NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger and two other assistants have been fired by new coach Mike Munchak, the team said Tuesday.
Heimerdinger, who was diagnosed with cancer in November, had interviewed for the head coaching job that went to former Titans offensive line coach Munchak on Monday.
"This wasn't about his health - he is feeling good - it is a change of direction for us," Munchak, who replaced Jeff Fisher, said in a statement.
Heimerdinger, 58, had served as Tennessee's offensive coordinator for the past three seasons in his second stint with the Titans. He held the same position from 2000-04.
He had signed a one-year extension, which Titans senior executive vice president Steve Underwood said the team would honor.
Assistants Rayna Stewart and Richie Wessman also were released.
(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina. Editing by Steve Ginsburg)