Mike Munchak’s future with the Titans remains unclear


Six NFL teams have fired their head coaches, and two of those six teams have already hired their new coaches. And then there are the Titans.

Tennessee still hasn’t said whether coach Mike Munchak will be back for the 2014 season, and as discussions continue within the front office, Munchak could go either way, according to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean.

Titans President and CEO Tommy Smith apparently needs to be sold on Munchak’s vision for the team. Smith did not hire Munchak, and now that Smith has taken over for his late father-in-law, Bud Adams, Munchak has to persuade Smith that he’s the right man for the job.

Most teams make their head-coaching decisions immediately following the season, but the Titans aren’t like most teams. Munchak knew that when he took the job: His predecessor, Jeff Fisher, spent four weeks in limbo after the 2010 season before eventually departing, and Munchak wasn’t hired until February 7, 2011.

The Titans situation probably won’t drag into February, but it hasn’t been resolved yet.

9 responses to “Mike Munchak’s future with the Titans remains unclear

  1. If memory serves Munchak has never even been a coordinator. He went from OL coach to head coach. His record is 4 games under .500 and the trends are not good.

    This is a team mired in mediocrity with no signposts of success on the horizon which mitigates in favor of change. Transformational change should be in the offing. This should include new coaches for new directions.

  2. Munchak deserves one last crack at it. He’s been a good soldier in Tennessee forever and has everyone forgotten how great the Titans looked before Jake Locker’s injury? He was having a breakout season and they would made the playoffs for sure if he hadn’t gotten hurt.

  3. If I recall correctly, Mike has made overtures toward Penn State. State claims they want to proceed in a rapid fashion. A BIG — if that’s true –, would require much haste in the aforementioned proceedings……. or maybe not….

  4. He had Chis Palmer as O-coordinate for the first bit. Whoever hired him should get fired.

    Titans have no running game due to CJ. Cut him. Guy gets paid barrels and can’t break a tackle.

    Locker was hurt again and Fitz was poor the first few games.

    I poll the players and go the way they want to go since I’m not sold on Munchuk but he hasn’t been given many cards to play with. I give him another go but not by much.

  5. 7-9 record with Ryan Fitzpatrick the majority of the year. A real QB and guy who has Britts talent without the headcase factor and they would have easily been the last wild card team, playing in that joke division of theirs. Let him stay. Full year with a healthy Locker and they will be a contender.

  6. The longer they drag it out the more it feels like he’s getting 1 more year. If you’re going to fire someone typically you don’t drag it out like this. Personally, I would like to move in a new direction. The franchise has had the same “vision” for some time & it just hasn’t gotten them anywhere. With the way the league is now I’d like to see an offensive minded coach come in that really knows how to develop a young QB, whether that’s Locker or someone else. That said, I wouldn’t be all that upset to see him get 1 more year. The players play hard for him & the above commenter is correct, they looked really good before Locker’s first injury.

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