Tag:Mike Munchak
Posted on: February 8, 2011 8:35 am
Edited on: February 8, 2011 1:58 pm

Munchak fires Heimerdinger

Mike Munchak hasn't committed to keeping Mike Heimerdinger on Tennessee's staff (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

UPDATED (1:42 p.m.): Well, apparently Mike Munchak thought he could do better than Mike Heimerdinger as the offensive coordinator.

The Tennessean’s Jim Wyatt is reporting that Heimerdinger has been fired.

Said Heimerdinger: "Mike is going to do what is best for Titans. I know it is part of the business."

UPDATED (1:53 p.m.): Various reports are suggesting Munchak could be after Texans OL coach Bruce Matthews. Apparently, the two are best friends, and even though Matthews recently received a two-year extension from Houston, he hadn't signed it. That means the Titans didn't need to ask the Texans for permission to interview him.


If new Titans coach Mike Munchak wants to keep offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger as a Tennessee assistant, Heimerdinger would be completely fine with that.

Munchak was the former OL coach who then leap-frogged Heimerdinger – who also interviewed for Jeff Fisher’s old spot – for the top position. But Heimerdinger said he was happy for Munchak, telling the Tennessean, “I’d be happy to work under (Munchak). I think he does an excellent job.”

So, that’s settled, right? Munchak has an offensive coordinator if he wants him, and he can go about getting the rest of his staff assembled.

Except it sounds like Munchak isn’t sure he wants to keep Heimerdinger.

At a news conference Monday, Munchak was asked if he’d retain Heimerdinger, who’s been the offensive coordinator the past three seasons and he said, “Right now, to me anything is open. To me, we’re starting fresh. It’s not the same old, same old. I think we come in, figure out what’s best for the Titans going forward with what we have and just go from there … Anything is possible.”

Last season, the Titans finished 27th in total offense, though in 2009, they were 12th.

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Posted on: February 7, 2011 1:20 pm
Edited on: February 7, 2011 1:25 pm

Mike Munchak hired as new Titans coach

Posted by Will Brinson

The Titans announced on Monday that Mike Munchak, the former offensive line coach, would take over as their new head coach.

Munchak, a Hall of Fame lineman with the Houston Oilers, served under Jeff Fisher as the offensive line coach for the past 14 years and was considered the front-runner for the position as the Titans interviewed various candidates.

"This is a special day for this franchise as one of our former players takes over the team as the head coach," said owner Bud Adams in a statement released by the team. "Mike has been successful at everything he has been associated with at our franchise and I have no reason to believe that he won’t be successful as our head coach.

"He earned Hall of Fame distinction as a player and yearly he has been one of the best offensive line coaches in the NFL. He understands where we have been and knows where we need to go."

Munchak's obviously a "Titans guy" in that he's been with the organization for a long time. And it probably didn't hurt matters much that he played in the NFL with Titans GM Mike Reinfeldt.

"I have known Mike for 30 years and have always had the utmost admiration for him as a person, player and coach," said Reinfeldt. "He is a smart football man, who commands respect and accountability from everyone around him and I am confident that he will be successful. There were many qualified candidates for this position, but Mike makes sense on so many different levels."

Reinfeldt also cited Munchak's "franchise knowledge" as a "great asset."

Although there are plenty of reasons for fans to complain about the hiring, because it comes on the heels of the awkward Jeff Fisher termination and lacks "flash" and whatnot, it's still reasonably impressive that the team will be able to keep some sense continuity going despite getting such a late start on their coaching search.

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Posted on: February 4, 2011 11:52 am
Edited on: February 4, 2011 11:53 am

New Titans coach won't make Jeff Fisher money

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Are the Titans planning to lowball their new coach? It certainly seems that way if you read this Titans Insider piece in which Terry McCormick writes that the new Tennessee coach should expect to be paid about $2.5 million a season.

Considering Jeff Fisher would have made about $6.5 million per year, this newest figure doesn’t sound quite so special.

Unless former Bills head coach Mike Mularkey wins the job, the rest of the candidates (Titans OL coach Mike Munchak, Tiatans offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger and Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell) would be first-time head coaches.

Thus, it makes sense that owner Bud Adams could get away with paying them much less than Fisher and why former coaches like Bill Cowher and Jon Gruden were never in consideration for the Titans job.

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Posted on: February 2, 2011 5:20 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2011 6:23 pm

Updating the Titans head coaching search

Posted by Andy Benoit
G. Williams (US Presswire)
Good news for Titans leading head coaching candidate Mike Munchak: Saint defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has pulled himself out of the running. Williams was supposed to interview for the position, but ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that he will instead stay in New Orleans. Schefter cited Williams' loyalty to Jeff Fisher and the Saints.

