Bud Adams puts entire Titans organization on notice


The Titans won nine of 16 games in 2011.  Through nine games in 2012, they’ve already lost six.

Their most recent loss was the ugliest, a 51-20 Music City shellacking at the hands of the Bears.

Owner Bud Adams isn’t happy.  After the game, he gave the organization the verbal equivalent of a double-barreled middle finger.

“In my 50 years of owning an NFL franchise, I am at a loss to recall a regular season home game that was such a disappointment for myself, and fans of the Titans,’’ Adams told Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean.  “We were grossly outcoached and outplayed from start to finish today.

“At this time, all aspects of the organization will be closely evaluated, including front office, coaches and players over the next seven games. If performance and competitiveness does not improve, I will look at all alternatives to get back to having the Titans become a playoff and championship football team.”

That’s not good for anyone in the organization, especially coach Mike Munchak, G.M. Ruston Webster, and team president Mike Reinfeldt.

Munchak seems to realize that his seat is suddenly hot.

“If a team underperforms, I’m the first guy you should look at for that, not anybody else, not assistant coaches, it starts with me,” Munchak said. “If we don’t finish this season the way it should, then what needs to happen will happen. Sure it starts with me, I’m the head coach. . . .

“We’re getting ahead of ourselves here — we’ve got seven games to play, so we’ll worry about what it means when we see how we finish up. We didn’t coach well, we didn’t play well and obviously we got beat by a very good football team today.”

Adams turns 90 on January 3.  Which could make him more antsy to make changes once the season ends on December 30.  As Munchak said, seven games remain.  But if the Titans play like they played on Sunday, they won’t be winning many (or any) more.

44 responses to “Bud Adams puts entire Titans organization on notice

  1. Funny, he’s sounding a lot like Al Davis did in his later years… and Al Davis had ground to stand on when he claimed to know what he was talking about. Go for it Bud Adams! Eject all the talent on your roster not performing to your standards so that the other teams in the league can pickup free agents ad bargain prices and use them to dominate your rebuilt team for years to come! And get rid of those coaches as well so they can go coach a team worthy of their efforts. Keep this kind of impatience up and you will find many more years of the same to come! Hopefully you’ll give it up before you die and maybe let some GM and coach have the space to bring you success in your lifetime.

  2. In some businesses you have to hope for someone to die to get the job you want. Here it looks like the upper echelon guys will be hoping for someone to die so they can hold the jobs they have.

  3. This is precisely why you dont waste a rookie season for a QB. Munchak has painted himself into a corner to the extent that Jake Locker, whom he sat all season long even when Hasselbeck struggled, has to play great ball down the stretch and save his job. You dont sit a young QB unless you are an established head coach. You dont have the time to sit and give the guy 2 or 3 years to watch unless there is a Pro Bowler ahead of him.

  4. Sometimes a team gets into a funk and the only solution is to clean out the front office. After 15 years of Fisher I’d imagine there are a lot of complacent folks sitting in cubicles.

    Note: I like Fisher as a coach, but in a job as intense as the NFL folks probably lose their edge after 10 years or so.

  5. Seems like PFT’s favorite thing to do lately is to play an owner’s age into his decision making. As far as I can tell…no owner enjoys losing, whether they are 40 or 90.

  6. Don’t worry….you still have the Jags to play…and we are the most pathetic team in the league.
    Bud – trust me – your team will look like Super Bowl contenders when you play us.

  7. msclemons67 says:Nov 5, 2012 1:21 AM

    Sometimes a team gets into a funk and the only solution is to clean out the front office. After 15 years of Fisher I’d imagine there are a lot of complacent folks sitting in cubicles.

    Note: I like Fisher as a coach, but in a job as intense as the NFL folks probably lose their edge after 10 years or so.

    I would suggest the opposite actually. Bud Adams has always struck me as impulsive-sometimes it works out but more than often it does not. Fisher on the other hand in most cases looks to be calm, cool, and collected. Kind of a balance there between the owner and the coach.

    Letting Fisher go and then just bringing in Munchak was kind of a “meh” kind of move and didn’t exactly fire up the fanbase.

    One thing is for certain though, unless Tennessee finds a way to keep Jake Locker healthy for more than a half, they could be looking at having to reboot at the QB position soon. If I remember correctly Hasselbacks deal was only a two year contract and I have not seen anything out of Locker yet that proves he is the long term solution.

  8. PS – we desperately need our owner to do the same thing – only the evaluations have already been done – almost EVERYONE needs to go…GM,coaching staff, and most of the players.

  9. You got rid of Jeff Fischer who had been doing a pretty darn good job keeping the Titans relevant for quite awhile, despite a lack of appreciable talent. You reap what you sow.

  10. If this was one week earlier, Titans would have been the perfect team to steal a 1st round pick from in exchange for a 30 year old former Pro Bowler. Call it the Al Davis Memorial Fleecing of a
    Demented and Desperate Nonogenarian.

