"I have a great deal of respect for Chris Palmer as a coach and that was the reason we brought him here. I appreciate the time and effort he put in here and I want to wish him and his family the best moving forward," head coach Mike Munchak said in a statement.
"As an offense I didnât feel like we were progressing the way that I had hoped. 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."
It's hard not to see Titans owner Bud Adams' imprint here. Adams sounded off about possible changes after the Titans' last embarrassing loss to the Chicago Bears in Week 9, and now they make a move a day after a 24-19 loss to the one-win Jacksonville Jaguars. It's also hard not to wonder if Munchak could be next.
Palmer was Munchak's choice for offensive coordinator despite a poor track record with the Cleveland Browns and Houston Texans at the NFL level. The offense has been mediocre since Munchak arrived; the defense this season is considerably worse for the 4-7 Titans.