Boclair: Munchak expects owner to share blame for Titans' woes

Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 6:26pm

Mike Munchak is willing to accept his share of responsibility for the Tennessee Titans’ disappointing (to say the least) season.

Even after Sunday’s season-ending 38-20 victory over Jacksonville, the second-year coach made no effort to hide from the franchise’s fourth straight season without a playoff appearance. Even as he painted a rosy picture of the future, he readily acknowledged the fact that right now — and all the way to the start of training camp — this is a 6-10 team.

He also made it clear, though, he believes at least one other person had some role in what took place over the last 17 weeks. That person is owner Bud Adams, the very man to whom Munchak must defend himself sometime in the next couple days or weeks.

Munchak did not mention the franchise founder by name, but it did not take a team of linguistic experts to know whom he meant when he talked of opportunities — past and future — to improve the talent level of the team.

“This will be our first — really — offseason as far as free agency,” he said. “We didn’t have free agency my first year. There was a lockout, camp [started] and it was a different type of free agency. Last year, we know, we were spending some time trying to get a quarterback signed so we really didn’t do a lot last year.”

Lest anyone forget, Adams made no secret last March of the fact that he coveted free agent quarterback Peyton Manning and that he expected his team’s personnel executives to pursue the future Hall of Famer to the fullest.

Munchak, general manager Ruston Webster and chief operating officer Mike Reinfeldt dutifully followed orders — and nearly pulled it off. They put everything else on hold, pursued Manning with vigor in a face-to-face meeting at the team’s training facility and during a workout several days later in Knoxville.

The head coach, in particular, apparently did his part. Manning was quoted in a Sports Illustrated story after he signed with the Denver Broncos saying, "I wish I hadn't gotten so close to [Munchak].”

While the Titans’ pursuit of Manning ultimately cost nothing in terms of money available to sign other free agents, it did cost them time. And during their courtship of the quarterback others like defensive Mario Williams and several offensive linemen signed elsewhere.

Now we know that Munchak considered that time to be precious.

He’ll never say publicly which players he wanted but did not get, but his take hindsight perspective on the NFL’s most recent free agent period spoke volumes.

Even so, he wants more time in his current position. He expects to meet with Adams in the coming days — he said nothing has been scheduled at the moment — so that the two can discuss the current state and direction of the franchise.

It will not be an entirely pleasant process given that this year’s Titans set a record for most points allowed in a single season. Still, Munchak will have his say on what he thinks need to change and why he believes he ought to remain in his current role.

“I feel I’m the guy for the job,” Munchak said. “I feel like we’re going to get this thing going. … I think we’re getting the right guys here. We’re doing it the right way. … I’ll have a talk with – I’m sure at some point – Mr. Adams and hopefully he’ll agree with me.”

Here’s wondering whether he’ll get Adams to agree to share blame for the fact that more of the ‘right guys’ were not here this season.

7 Comments on this post:

By: BASPUD on 12/30/12 at 6:26

BUD if Munchak thinks the team is a 6 and 10 team then we need a new coach must have faith in the players if not so get new one,s

By: Rasputin72 on 12/30/12 at 6:54

Munchak is a great person and an excellent assistant coach. He is to head coaching what Bud Adams is being an up and up owner.

Adams was run out of his hometown because he took from Houston and never gave back.

By: Shadow63 on 12/31/12 at 12:21

Titans management has been crap for years, and I see no reason to think it will change.
Remaining a fan is practically impossible because the players are a perpetual revolving door; no one to attach to. A team has to have heroes, and every time we get one Adams lets them go. Manning would have been crazy to come to the Titans.
Just because you own a team doesn't mean you know how to run it.
And Munchak, sorry pal, but you are an assistant coach.

By: Rasputin72 on 12/31/12 at 1:33

Bud is comfortable knowing people hate to give up their PSLs

It took 8 years but I caught on to what friends in Houston had been telling me since Bud and his franchise were run out of town.

By: courier37027 on 12/31/12 at 8:19

I have questions for any PSL holder: did you buy into the hype that PSLs are a great investment? If PSLs were such a great investment, will you be able to sell that PSL for a profit? How much did the PSL price add to the face value of your season ticket? What was the biggest lie told to you by the Titans, media, friends regarding PSLs?

By: 4gold on 1/1/13 at 10:24

PSL an investment? LOL. Just another money grab by NFL. Without the PSL's LP field would look like Jacksonville with tarped off sections and 50% empty. PSL's are just to make sure people don't bail after every 10 year drought.

Go Dores, Preds, Titans! Go Nashville a great place to live!

By: courier37027 on 1/3/13 at 5:17

Munchak should expect fans to share blame in miserable. After all, these are "your" Titans according to public address and radio announcers.