When the NFL Coaching Carousel began its yearly spin many presumed that Tennessee Titans Head Coach Mike Munchak would be on his way out after wrapping up a disappointing 6-10 campaign. Not too long ago the Titans were a perennial playoff contender but the end of the Jeff Fisher era in 2009 led to this once proud franchise struggling to excite a fan base who viewed three consecutive losing seasons as unacceptable.
Due to an impatient fan base and aging intolerant owner in Bud Adams who’s grown tired of losing, Munchak will certainly start his 2013 campaign on the hot seat. After barely surviving the coaching chopping block Munchak moved quickly by replacing his assistants with proven veterans who must produce immediately, there will be no room for error. The sales pitch that Munchak made must have been impressive since he was able to fill up his vacancies with offers from coaches with more job security still being available.
The road to redemption for the Titans begins now with two college All-Star games already in the books and with the Senior Bowl on the horizon, the state of the franchise will be left in the hands of scouts and talent evaluators. The Titans got significant contributions from all of their 2012 draft selections, which speaks volumes about the Titan’s ability to find diamonds in the rough. Armed with six draft selections, the direction of the franchise will be determined by the first player that they chose with the tenth selection in the first round. The Titans will also resort to free agency using their $28 million in cap space to fill their needs with proven veterans instead of relying solely on the NFL Draft. The Titans ended the regular season with a win, and they intend to carry that momentum into offseason workouts and build optimism toward a promising 2013 season.