengals at Riverfront Stadium. Chandler's 88.46 completion percentage misses the NFL record by one completion. Chandler, who hooked up with rookie WR Chris Sanders on TD passes of 58 and 46 yards, is named AFC Offensive Player of the Week.
  • November 2-Oilers' long-time equipment assistant Bill "Mojo" Lackey passes away after a massive stroke.
  • November 5-Oilers win 37-10 over Browns and dedicate game to "Mojo" and his family. The win marks the Oilers' largest margin of victory at Cleveland since a 40-10 decision on Oct. 12, 1975.
  • November 12-K.S. "Bud" Adams, Jr. and the Oilers announce the establishment of the Bill "Mojo" Lackey Memorial Award, which would be given to the player, coach or front office staff member that best exemplifies the qualities of the former equipment assistant. A $10,000 check is given to the winner to be awarded to charity in his or her name.
  • November 16-K.S. "Bud" Adams, Jr. and Nashville Mayor Phil Bredesen sign a relocation agreement to move the Oilers the Tennessee.
  • December 14-G Bruce Matthews, S Blaine Bishop, CB Darryll Lewis and C Mark Stepnoski are selected to the Pro Bowl. Matthews sets the Oiler mark for consecutive selections with his eighth consecutive Pro Bowl honor.
  • December 17-Paul "Hoss" Noska, equipment assistant, is honored with the first Bill "Mojo" Lackey Memorial Award.
1996
  • March 26-Oilers sign veteran WR Willie Davis from the Kansas City Chiefs.
  • April 20-After trading down in the first round (from 9th to 17th) to acquire extra picks from Oakland, General Manager Floyd Reese and Head Coach Jeff Fisher execute a trade with the Seattle Seahawks to move back up to the 14th spot in the '96 draft to select Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George from Ohio State. Sent to the Seahawks in the trade was DT Glenn Montgomery.
  • April 30-The National Football League approves the team's relocation to Nashville in a special owner's meeting held in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • May 3-Adding more weapons to the offense, the Oilers agree to terms with RB Ronnie Harmon from the San Diego Chargers.
  • May 7-Voters of Davidson County in Nashville, Tennessee, overwhelmingly approve a referendum held to decide on the use of public funding for a new downtown stadium.
  • October 20-With a 22-yard field goal, K Al Del Greco sets the club record for most career field goals, surpassing K Tony Zendejas (117).
  • October 27-Del Greco kicks the longest field goal in team history with a 56-yarder at the end of the first half versus the 49ers.
  • November 17-In a clash with the Miami Dolphins, G Bruce Matthews becomes the Oilers' all-time leader in games played with his 211th contests, breaking Elvin Bethea's mark of 210. Matthews would go on to also set the team marks for most consecutive games played and started.
  • December 12- G Bruce Matthews, S Blaine Bishop, C Mark Stepnoski and ST player John Henry Mills are selected to the Pro Bowl. Matthews extends the Oiler mark for consecutive selections (9) and ties G Mike Munchak for most overall selections (9).
  • December 15- Oilers play their final game in Houston with a 21-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in the Astrodome.
  • December 22- RB Eddie George finishes the '96 season with 1,368 yards rushing en route to Rookie of the Year accolades. In addition, George's ground totals were only 82 yards shy of RB Earl Campbell's rookie record of 1,450. On this day, George would also help the Oilers to a 24-21 win over the Baltimore Ravens for a franchise-best 6-2 road record.
1997
  • January 1-The team promotes linebackers coach Gregg Williams to defensive coordinator.
  • January 3-After relieving Jerry Rhome of his duties, the Oilers make wide receivers coach Les Steckel the team's offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach.
  • February 24-Oilers trade QB Chris Chandler to the Atlanta Falcons for two '97 draft choices (4th and 6th).
  • May 3-City of Nashville holds ground-breaking ceremonies for the team's downtown stadium.
  • May 8-After formulating an agreement earlier with Harris County (Houston), K.S. "Bud" Adams, Jr. and Astrodome USA owner Drayton McLane, Jr. reach a settlement for the final year of Oilers' lease at the Astrodome. Under appointed mediator Alice Oliver Parrott, the two sides clear the biggest step in the team's ability to play games in Tennessee for the '97 season.
  • June 5-Oilers reach agreement with Memphis Sports Authority, clearing the way for the team to play it's games in the Liberty Bowl.
