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Mike Munchak gets to stay in Tennessee

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While several of his hot-seat brethren are already out of work today, Titans coach Mike Munchak just found out he gets to keep his chair.

Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports that Titans owner Bud Adams has told Munchak he’s safe for next year.

Of course, Munchak will need to get a quarterback healthy and then make him better if he’s going to hang onto that job more than next year.

Munchak’s longtime ties to Adams from his days as an Oilers offensive lineman and assistant coach helped. With a 15-17 record, he probably won’t have many more chances to turn things around.

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15 Responses to “Mike Munchak gets to stay in Tennessee”
  1. ajtexans says: Dec 31, 2012 12:07 PM

    Great news for the rest of the AFC South.

  2. steelernationisthepinnacleofexistenceyouarenothing says: Dec 31, 2012 12:18 PM

    Dumb non-move. This guy needs to go back to coaching the o-line.

  3. Juan says: Dec 31, 2012 12:33 PM

    I guess Bud is OK with sub-mediocrity. Munchak has no business ever being a HC.

  4. lionsplayoffs says: Dec 31, 2012 12:41 PM

    This is a team that could end up being good. I could be crazy, but Locker has potential. They just need more defense.

  5. anonymouslyanonymouscommentor says: Dec 31, 2012 12:57 PM

    Munchak and Locker will be done in Tennessee after next year.

  6. ancylostoma says: Dec 31, 2012 1:19 PM

    Greats news!! (colts fan)

  7. 1oldpro says: Dec 31, 2012 1:20 PM

    Contract must not be up yet. “Bottom line Bud” is what we used to call him, among other things.

  8. blacknole08 says: Dec 31, 2012 1:30 PM

    I would have been shocked if they fired Munchak after two years.

    They won 9 games last season and almost made the playoffs, and were hit with injuries everywhere — especially the O-line, which hampered Locker’s development.

    This could be a good team down the road, but they need some O-Line help and more playmakers on defense.

  9. turboreattore says: Dec 31, 2012 1:36 PM

    Titans will be 1-15 in 2013

  10. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 31, 2012 1:46 PM

    Who would have thought that two HOF offensive lineman would create such a poor O Line.

    This move along with the inevitable departure of MJD from Jax sets up a multi year battle for the division between Indy and Houston.

  11. tennesseeoilers says: Dec 31, 2012 1:47 PM

    Lionsplayoffs, you’re more perceptive than most Titans fans are actually. Jake Locker does indeed have a ton of potential. In fact, while his toughness is often compared to Steve McNair’s, the start of his pro career is actually very similar to the NFL MVP’s. If you look at their first year as starting quarterbacks, in fact, Locker actually had a higher passer rating, completion percentage, and yards-per-attempt than McNair did. Locker has only just begun.

  12. jasons81 says: Dec 31, 2012 2:01 PM

    It makes sense to keep him… with all the other coaching positions open there’s no way we would land anybody any better. And let’s face it, there’s not much here to work with… we couldn’t compete with a lot if those teams out there when it comes to landing a coach. I think it’s the right call, wait til next year then reevaluate.

  13. gatorsandsteelerssuckbigblackclocks says: Dec 31, 2012 2:42 PM

    I imagine the titan fans who are happy he gets another year, are/were the same geniuses that wanted to give Dooley another year. Yes he had a winning record last year. He also lost to the then one-win colts which directly kept us out of the playoffs. That can’t be forgiven. Titans you are terrible, a bore to watch, and I’m beyond annoyed you’re my hometown team.

  14. baseballstars says: Dec 31, 2012 5:52 PM

    Moves (and in this case, non-moves) like this make it so hard to be a Titans fan. It’s not Munch’s fault that he’s not cut out to be a head coach. He’s a pretty good O-line coach, but the decision to replace Fisher in-house was a very poor decision. Plus, it was complicated because it made so late in the offseason. The team has regressed in almost every facet this season, and we haven’t even been competitive against good opponents.

    Times like these test the patience of Titans fans. Munchak bought himself another year by blaming his inability on the Titans pursuit of Peyton Manning in the offseason. It was a convenient red herring. Now, we have a lame duck coaching session and a team in reverse.

    Horrible decision, Bud.

  15. baseballstars says: Dec 31, 2012 5:56 PM

    Oh, and you guys are crazy if you think the Titans are devoid of playmakers. On offense, we have Locker, CJ, Britt, Wright, Washington, and Cook. On defense, plenty of young playmakers who have simply been mismanaged.

    Munchak refuses to adjust. He just isn’t cut out to be a coach. The individual parts of this team are greatly higher than the sum product. That’s on the coaching staff.

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