|Titans owner Bud Adams: Entire organization to be ‘closely evaluated’||11.05.12 at 1:32 pm ET|
After the Titans’ discouraging 51-20 loss to the Bears, owner Bud Adams has put the Titans franchise on notice.
Adams was so upset during the game Sunday that he left at the end of the third quarter.
“In my 50 years of owning an NFL franchise, I am at a loss to recall a regular-season home game that was such a disappointment for myself and fans of the Titans,” Adams said. “We were grossly outcoached and outplayed from start to finish today.
Adams said he would make changes to improve performance if necessary.
“At this time, all aspects of the organization will be closely evaluated, including front office, coaches and players over the next seven games,” Adams said. “If performance and competitiveness does not improve, I will look at all alternatives to get back to having the Titans become a playoff and championship football team.”
Coach Mike Munchak stepped up and took responsibility for the team’s shortcoming.
“If a team underperforms, I’m the first guy you should look at for that, not anybody else, not assistant coaches, it starts with me,” Munchak said. “If we don’t finish this season the way it should, then what needs to happen will happen. Sure it starts with me, I’m the head coach.”
The Titans are 3-6 and head to Miami to take on the 4-4 Dolphins on Sunday.
|Penn State reportedly interested in Eric Mangini||12.29.11 at 2:17 pm ET|
Former NFL coach Eric Mangini is reported to be a candidate for the job at Penn State. According to a report out of Philadelphia, the school has interest in the former Patriots assistant who went on to become a head coach with the Jets and Browns.
“I know they are very interested on [Mangini], the former NFL coach who has been fired twice in the NFL,” said 97.5 The Phanatic’s Mike Missanelli, who has reported on Penn State for years. “He’s the latest flavor of the month. They will not be able to get a big name given to sustain what is going on.”
Missanelli also reported that former Colts coach Tony Dungy turned down an offer from the school.
Meanwhile, Titans coach Mike Munchak denied for a third time that he will return to his alma mater.
“You all know Penn State means a lot to me. I obviously went to school there and I’m real concerned for what they’ve gone through the last couple of months. I’m flattered that people think I’d be a great fit for the coach there,” Munchak said Wednesday after practice. “They have not contacted me in any way or talked to me about the possibility of working there. I have not reached out to them. I have a job that I enjoy quite a bit.”
Interim Penn State coach Tom Bradley has been interviewed for the position.
|Titans coach Mike Munchak: We’d take a look at Terrell Owens||10.19.11 at 11:55 am ET|
Titans coach Mike Munchak said on his radio show Tuesday that Tennessee would consider signing Terrell Owens if the wide receiver was capable of passing a physical. Owens had knee surgery in the offseason. According to his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, the 15-year veteran should be cleared to get back on the field by the end of October.
The Titans have been in need of another wide receiver ever since losing Kenny Britt for the year due to a torn ACL and MCL he suffered in the third week of the season. Owens is a free agent after spending last season with the Bengals.
“That’s something that at some point when [Owens’] health is better and he can pass a physical – people thought the midpoint of the season, maybe – he might be a guy that may be able to to work out to prove where he’s at,” Munchak said. “So of course us, or whoever else, is going to take a look, just like we have with other free agents, to see what kind of shape he’s in.”
Muchak said that the Titans’ interest in Owens would depend on how well the team is doing when he is medically cleared to play and also what kind of production Tennessee is getting from the third wide receiver spot at that time. The Titans are off to a 3-2 start this season and will face the Texans this Sunday.
|Titans coach Mike Munchak fires offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger||02.09.11 at 11:07 am ET|
Mike Munchak promised change when he was named Titans coach Monday, and he didn’t waste any time following through on that promise.
On Tuesday, he fired offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger and two other assistants. Heimerdinger has been undergoing cancer treatment since November and was also interviewed for the head coaching job.
“We have worked well through the years, but I believe we need to go in a different direction at offensive coordinator,” Munchak told The Associated Press. “This wasn’t about his health — he is feeling good — it is a change of direction for us. This is not something that I take lightly and I wish him and his family the best.”
“It’s never easy to be fired,” Heimerdinger said. “He has to do what’s good for the Titans, and Munch will do what’s best for the Titans. I appreciate my time here, but it’s never easy to be fired.”
|Report: Titans expected to name Mike Munchak coach||02.07.11 at 12:32 pm ET|
The Titans are expected to name Mike Munchak their next coach, possibly as early as Monday, according to The Tennessean.
Munchak has been the Titans’ offensive line coach for the past 14 years. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2001 for his 12-year career as an offensive lineman with the Oilers.
The Titans also interviewed offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger, Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey and Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell during their search for Jeff Fisher‘s replacement.
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