The Tennessee Titans Situation
Ok, so this is probably something I should have posted about quite a while.
I go into Honor Band, check my phone before beginning rehearsal, and find a text from my dad.
Now, if anyone knows my dad, you’ll know he is not the most technologically advanced man.
The text says:
“Titans, [head coach Jeff] Fisher part ways.”
I just sit in my chair, shocked. Being 7th of 9 instead of something better was a selfish, unpleasant surprise for me to be going through. When I learned of the update, I completely cast it away. I sat in my chair, very distraught, but still kept my composure with the situation, because quite frankly, I had to, or I’d embarass myself, my section, my school, and most importantly, Mr. Box. I mean, I wasn’t ready to have a breakdown or anything. I was just incredibly caught off guard. Especially since I thought we won the battle when it would be announced Vince Young would either be traded or released. I guess we had lost the war. I still can not see anyone running the Titans other than Jeff Fisher. I’d have said something more emotional if I got to this earlier. I went home that night to painfully watch SportsCenter on ESPN and it angered me when they said that Fisher had been fired when he had been not; both sides agreed to end it. I just felt that that had not been phrased very well, that the media, even of the least bias, lies sometimes.
Going into it, I expected Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey to be selected for the job. The Falcons offense had been one of the best in the National Football League this past year. Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez were great contributors to my fantasy team. Other candidates included Titans staff members Mike Heimerdinger (OC), Dave McGinnis (linebackers coach) and Mike Munchak (offensive line coach), and also New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell (the Rooney Rule candidate, in which at least one minority must be considered).
This came to a surprise to me when Mike Munchak was selected. But I can see why. He has been with the organization longer than Jeff Fisher has. Munchak had a Hall of Fame career with the Houston Oilers from 1982-1993 as a guard. He was an offensive assistant from 1994-1997. 1997 he became the offensive line coach, a post he has held until being promoted Monday. He’s also a family man. Munchak has been apparently offered offensive coordinator positions, but turned them down because his family likes it in Nashville so much. Today, he hired former Titan great and one of his great friends, Bruce Matthews, to be the offensive line coach. I like what he’s doing in Nashville, so far. Let’s hope he can continue improving the team. Heimerdinger was also relieved of his duties as offensive coordinator yesterday.
On the day after the Big Game, the Tennessee Titans have promoted Mike Munchak to lead the team as HC after the team split ways with long-time HC Jeff Fisher. Munchak was the first to interview for the Head Coaching job and was reportedly the top candidate of Owner Bud Adams.
He played football for the Houston Oilers, the now Titans. He has been the offensive line coach and turns 51 in March. Munchak needs to find a QB soon because Kerry Collins is not going to last long and because of Vince Young’s predetermined departure. The draft would be a great place to find a quality QB because they have a high pick (8) and of the great talent at that position this year. Ryan Mallet would be a great fit for that offense, but I think that if Jake Locker can improve his accuracy, he would be great because he can run and stay protected. He would be great on slot shovels and flip plays.
Munchak also needs to improve his defense because they are kind of soft. CB Cortland Finnegan has a short temper, as you know by his fight with Texans WR Andre Johnson. Munch can change this team around fast.
I hope you still remember me. I hope you move your room around and find my sock behind your bed. I hope you find a hair pin in your apartment on a warm spring day. I hope that in the middle of January you remember how warm my body felt next to yours. I hope that every time you take a shower you appreciate how spacious it is without me in there with you. I hope you pack to move and you find a piece of me somewhere in your closet. I hope every time you wear those jeans you’re reminded of how I made you buy them. I hope that I cross your mind every now and then, because I still haven’t gotten you off my mind.