Titans' Chow fired

Tuesday, January 15, 2008 at 1:52pm

Offensive coordinator Norm Chow has been fired by the Tennessee Titans after three seasons in the position.

Titans coach Jeff Fisher issued a statement on Tuesday saying the team has decided to go in a different direction.

“Over the last week, we have done a lot of self-evaluation, and I think we still have work ahead of us to reach our ultimate goal,” Fisher said in the statement. “I have informed Norm that he will not be retained as our offensive coordinator. I appreciate all of the hard work and contributions he made to the organization during his time here, but I have decided to go in a different direction and will start the process of finding a new offensive coordinator. We wish Norm and his family the best in their future endeavors.”

According to a source with knowledge of the situation, a decision on Chow may have been reached as early as late last week, but Chow apparently was not notified until Tuesday when he was back in his off-season home of Los Angeles, where his wife still lives.

Chow, 61, was hired in part because the Titans were nearing the end of Steve McNair’s run when he came on board in 2005, and were set to draft a young quarterback to take his place. Tennessee then took Vince Young with the third overall pick in 2006.

Chow had groomed such standout quarterbacks as Steve Young, Jim McMahon, Carson Palmer and Philip Rivers in 30-plus seasons on the college level, but rumors of a rift that had developed between Chow and Young continued throughout the 2007 season.

Young had won NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2006, but regressed in 2007, throwing just nine touchdowns and 17 interceptions in the regular season.

Tennessee’s red zone offense efficiency was last in the NFL this past season and the team’s nine touchdown passes was also the lowest figure for any team in the NFL.

Running backs coach Sherman Smith, who is also an assistant head coach, was sorry to see Chow leave.

“It was a great pleasure to work with Norm to see why he was successful in college ranks,” Smith said. “He was definitely very innovative. The thing I loved about him was that he relied on his assistant coaches' input. He respected your opinion, and I think he was a great guy to work for.”

Among the candidates potentially on the Titans radar are quarterbacks coach Craig Johnson, with whom Young has a strong relationship, as well as offensive line coach Mike Munchak.

Another potential candidate is former Titans offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger, who is back in Denver as an assistant after leaving Tennessee to become the New York Jets offensive coordinator.

Whoever the next offensive coordinator is, it will be his charge to help mold Young into a standout quarterback.

“We need to bring someone in that can help our quarterback develop. Who can help Vince Young become all that we want him to become and all he wants him to become,” Smith said.

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By: junebugfan on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Simply the latest scapegoat for Fisher's inept system's inherent failures. Bring on the next puppet.

By: Rocket99 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Yep. Chow was the scapegoat. My understanding is Fisher had Chow pretty much hamstrung as far as what he'd let him do.

By: junebugfan on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Just like Heimerdinger. Just like Stekel. Puppets. This news kind of invalidates the old argument that Fisher/Chow's system was just being "dumbed down" because of Vince' relative inexperience. If that were the case, why would you fire the guy if he had so much more in his arsenal that he just wasn't able to utilize yet? Scapegoat. God forbid Fisher should EVER take the blame for of this teams problems.

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Not a bad move considering our offense went backwards. Some of you would blame Fisher no matter what. He is trying to improve while you still complain.

By: junebugfan on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Some of you would NEVER blame the HEAD COACH no matter what. Show some improvement in redzone scoring over an 11 year period and you'd see less complaining. All I'm seeing is the annual proverbial passing of the buck.

By: Rocket99 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

This happens in all of the teams at some point. Just our turn now. Be glad we're not Miami.

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

If Fisher was on the market, he would have the pick of over half the teams in the league and at his price, and if you don't believe that, then you are in denial.

By: tv8527 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Then put fisher on the market. Give me Bill Cower any day. At least he doesn't get a lead then go to the prevent defense & blow it. All the prevent does is prevent us from winning.

By: junebugfan on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Couldn't have said it better myself,tv8527.

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Denial, Fisher is one of the top coaches in the league, you are very much in the minority on this one. Most REAL Titan fans know that.

By: frank brown on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Jeff Fisher may not be the best coach in the NFL. He is the best coach that the Tennessee Titans will ever have. He loves Nashville and the people that I pal around with love Jeff Fisher. I can not imagine how this city would relate to an Andy Reid or a Wade Phillips or a Norv Turner. I am very glad Fisher is our coach. He took a calculated risk on Chow. It did not work out because Bud Adams has his money on Young. Bud Adams is not going to give up on Young until he gets a second opinion. Norm Chow was the first.

By: Cowboy84 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

I think Chow lasted about the average for an OC under Fisher, about 3 seasons. I watched the local sock puppets and they were all "shocked" that Chow got fired. Why? VY didn't develop much under Chow which was supposed to be one of his strengths. Also remember how happy Chow was that McNair was gone and he could work with someone not set in their habits, he could work with a young QB. The only way for the Titans to go is with a proven NFL coach, either an OC or another offensive position coach, not someone from college, they can't get it done in the pros.