The former big-league outfielder said Narron told him the Reds' offensive slump over the final six weeks - and possible factors behind it - played a large part in the decision.
"He wasn't happy with the fact that players didn't make good adjustments in the second half, especially down the stretch," said Chambliss, who added that he heard no such concerns prior to his firing.
"If they thought something else should have been said to them, it wasn't relayed to me," he said. "I worked with the guys, I talked to them in the cages every day. I don't know what's going on, I really don't, as far as that's concerned."
The Reds' offense did go into a collective tailspin after the All-Star break, when the numbers dropped off across the board. It culminated in a stretch during August and September that saw Cincinnati grapple to score any runs. Through the final day of August, the Reds had averaged 4.91 runs per game. Over the last 28 games of the season, though, Cincinnati managed just 3.25 runs per game.
It must be noted that the Reds played the entire second half without a quarter of their usual starting eight from the first half, as Austin Kearns and Felipe Lopez were traded to Washington on July 13. But the production of almost every player that remained dwindled to miserable levels late in the year.
Aside from Rich Aurilia, who hit .344 with 17 RBIs in 90 at-bats from Sept. 1 on, it seemed every Reds hitter disappeared in the final month. Only two other players managed more than five RBIs the rest of the way - David Ross with nine and Brandon Phillips with eight.
Of course, Phillips (.149) and Ross (.179) also were a significant part of the problem down the stretch. Add their woes at the plate to Adam Dunn's .161 average, Scott Hatteberg's .206 and Edwin Encarnacion's .205 and it's easy to see why the Reds couldn't score.
The ax had to fall somewhere, and Chambliss got it - even if, as one of his closest pupils said, he didn't necessarily deserve it.
"I love the guy," Dunn said Wednesday. "But you can't fire all of us. We're the ones who should be accountable, but we're not the guys who can get fired. I mean, we can, but it's just bad, because if we'd played good, he's still got his job."
"With Chris, it's like telling somebody in your family that you're going to replace them," Narron said. "The guy worked hard, he's a true professional. I've known him since the mid-'70s and he's just an outstanding man of character who works extremely hard. We just really felt like, to get some guys to make some adjustments, we had to give them a little bit of a different direction, and that's what we're doing."