New offense? No sweat.

Make that no sweatband.

Among the changes Dowell Loggains has made in his first year as Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator, one of the easiest to see is the manner in which the quarterback hears the play call.

Loggains has virtually done away with the call sheet/wristband preferred by his predecessor, Chris Palmer. He plans instead to communicate the specific call directly to the quarterback.

“My thing with the wristband is I believe the quarterback should know the gameplan well enough,” Loggains said. “If the headset goes out, then he should be able to call the game. … We’ll use a wristband for emergencies only, but we won’t call the plays in like we used to that way.”

As part of that change, most of the plays are not called what they were in recent seasons.

The move away from the wristband was made in conjunction with a reduction of the number of words needed to designate what is to happen. Players often noted that Palmer’s play calls sometimes required a deep breath in order to spit out all the necessary words.

“I took the advice of a lot of people I talked to … and we sat in a room and said, ‘What’s the best way to call this formation? What’s the best way to call this motion?’ and cut out as much mental clutter as possible,” Loggains said. “Some of these play calls, they’re still long, but I feel like we’ve done a good job streamlining it and making the verbiage as small as possible.”

Around the league, the wristband remains a popular option.

Backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, for example, has played for three teams in his nine-year NFL career and said the wristband has been a constant. Thus, his transition to the Titans after four years as a starter with the Buffalo Bills has an additional element.

Likewise, Palmer has not been the only Titans’ offensive coordinator to employ it. Norm Chow had his quarterbacks use it during his three seasons in the NFL. Mike Heimerdinger employed it on an as-needed basis.