Tennessee Titans Fire Offensive Coordinator Chris Palmer

Daniel BarnesCorrespondent IIINovember 26, 2012

NASHVILLE, TN - CIRCA 2011: In this handout image provided by the NFL, Chris Palmer of the Tennessee Titans poses for his NFL headshot circa 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)
Handout/Getty Images

The Titans announced on their website that offensive coordinator Chris Palmer has been fired after two seasons. He will be replaced in the interim by quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains.

The Titans have struggled on both offense and defense this season on their way to a 4-7 start, and earlier reports stated that many assistant coaches were concerned about job security. The Titans offense had been productive at times, most notably in the 44-41 win over the Detroit Lions in Week 3, but the high expectations set in the preseason were never realized with any consistency.

Statistically, the Titans defense has been worse off than the offense, but with higher expectations and more top draft picks on the offensive side of the ball, Palmer seems to have shouldered more of the blame than fellow coordinator Jerry Gray.

Gray's job is by no means safe, but the Titans have shown improvement on the defensive side of the ball, nearly shutting the Dolphins out in a 37-3 victory and posting seven sacks against the Jaguars.

Under Palmer, the Titans offense ranked 20th in passing offense and 19th in rushing in the 2012 season, averaging just 327 total yards per game. In 2011, the Titans famously fielded the 31st-ranked rushing offense, despite having All-Pro Chris Johnson at running back.