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Titans fire coach who designed “Music City Miracle”


Shuffling position coaches is a rite of January, with many of the guys coming and going never registering with the general public.

But the guy the Titans fired Friday, special teams coach Alan Lowry, drew up one of the most famous plays in NFL playoff history.

Lowry spent 17 years with the Titans, but will be best remembered for the “Music City Miracle,” the game-winning kickoff return in a 1999 wild-card game against Buffalo. The last 75 yards of the play were gained by wide receiver Kevin Dyson after Lorenzo Neal tossed it to Frank Wychek, who caught the Bills off guard by flinging it across the field.

Jim Wyatt of the Tennesseean confirmed the news with Lowry, who said head coach Mike Munchak told him he wanted to go in a different direction.

“It’s been a great run for me. I’ve enjoyed my time with the Titans,’’ Lowry said. “To me, it wasn’t about production on the field.”

Lowry’s the fourth Titans assistant offered up this offseason, along with running backs coach Jim Skipper, tight ends coach John Zernhelt, and linebackers coach Frank Bush.

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  1. northshorejag says: Jan 11, 2013 7:46 PM

    Had that play failed, my Jags may have been Super and TC may have never gone to the Giants or Eli or two rings

  2. jkross13 says: Jan 11, 2013 7:47 PM

    ARE YOU BLOODY KIDDING ME??!?! I guess Munchak fired Lowry because he outperformed and out coached him. This firing makes ZERO sense. If D-Cord Jerry Gray can give up almost 30pts a game and break the franchise record in worse defense and keep his job it just shows this organization is one of the worse in the league. And this is coming from a Titans fan. Munchak needs to go.

  3. adrock37075 says: Jan 11, 2013 7:51 PM

    This really sucks … Titans special teams was one of the few bright spots this year for the team.

    Probably did Coach Lowry a favor … whole staff will be replaced next year after Munchak is fired.

  4. f00sballfan says: Jan 11, 2013 7:54 PM

    The Tennessee Titans are the trailer park team of the NFL. I’m thinking they do all of their hiring and firing in the back of a Walmart parking lot.

  5. blackngold4life says: Jan 11, 2013 7:54 PM

    Coaches are scapegoats for bad GM work..they put bad product on the field and expect coaches to work Miricles

  6. catquick says: Jan 11, 2013 7:56 PM

    It was a forward pass

  7. flipola says: Jan 11, 2013 7:57 PM

    Ridiculous. Special teams isn’t the problem. Under Lowry, we’ve had some pretty successful trick plays, great kickers, so on.

    Firing the LB coach, just as we’re forming the best LB corps we’ve had in years. It’s hard to stay behind the current administration as they make one illogical decision after another. At least when the new coaches flounder, Munchak will finally be out. Hopefully he doesn’t do irreparable damage in the meantime.

    And for god’s sake, draft Chance Warmack.

  8. nygdriveforfive says: Jan 11, 2013 8:01 PM

    I remember watching that game in a bar in Chicago. The place went crazy, with half the half the bar wondering if the play was legal and whether or not it would stand. Man the Bills are cursed.

  9. bert1913 says: Jan 11, 2013 8:07 PM

    I predict the Titans will fire their QB coach before the end of next year when Jake Locker’s accuracy doesn’t improve.

  10. driftw00d says: Jan 11, 2013 8:28 PM

    Maybe he was fired because the special teams basically won the final game vs. the Jaguars thus knocking the Titans down the draft order.
    But seriously, this team is doomed as long as Jerry Gray is a part of it.

  11. oilers1974 says: Jan 11, 2013 8:42 PM


  12. Deb says: Jan 11, 2013 8:51 PM

    That play was karma for Wade Phillips benching Doug Flutie … and it was beautiful!

  13. coryfor3 says: Jan 11, 2013 8:58 PM

    Well all the problems in Tennessee have been addressed. I guess that pesky successful special teams coach was holding them back.

  14. vargavarga says: Jan 11, 2013 9:00 PM

    Good, they finally axed this bum. Now they’re ready to become contenders.

  15. markpfs says: Jan 11, 2013 9:16 PM

    it just so happens that the Bills are in need of a ST coach. wouldn’t that be cool!

  16. pinion8ted says: Jan 11, 2013 9:40 PM

    It’s been a great run for me. I’ve enjoyed my time with the Titans,’’ Lowry said. “To me, it wasn’t about production on the field.”
    Yeah, um, maybe that was part of the Titan’s problems????

  17. dcommish says: Jan 11, 2013 9:54 PM


  18. keepyerstickontheice says: Jan 11, 2013 10:28 PM

    The last 75 yards of the play were gained by wide receiver Kevin Dyson after Lorenzo Neal tossed it to Frank Wychek, who caught the Bills off guard by flinging it across the field.*

    * “flinging it across the field” is a journalistic euphemism for “forward pass”, in this case an illegal play that would have nullified the touchdown.

  19. u2krazie says: Jan 11, 2013 11:07 PM

    Dang it .. No wonder they lose, the special team coach is calling the defense/offensive plays…

    What did we just talked about? I can’t hear you. Speak louder.

    From My 94yr old grandpa…

  20. drbandkgb says: Jan 11, 2013 11:38 PM

    Im glad we kept our head coach.. I was worried for a few minutes he would do something crazy like fire all the good coaches…
    Allen should be the head coach vs our current one..

    Thanks Bud.. your now under the Bengals as all time worst owner…

  21. rollteal says: Jan 11, 2013 11:57 PM

    It would only be ironic if he came to Jacksonville with the next coaching staff.

  22. anarchopurplism says: Jan 12, 2013 12:06 AM

    It was not a forward pass

    Awesome to play

  23. razzlejag says: Jan 12, 2013 1:48 AM

    Mr. Lowry- you are welcome to join us in Jacksonville where we are rebuilding our coaching staff and team. We’ll even throw in a trip to London.

  24. orivar says: Jan 12, 2013 3:54 AM

    Wait so you fire the guy who had a seventeen year tenure with the team..for a reason.

    They fired the guy that’s been the one continuous bright spot on the team.

    Oh titans..

  25. orivar says: Jan 12, 2013 4:22 AM

    He is the one bright spot. I’m looking at it right now The team is ranked #3 in total yards in kick returns. 7 in punting. And 20 in FGs which would look bad until you see that the team is ranked 31st when it comes to downs. 38.2% rate when it comes to 3rd downs and 1st downs doesn’t look that great which means they weren’t moving the chains. Etc. etc.

    They’re basically below average in over all totals (not including single stats like sacks) besides special teams so they fire the special teams coach. Really?

  26. bobzilla1001 says: Jan 12, 2013 5:50 AM

    Some NFL franchises are destined to never win anything of any importance…

  27. dbarnes79 says: Jan 12, 2013 1:47 PM

    I’m sorry but Jerry Gray has got to go. The defence is better then they played and that falls on him. Over 30 pts per game avg. Come On Man!!

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