  • June 12-Oilers hold press conference in Nashville to formally announce the club's intention to play the 1997 season in Tennessee, and introduce an inaugural patch and logo which merges the Oilers traditional "Oil derrick" with the Tennessee state flag.
  • July 18- Oilers players report to Tennessee State University for their first training camp in the state of Tennessee. Also, Oilers sign DE Kenny Holmes, 1997 first-round selection, to a four-year contract.
  • July 19- Oilers sign GM Floyd Reese to a four-year extension running through 2001 season.
  • August 2- Oilers play first preseason game of 1997 season at Liberty Bowl in Memphis, falling to the New Orleans Saints 21-12.
  • August 9- Oilers play their first ever game at Vanderbilt Stadium, an 18-12 preseason loss to the Washington Redskins.
  • August 15- Oilers move into their temporary training facility in Bellevue.
  • August 23- Oilers promote Don MacLachlan to Executive Vice President of Marketing, Broadcasting, and Ticketing.
  • August 27- Oilers sign free agent SS Blaine Bishop.
  • August 31- Oilers open their inaugural season in the state of Tennessee with a 24-21 overtime win over the Oakland Raiders at Liberty Bowl. RB Eddie George ties Billy Cannon's franchise record for rushing yards in a game with 216 yards on 35 carries. With the game-winning field goal in overtime, PK Al Del Greco becomes the Oilers all-time points leader, surpassing George Blanda's total of 596 points.
  • October 27 - In their first-ever trip to Arizona, the Oilers defeat the Cardinals 41-14.
  • November 27- Oilers defeat Dallas 27-14 on Thanksgiving Day in front of a national-television audience. It marked the first regular season game in Texas for the Oilers since their move to Tennessee.
  • December 11- G Bruce Matthews, RB Eddie George, and SS Blaine Bishop are selected to the Pro Bowl. Matthews extends the mark for consecutive selections (10) and surpasses G Mike Munchak for most overall selections (9).
  • December 14 - Oilers fall to the Baltimore Ravens 21-19 in the final game at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium. It marked the second time the Oilers closed the stadium, because on Dec. 18, 1983, the Oilers played at the Baltimore Colts in what would be their final game in Baltimore.
  • December 21- Oilers close their inaugural season in Tennessee with an 8-8 record after a 16-6 win over Pittsburgh in Memphis.
1998
  • February 14 - Oilers agree to terms with free agent WR Yancey Thigpen from Pittsburgh.
  • February 19 - Oilers agree to terms with free agent P/K Craig Hentrich from Green Bay.
  • February 24 - Oilers reach agreement with Shelby County Sports Authority and Memphis Park Commission to be released from the final year of their lease at the Liberty Bowl.
  • March 4 - Oilers and Vanderbilt University reach tentative agreement for the Oilers to play at Vanderbilt Stadium for the 1998 season.
  • March 11 - Oilers agree to terms with free agent TE Jackie Harris from Tampa Bay.
  • April 16 - A tornado rips through Nashville, damaging three cranes and 10 portable trailers at the Oilers East Bank Stadium construction site.
  • April 18 - In the franchise's first draft as the Tennessee Oilers, the club selects WR Kevin Dyson from Utah with its first-round selection (16th overall) in the NFL Draft.
  • April 23 - Oilers finalize deal to play at Vanderbilt Stadium for the 1998 season.
  • May 15 - Oilers finalize deal to acquire land in MetroCenter for a permanent practice facility to be finished in the summer of 1999.
  • May 28 - Oilers reach agreement with Tennessee State University to hold the Oilers 1998 Training Camp on TSU's campus. It marks the first time in club history that the Oilers have had consecutive training camps outside the state of Texas.
  • July 29 - Owner K.S. "Bud" Adams, Jr., listens to the Tennesssee fans and announces that he will change the name of the team. An advisory council is later formed to research names and a "Guess the Name" contest is introduced to fans to gain additional feedback.
  • Oct. 18 - Oilers win first home game in Nashville, a 44-14 victory over Cincinnati.
  • Oct. 29 - Former Oiler and nine-time Pro Bowl Guard Mike Munchak is announced among 76 nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
  • Sept. 12 - Oilers play first regular season home game in Nashville vs. San Diego Chargers.
  • Nov. 4 - First Oilers coach, Lou Rymkus, passes away at 78.
  • Nov. 14 - Oilers owner K.S. "Bud" Adams, Jr., announces that the Oilers will become the "Tennessee Titans" beginning in 1999. "We wanted a new nickname to reflect strength, leadership and other heroic qualities," Adams said.
