Titans General Manager Ruston Webster says the decision to fire head coach Mike Munchak came after a weeklong discussion about the direction of the franchise.
Webster released a statement saying he, Munchak and Titans President and CEO Tommy Smith all sat down over the past week to examine what the right steps were for the future of the franchise, and that it was ultimately decided that Munchak would have no future with the franchise.
“First I want to thank Mike Munchak for his professionalism through this process and thank him for his years of dedication to the Titans/Oilers organization,” Webster said. “He is first-class and I wish him and his family nothing but the best. I also want to praise Tommy Smith for his involvement during the weeklong process. He was thorough and thoughtful. The last week has been a difficult time trying to navigate through many issues to find the best resolution for this franchise moving forward. Tough choices were presented to all sides and the end result was to part ways and move forward without Mike.”
There’s no word on what those tough choices were, but it’s been widely reported that Munchak was going to have to make significant changes to his coaching staff if he wanted to keep his job. His firing suggests that he declined to make the changes that Webster and Smith wanted him to make.
Webster said he will now begin looking for Munchak’s replacement.
“We will immediately begin a search for a new head coach,” Webster said. “I am confident that we will find a coach that can continue our growth as a team and lead us to sustained success.”
Munchak went 9-7, 6-10 and 7-9 in his three seasons as head coach. The Titans have now missed the playoffs five consecutive years.