Sunday's loss in Jacksonville was a costly one for the Tennessee Titans, and on Monday night, offensive coordinator Chris Palmer paid the price.
Titans coach Mike Munchak announced that Palmer has been fired as the team's offensive coordinator and replaced by quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains.
The Titans' frustrations on offense were evident on Sunday in the 24-19 loss to the struggling Jaguars, as Tennessee settled for five Rob Bironas field goal attempts on Sunday, and scoring just one touchdown.
In making the decision, Munchak released the following statement on the move, “I have a great deal of respect for Chris Palmer as a coach and that was the reason we brought him here. I appreciate the time and effort he put in here and I want to wish him and his family the best moving forward.
“As an offense I didn’t feel like we were progressing the way that I had hoped. I believe we needed a change in direction and I hope to see that progress in our remaining games. Dowell has worked here for a number of years under some very successful coordinators and he is ready for this challenge.”
The Titans' offense, entering the season, was regarded as one of the team's strengths, but is ranked just 24th in the NFL.
There have been whispers and questions about the play calling at times for an offense that was supposed to display explosiveness with players like Chris Johnson, Kenny Britt, Jared Cook and Kendall Wright.
The move to Loggains, who has been in the organization since 2008 starting as a quality control coach, keeps needed continuity with Jake Locker, who was named the Titans starting quarterback at the end of training camp.
Loggains has never called plays before, but in 2010, when then-offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger was diagnosed with cancer, his role increased in assisting with the preparation duties during the weekly game plans.