The fate of Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak was very much in doubt after the Titans ended the season with a 7-9 record and the club dragged its feet on whether to keep the Hall of Fame lineman as their coach for a fourth season or to let him go with one more year remaining on his contract.
Today the Titans confirmed that Munchak will not return for the final year of his contract.
Mike Munchak fired. ,per league sources
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Tennessee allowed a franchise record for points allowed in a season in 2012 when the team finished 6-10 and has had a losing record in two of his three seasons in Tennessee.
“I don’t think we are that far off,” Munchak said prior to his dismissal. “I think you saw that in the way we played this year. I don’t think you saw a team that last year we had a hard time hanging in games. This year, we were right there. We just got to find, get a few closures. We just need to find a few more guys to help us close out games and we’ll be in great shape.” [USA TODAY Sports]
Tennessee will have a number of questions to address close out the games Munchak is alluding to, including whether or not Jake Locker is the answer at quarterback and if the team brings back Chris Johnson.
Munchak had previously been mentioned as a possible candidate for the opening at his alma mater Penn State, but that has since gone to Al Golden.