When Mike Munchak became the second head coach in Titans history, it was sensible to expect the rookie coach to try to retain as many members of the incumbent staff as possible. After all, Munchak has been on the same staff since the franchise moved from Houston, working extensively with all of Jeff Fisher’s old assistants.
Offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger was even passed up for the head coaching job in favor of Munchak, and still wants to stay on Munchak’s staff.
The feeling may not be mutual.
Munchak was asked specifically about Heimerdinger’s return at Monday’s introductory press conference, and was noncommittal. Keep in mind that the two have worked together for eight years.
“Right now, to me anything is open,” said Munchak. “To me, we’re starting fresh. It’s not the same old, same old. I think we come in, figure out what’s best for the Titans going forward, with what we have and just go from there.
Munchak also may be bailing on linebackers coach Dave McGinnis, at one point considered the obvious successor to Chuck Cecil as defensive coordinator. Munchak is targeting Jerry Gray to call the Titans’ defensive plays.
It’s fair to wonder if Munchak has already begun ruffling feathers in Nashville.
And he’s been on the job less than a day.