Titans Fire Offensive Coordinator Norm Chow
Norm Chow at USC practice 2003

Posted Jan 16, 2008


The Titans fired Norm Chow yesterday after 3 seasons with the team. Jeff Fisher called Chow, who was traveling in California, to inform him of the decision. Chow said he was surprised by the firing because he was never given the impression that he needed to change the way he did things.

The biggest indictment on Chow was the poor play of Vince Young this past season. It was obvious that the relationship between Chow and Young was strained when Andrea Kramer revealed on NBC's Sunday Night Football that Chow had said Vince has a tendency to pout. It is not clear how much that had to do with his firing, but it is safe to say that if he did not get along with Young the odds of keeping his job were not good.

Most people are speculating that the Titans will turn to a familiar face, Mike Heimerdinger, to fill the open position. Heimerdinger is currently the offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos. He does not have the ulimate play calling authority in Denver, but he would if he were to rejoin the Titans. The Titans will probably also interview offensive line coach Mike Munchak and quarterbacks coach Craig Johnson.

This hire is very important for the Titans because it will be the guy that helps make or break the career of Vince Young. It is important that they hire a guy that will tailor the offense to Young's strengths, something Chow seemed unwilling to do. Heimerdinger had a lot of success during his tenure with Steve McNair. The Titans were in the top 10 in total offense twice during Heimerdinger's four years here.


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