Report: Signs point to Mike Munchak staying

  • By Kareem Copeland
  • Updated: Dec. 30, 2012 at 09:52 a.m.

The Tennessee Titans will not fire coach Mike Munchak, The Tennessean columnist David Climer believes.

The Titans followed a 9-7 2011 with a 5-10 record with one game to go. Six of those 10 losses were by three touchdowns or more, including the 55-7 blowout against the Green Bay Packers last week .

Climer thinks owner Bud Adams, 89, doesn't want to go through the process of changing coaches for a second time since 2010. No sources were quoted or credited with the news, but Climer is close to the organization. He pointed out that team officials recently indicated that Munchak's deal runs through 2014. Meaning Munchak wouldn't be a lame-duck coach in the final year of a deal if he returns in 2013. That's rarely a positive situation as it eats at a coach's authority.

"The best we can do is 6-10, and as far as me individually, I'll just go from there," Munchak said. "Whatever happens, happens when the game is over with. We'll sit and talk and see what direction we want to go."

Quarterback Jake Locker continued to struggle in his second season, but shows sporadic flashes. Munchak and the offense has failed to figure out how to best use running back Chris Johnson, who has had his two worst seasons in 2011-12. The Titans also have the No. 32 scoring defense in the league.

Titans fans won't be particularly excited with this news.