Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak fired offensive coordinator Chris Palmer on Monday, a day after a 24-19 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Quarterback coach Dowell Loggains was promoted to offensive coordinator.
Loggains is 32 years old and has spent his entire five-year coaching career on the Titans’ staff. He was offensive quality control coach in 2008 and 2009 and was promoted to quarterbacks coach in 2010, Jeff Fisher’s final season with the team.
Palmer has 40 years of coaching experience and has been an offensive coordinator for three NFL teams. He was the third coach Munchak hired in February 2011, after offensive line coach Bruce Matthews and defensive coordinator Jerry Gray.
Munchak informed Palmer of the move in a Monday evening meeting.
“I have a great deal of respect for Chris Palmer as a coach and that was the reason we brought him here,” Munchak said in a statement released by the team. “I appreciate the time and effort he put in here and I want to wish him and his family the best moving forward.”
The Titans averaged 335.1 yards of total offense last season, an improvement from 2010, but scored just 325 points, the fewest in four seasons. Their 3,923 passing yards were the fourth-highest total in franchise history.
Through the first 11 games this season, which included the move to second-year quarterback Jake Locker, the averages for total offense and points per game are similar to last season. More importantly, though, Tennessee (4-7) currently ranks 24th in the NFL in yards per game, which is down from a year ago and has scored 20 or more points four times.
“It’s tough. … It’s just tough,” tight end Jared Cook said Monday in response to a question that was not specifically about Palmer. “We know we’re a lot better than this. We’re just not putting it out there on film right now.
“… We’re a lot better offense than this, I know. We’re a better team.”
A native of Abilene, Texas, Loggains was a quarterback and holder at the University of Arkansas (he threw one pass in his career). He broke into the NFL as a scouting assistant with the Dallas Cowboys in 2005 and came to the Titans as a coaching administrative assistant, a position he held for two years (2006-07).
“As an offense I didn’t feel like we were progressing the way that I had hoped,” Munchak said. “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.”