  • Dec. 22 - Oilers owner K.S. "Bud" Adams, Jr., unveils new Tennessee Titans logo and colors, featuring the fire of the Titans and exemplifying power, strength, knowledge and excellence. "I feel we have developed a logo that fans throughout the state of Tennessee and around the country will embrace for years to come," Adams said.
  • Dec. 26 - Oilers era comes to end against Minnesota Vikings.
1999
  • January 1 - G Bruce Matthews and P Craig Hentrich earn All-Pro honors.
  • February 8 - G Bruce Matthews, P Craig Hentrich, RB Eddie George & TE Frank Wycheck represent AFC in Pro Bowl.
  • February 26 - Steve Walters (WR's) and Jim Washburn (DL) added to coaching staff.
  • April 13 - Titans unveil new uniforms and helmets before packed crowd at the new stadium.
  • April 17 - Titans make Florida DE Jevon Kearse their first selection in the 1999 NFL Draft.
  • May 3 - Veteran players tour stadium and practice facilty. Mr. Adams presents pair of tickets to each stadium worker in appreciation of their hard work.
  • May 3 - George Henshaw promoted to Assistant Head Coach/Running game. Jim Schwartz added to staff as Defensive Assistant/Quality Control Coach.
  • May 8 - Final auditions determine first ever Titans cheerleading squad.
  • May 13 - 11-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman Bruce Matthews re-signs with team.
  • May 14 - Stadium lights turned on for 100-hour test.
  • May 17 - Titans announce that 1999 training camp will be held at Baptist Sports Park in Bellevue.
  • May 18 - Stadium sod is laid down.
  • July 8 - Adelphia Coliseum name and logo are unveiled at a downtown ceremony.
  • July 23 - Titans name former Minnesota Senior Vice President Jeff Diamond President and Chief Operating Officer, and agree to terms with former Pittsburgh Pro Bowl quarterback Neil O'Donnell.
  • July 27 - The Titans sign their first-round draft selection, Florida DE Jevon Kearse, to a multi-year contract.
  • August 15 - The Tennessee franchise plays its first preseason game under the name Titans, a 22-20 loss at Kansas City. The game is the first in franchise history played in a uniform other than the Oilers.
  • August 27 - Titans defeat Atlanta, 17-3, in the first preseason game at Adelphia Coliseum.
  • September 2 - Owner K.S. "Bud" Adams, Jr. and his wife, Nancy, announce the creation of the Tennessee Titans Foundation, an organization estbalished to serve the charitable interests of the state of Tennessee by providing financial support and other resources to non-profit organizations, enriching and strengthening communities throughout the state. Adams donates $500,000 to start the foundation.
  • September 5 - Cornerback Darryll Lewis, the team leader in interceptions in each of the past five seasons, is released.
  • September 12 - Al Del Greco kicks a 33-yard field goal to lift the Titans to a 36-35 win over Cincinnati in the first regular season game and victory at Adelphia Coliseum. The win, in front of 65,272 fans, is the team's first as the Titans, and quarterback Steve McNair passes for a career-high 341 yards in the victory.
  • September 26 - The team wins its first road contest as the Titans, a 20-19 victory at Jacksonville sealed by a Samari Rolle interception in the end zone with under a minute remaining.
  • October 31 - Steve McNair returns after missing five games because of a back injury to lead the Titans to defeat the previously-unbeaten St. Louis Rams, 24-21 at Adelphia Coliseum. McNair is named Miller Lite NFL Player of the Week for his performance in the victory.
  • December 19 - Tennessee clinches the franchise's first playoff berth since 1993 with a 30-17 win over Atlanta at Adelphia Coliseum.
  • December 22 - G Bruce Matthews, RB Eddie George, DE Jevon Kearse and TE Frank Wycheck are named to the AFC team for the Pro Bowl. Matthews extends his franchise records for consecutive and overall selections (12), and Kearse becomes the first rookie defensive end selected to the Pro Bowl in AFC history and the first in the NFL since 1978.
  • December 26 - Tennessee defeats Jacksonville for the fourth consecutive time, a 41-14 victory in which Steve McNair throws five touchdown passes. McNair earns his first AFC Offensive Player of the Week and his second Miller Lite NFL Player of the Week honor this season for his efforts. The win completes the first unbeaten home regular season in club history.

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