Tennessee Titans Fire OC Chris Palmer and Other AFC South Must-Reads

Nate DunlevyGuest ColumnistNovember 27, 2012

Jake Locker looked to Chris Palmer (left) for answers. Loggains (right) will take over as OC.
Jake Locker looked to Chris Palmer (left) for answers. Loggains (right) will take over as OC.Bruce Kluckhohn-US PRESSWIRE

Some lambs have to be sacrificed.

Last night the Tennessee Titans announced via press release that they were firing offensive coordinator Chris Palmer.

In the wake of an embarrassing 24-19 loss to the 2-9 Jacksonville Jaguars, head coach Mike Munchak was forced to make a move.

Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean posts the details of the release and the ascension of quarterback's coach Dowell Loggains to the coordinator position.

Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com argues that the change could make the Titans more vertical and that the move is an audition for 2013 for Loggains.

While Titans' fans likely won't shed any tears over the departure of Palmer, there is no quick fix for what ails Tennessee. While Palmer's scheme was unpopular with some in the locker room, replacing him does nothing to fix the leaky defense that has plagued Tennessee.

Ultimately, this move serves as a recognition by the team that they've drastically underperformed their talent level and that continued failure won't be tolerated.


General Interest

Bill Barnwell of Grantland looks back at the weekend.

Judy Batista of the New York Times looks at analytics in football. Hat tip to Paul Kuharsky.

The Football Outsiders post their audibles at the line.

Mike Tanier of Sports on Earth looks at the playoff situation.

Chase Stuart of Football Perspective does more work on game scripts.


Houston Texans

Peter King of Sports Illustrated compares J.J. Watt and Von Miller.

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle says Johnathan Joseph will be back against the Titans.

Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle says Matt Schaub wouldn't want Ndamukong Suh as a teammate.


Indianapolis Colts

Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star breaks down big plays from T.Y. Hilton.

Phil B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star shares his thoughts on the Colts.

Nolan Nowrocki of Pro Football Weekly looks at Jerrell Freeman.


Tennessee Titans

John Glennon of the Tennessean says Michael Griffin has a penchant for personal foul penalties.


Jacksonville Jaguars

Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union says Chad Henne responded well to adversity.

Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union says Mike Mularkey wasn't happy with seven sacks of Henne.