NASHVILLE, Tenn. The Tennessee Titans fired offensive coordinator Norm Chow on Tuesday after a season of struggling to score points and reaching the playoffs for the first time since 2003.
Titans coach Jeff Fisher confirmed the dismissal in a short statement. Chow, who had been on staff for three years, did not immediately return a telephone message left by The Associated Press.
But Fisher said the day after his Titans (10-6) lost an AFC wild-card game to San Diego 17-6 that improving the offense was his top priority this offseason. They ranked 21st overall in total offense and became the first team with only nine touchdown passes to reach the playoffs in a 16-game season.
After a week of evaluating the team, Fisher told Chow he would not be retained as 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," Fisher said in the statement.
ESPN first reported the firing.
Fisher lured Chow from the same post at Southern California to the NFL in 2005 knowing they would need someone to develop a young quarterback after what turned out to be Steve McNair's final season with the franchise.
That has been Chow's specialty in more than 30 years of coaching in college where he worked with Carson Palmer, Philip Rivers, Jim McMahon and Steve Young.
CARTER, GREEN HALL OF FAME FINALISTS: Cris Carter and Darrell Green are finalists in balloting for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility.
Carter, a star wide receiver for the Eagles and Vikings, and Redskins cornerback Green are among 17 finalists who will be considered for election on Feb. 2, 2008, the day before the Super Bowl.
Carter spent 1987-89 with Philadelphia, then 1990-2001 with Minnesota before ending his career with a season as a Dolphin. In 2000, he became the second player in NFL history to catch 1,000 career passes, behind only Jerry Rice. He finished his career with 1,101 receptions, second on the all-time list; had 130 TD catches, also second; and gained 1,000 yards receiving in eight straight seasons. Carter was a member of the NFL's 1990s all-decade team.
Green spent all 20 of his seasons in Washington, tying a league record with one team, and played 295 games after being a first-round draft pick in 1983. He holds the NFL mark with at least one interception in 19 consecutive seasons and made 54 interceptions overall for 621 yards and six TDs.
HAWKINS CHARGED WITH DRUNKEN DRIVING: Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Brent Hawkins was arrested and charged with drunken driving after he was stopped for speeding on his way home from a night out.
The 24-year-old was arrested early Monday when deputies clocked him driving his 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe at 64 mph in a 45-mph zone, a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office report said.
WOMAN: JONES PUNCHED HER AT STRIP CLUB: A woman is seeking an arrest warrant against suspended Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones, claiming he punched her at an Atlanta strip club.
Fulton County Magistrate Court officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Wanda S. Jackson asked for the warrant after a Jan. 3 altercation at the Body Tap Strip Club.
Jackson, an attorney, says she was in the club's office when an angry Jones accused managers of stealing his money and bracelet.
MCFADDEN LEADS LIST OF PLAYERS LEAVING FOR NFL: Darren McFadden isn't sticking around for another run at the Heisman Trophy. The Arkansas All-American announced he'll skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft. McFadden was the Heisman runner-up in 2006 and 2007, so his decision to turn pro wasn't surprising.
Other players that going pro: Felix Jones, the Razorbacks' other talented tailback; California's receiver and punt returner DeSean Jackson and Oklahoma's Reggie Smith, who was a cornerback who also returns kicks for the Sooners.
SPARANO ARRIVES FOR 2ND TALK WITH MIAMI: A touchdown by the front-runner for the Miami Dolphins' head coaching job suggests he may be about to seal the deal. Dallas Cowboys assistant head coach Tony Sparano landed Tuesday evening in Fort Lauderdale aboard a jet belonging to Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga for a second interview with the team's new regime.
BENGALS HIRE ZIMMER AS COORDINATOR: Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer was hired Tuesday for the same role with the Cincinnati Bengals, who have been dragged down by their defense for years.
The 51-year-old Zimmer was available because of the Falcons' uncertainty over their next head coach. The Falcons hired Tom Dimitroff as general manager on Sunday, and are still looking for a head coach to replace Bobby Petrino, who quit after 13 games.