Mike Munchak was fired by Titans because he refused to fire assistants

January 6, 2014 – 1:50 pm by Ryan Phillips

Mike Munchak

The Tennessee Titans fired head coach Mike Munchak last week after several lackluster seasons. But the team’s performance on the field wasn’t the only factor in Munchak’s dismissal. According to reports, the 53-year-old coach refused to reshuffle his coaching staff and make substantive changes, so the franchise cut him loose.

Munchak was reportedly offered the chance to return to the Titans with a contract extension, but the team’s brass wanted an entirely new set of coaches working with him. That means he would have had to fire his close friends offensive line coach Bruce Matthews and linebackers coach Chet Parlavecchio.

But it wouldn’t have stopped there. Munchak also would have had to dismiss offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains defensive coordinator Jerry Gray. It’s clear that the Titans really liked Munchak but thought he had surrounded himself with the wrong people.

Munchak had the following to say about the situation:

“I can’t fire someone when I don’t believe they should be fired. Firing someone is awful. Too many people were going to be affected.”

While we admire Munchak for sticking by his staff, there is something to be said for rethinking the coaches you employ when your team is not successful. Sometimes new voices can improve a team’s results.

In three seasons under Munchak the Titans failed to reach the postseason. In his first year in 2011, the team went 9-7, before falling to 6-10 in 2012, then going 7-9 this season.

Munchak is a former 10-time All-Pro as an offensive lineman and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001. He also has No. 63 jersey retired by the Titans franchise after spending his entire playing career as a member of the Houston Oilers (who moved to Tennessee after the 1996 season).

Munchak has never worked for another franchise, as he caught on as an assistant with the Oilers in 1994, the became the offensive line coach for the team in Tennessee from 1997 to 2010, before getting the head coaching job in 2011.

The Penn State alum is set to meet with his alma mater about its vacant head coaching position on Monday.

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  1. 3 Responses to “Mike Munchak was fired by Titans because he refused to fire assistants”

  2. So, instead of firing a couple people he got everyone fired. Logic? None.

    By Mike Steen on Jan 6, 2014

  3. Loyality, misplaced or not, seems to be in short supply in our country and especially in the NFL. I salute Mr Munchak for staying true to his principles. I would certainly want him next to me in a foxhole!!!

    By Pat Dore on Jan 7, 2014

  4. Munchak, like Matt Millen, is a good football player, but not a good judge of football talent — either players or coaches.

    The “theory of insanity” – doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. That’s Mike Munchak.

    I hope he doesn’t go to Penn State. He’ll bring the same sad set of coaches with him to PSU and they will likely have the same results. Also, since Munchak and his assistants have been in the pros for decades, they will be totally clueless re how to recruit 18 year old kids.

    By barrym823 on Jan 7, 2014

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