After an initial report that he would remain the club’s head coach in 2014, the Tennessee Titans have officially fired Mike Munchak after three seasons. The longtime Oilers/Titans player and coach has finally been removed from the franchise he’s called home for the past three decades, but was that a smart move by the organization? Sure, the Titans finished below .500 in each of the past two seasons, but both of those campaigns were endured without a healthy Jake Locker and without a consistent Chris Johnson.
The Titans were worlds better with Locker under center and the young signal-caller got better each and every game, despite playing so few due to injury. Had he been healthy the whole season, Tennessee would have undoubtedly made the playoffs in 2013, and that’s certainly not Munchak’s fault.
Now in Johnson’s case, don’t blame Munchak. Vince Lombardi couldn’t motivate this clown to run hard each and every game — he’s simply a waste of God-given talent because he doesn’t have the brains or the willpower to use his skill set to be one of the league’s best players each and every Sunday.
If he had a healthy Locker, any decent receiver besides Kendall Wright and a running back who gave 100% effort at least half the time, Munchak would have taken the Titans to the postseason this year without question. Sure, Tennessee wants a new quarterback in 2014 and possibly a new running back, according to some rumors, so why not give Munchak a chance to show what he can do with those new weapons? Titans fans should hope Bud Adams and Ruston Webster have a good plan because this doesn’t look good early.