Mike Munchak has been with the Houston Oilers or Tennessee Titans for 30 years, including a Hall of Fame career as a player. However, that meant little as ESPN reported on Jan. 4 that the Tennessee Titans head coach was fired after three years as the coach of the team.
In his three seasons, Munchak led the team to a 22-26 record and never made the playoffs. This season, the Titans started out very impressively but fell apart when quarterback Jake Locker went down with a season ending injury. It made the $100 million in free agent contracts signed in the offseason mean very little.
Titans owner Bud Adams, who was Munchak's biggest supporter, died and general manager Ruston Webster said that he appreciated all that Munchak did for the Titans' organization but they felt it was best to move forward with a new head coach.
That head coach will have to figure out if Jake Locker is the future of the Titans' organization. Locker has never finished a season healthy but was really starting to play well before he was injured this year.
Another question will surround running back Chris Johnson. At one time considered the best running back in the NFL, Johnson has been nothing but a problem child since he signed his new contract, not playing up to his past abilities and seemingly quitting when the team needed him the most.
The Tennessee Titans now join a large list of teams in search of a head coach. The Houston Texans hired college coach Bill O'Brien while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hired Lovie Smith as their new head coach. Leslie Frazier will also join Tampa Bay as their defensive coordinator after the Minnesota Vikings fired him.