  11. Anytime anyone gets accused of being outcoached by Lovie Smith, it must have been pretty ugly.

    Lovie may be a good guy, but he is not known as the reincarnation of Vince Lombardi by any means.

  12. @ Jesse James 182 – when Bud Adams had the teams the Oilers in Houston, the city was uncooperative at the time with assisting Bud Adams in getting a new stadium from the old Astro dome, there were few options available when the lease was up for the Astro dome, so Mr. Adams chose to move the team to Nashville, as that city was willing to build a state of the art facility. The Houston Texans came a long later, and the city of Houston without a team was more willing then to build a new stadium. The Houston Texans have been losers every year until the past 2 years, when former Houston Oilers coach Bum Phillips’ son Wade Philips came along as defensive coordinator, helping the team finally have a winning record, but the jury is still out on how this years version of the Houston Texans’ finishes the year.

    The Tennessee Titans will overhaul their coaching staff after this year, as their inexperienced head coach Munchak, old time O-coordinator Palmer who came from the UFL Hartford Colonials and their inexperienced defensive coordinator Jerry Gray all have to go. The players technique is lacking on the Titans and when they play physical teams they get run over because the Titans are too finesse.

  13. I’m calling BS….the coaching staff had obvious flaws heading into the season. Jerry Gray is not calling a sufficient gameplan…Palmers offense isn’t consistent at all. And most of all…Munchies ..you have no emotion, no fire, players probably don’t respect you. Bud is the cause. He’s too cheap…we let all our talent go each year that are leaders. Bulluck, KVB, hell even Courtland. This is a rant from a pissed off Titans fan. Gruden for Nashville. Plz.

  14. Owning an NFL Franchise; 100 million dollars
    Hiring a new Head Coach; 5 million dollars
    Having skin whiter than your teeth; Priceless

  15. This team is a product of poor drafting and even poorer player development. I would keep Munchak, but put him back as a o-line coach, where he would excel once more.

  16. Ironic, but predictable. A meddling owner who hasn’t one a damn thing in his, “….50 years owning an NFL franchise…”, yet seems incapable of identifying that maybe he’s the main problem.

  17. If the organization had not spent so much time and effort courting Payton Manning in the preseason and instead used that time to fill weak spots things in Nashville might be looking better.

  18. Really bud? This coming from a guy that forced his gm to draft vince young?!?! Shouldnt that have been the worse day of your ownership and for the fans? You set your own franchise back years bc of that. So i believe thats more embarrassing then getting whipped by a really good team

  19. As a Titans fan it’s nice to see him come out and acknowledge how bad this FO has been. Nothing against Munchak, nice guy, but just isn’t getting it done. His worst decisions have been in selecting assistants and somehow letting the o-line (which was his entire life’s work) go so bad, so fast.

    Will be interesting to see what happens. Hasselbeck is probably the best chance to win games now and save his keester, but Locker needs to play as well. If Reinfeldt and the GM go, HC/OC/DC & QB likely follow.

  20. People time to stop blaming Vince Young for the Titans problems, that team couldn’t get it done with Air McNair. If they would have drafted Matt Leniart and the results would have been the same. The problem was the coaching not the players. Jeff Fisher is doing the same thing with the Rams. Now, I’m hearing Sam Bradford is soft, please if Jim Harbough can turn Alex Smith around into a winning quarterback with only one year coaching in the NFL no excuses for Jeff Fisher. Bud Adams needs to open the pocket book hire an established winning coach, the problem would be solved.

  21. Crazy though he may seem, at least Bud acknowledges the problem. People that don’t watch the games are quick to jump to “wow, that defense totally sucks”. This team does have some great young talent, especially on defense. Griffin was a pro bowler, Casey and Klug at DT, Ayers, McCarthy, and Brown at LB. All with tremendous potential, they evidently just aren’t being coached right. Giving up 15+ yards every pass play is ridiculous.

  22. I believe in giving the coaches a chance but with the good ones its usually pretty clear if they are good or not. Munch is a class act but its clear he and most if not all of the coordinators are not going to get any better.

  23. If the Titans can’t put together a string of wins its time for Munchak, Gray and Palmer all to go.
    I didn’t like the hires to begin with. Munchak is a nice guy but he had never had head coaching experience let alone coordinator experience. He doesnt seem to make game time adjustments and worse, week to week adjustments.
    Gray’s defense is giving is giving up 34 points a game!! And he never makes adjusments, playing our secondary back, hardly blitzing, etc.
    Our offense is hardly better, ranking in the bottom 10 in pts per game and Yardage per game. Palmer was hired from the UFL & has tried to implement a complex offense that he refuses to adjust in light of our inept ball movement.

    If Adams wants to win he needs to dole out the cash to a legitimate winning coach.(And some good FA’s to boot, S, OL, to start) Having a great coach is a huge component to winning. And for all those Fisher admirers… he didnt win either. Coached 17 years and did not have a winning record 11 times!! If anything Fisher was a mediocre coach… he did have five 8-8 years.

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