Williams also removed himself from the Denver Broncos’ head coaching search earlier this offseason.

Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell is still expected to interview. Doing so will satisfy the Rooney Rule (te Titans needed to regather in this sense after Ray Sherman decided not to interview). Fewell's interview could pave the way for a Munchak promotion in the very near future.

Earlier Wednesday we wrote that Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey is in the mix. The Titans have also interviewed their own offensive coordinator, Mike Heimerdinger.

But Munchak, who has been with the organization for three decades, is said to be a favorite of owner Bud Adams.

A Munchak hiring, however, would go against GM Mike Reinfeldt’s preference for someone with previous head coaching experience. Of the bunch who have interviewed, though, only Mularkey and Williams have previous head coaching experience. (Though Fewell was an interim head coach in 2009.)

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Posted on: January 29, 2011 12:02 am

Report: Munchak leading candidate for Titans job

Posted by Will Brinson

The biggest difficulty for the Titans right now -- outside of moving the "Ringling Brothers" sign to the rear of the facility -- is replacing the now-departed Jeff Fisher.

It appears that offensive line coach (and one of the few guys left on Fisher's staff before he departed) Mike Munchak is the leading candidate at the moment.

That's according to Terry McCormick of Titans Insider, who cites sources indicating the Titans like Munchak but will also interview a number of other candidates "including an applican to satisfy the Rooney Rule for minorities."

While there are only 32 head coaching jobs in the NFL, that doesn't mean filling one of them this late in the "coaching season" and this close to a potential lockout is a difficult task.

Perry Fewell is a name still sitting out there as a strong candidate (Josh mentioned him yesterday), but given his earlier concerns about being a token Rooney Ruler, he might not be interested in interviewing.

Gregg Williams is considered a strong possibility, but there are two tremendous concerns. First, he might not be able to bring his son (Bud Adams isn't a big nepotism fan, apparently) along with him. And secondly, he might decline to interview out of respect for Fisher.

Munchak, a 2001 Hall of Fame inductee, doesn't have any head coaching experience, but he's apparently well-liked by the team, having coached under Fisher since 1995.

"I think he’s a person, given his playing career and his coaching career, he’s certainly a person that you’d have to consider," said GM Mike Reinfeldt. "Again, we’re kind of in the early stages of this, so it would be kind of premature to answer that question at this point in time."

On the other hand, Reinfeldt stressed "head coaching experience" as a "good thing," so that's not great news. But he did play on the Oilers with Munchak, so he'd theoretically know as well as anyone whether or not the guy can handle the job.

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Posted on: January 27, 2011 7:51 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2011 7:52 pm

Who could replace Fisher?

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Here are three possibilities who could take over Jeff Fisher's old Titans job:

  • Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell: Already Fewell has interviewed for three head coaching spots this year, so at this point, he’s the most-experienced interviewee of the offseason.
  • Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips: This relationship goes back a long way. It might be too soon to rehire the fired Phillips, but Adams employed Phillips’ dad, Bum Phillips, in the ‘70s with the Oilers, and those teams had plenty of success.
  • Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams: Apparently, he and Adams have a nice relationship, and he was in the Oilers/Titans organization from 1990-2000. But according to Rapid Reporter Larry Holder, the lack of a starting quarterback in the organization could keep Williams away from the position. Plus, he and Fisher happen to be really good friends, so Fisher certainly could discourage Williams from taking the job.
By the way, this is what Williams told Holder earlier this week at the Senior Bowl regarding potential head coaching openings: “It has to be the right job. Here’s what I say, when you have players and you have coaches that answer you in absolutes, they’re lying to you. So for me to say ‘I never,’ I couldn’t say that. But I can say that I have a great job right now that I love. Love! "

Also, Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean has floated the name of offensive line coach Mike Munchak who could be in line to replace Fisher.

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Posted on: November 24, 2010 3:12 pm
Edited on: November 24, 2010 3:15 pm

Titans OC Mike Heimerdinger undergoing chemo

Posted by Andy Benoit

Unfortunate news coming out of Tennessee Wednesday: Titans offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger will undergo chemotherapy for cancer. Jeff Fisher informed the Titans players after learning of the news Wednesday morning.

Fisher asked the media and fans to send prayers for Heimerdinger. Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean says Heimerdinger was at the Titans facility for meetings. However, Fisher has said that offensive line coach Mike Munchak and quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains will assume Heimerdinger’s responsibilities.

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