Tennessee Titans Mike Munchak now taking control
Offensive Coordinator Chris Palmer wasn’t fired during the bye week instead the Tennessee Titans opted to wait for another embarrassing loss. Which leads me to believe that not only are the Titans stubborn but coach Mike Munchak may have leaned too much on experience of his coordinators. The Titans have needed to make a move for some time now.Not only do we not know the identity of the Titans, we don’t know what kind of coach Munchak really is. Outside of the front office, what we see on the field has been left up to the coordinators to design and execute. Munchak is now going to show us what he is made of as a coach. I believe the Tennessee Titans can finally get somewhere with a head coach now coming out of his rookie shell and now taking control of his team.
I don’t believe that the firing of Chris Palmer was a decision made by the head coach. Munchak has seemed very stubborn in believing that his team and its coaches have what it takes to be a top team. I don’t know the ins and outs of what it should or shouldn’t be done to upgrade a team at every turn but I do know that the team as a whole is not consistent.
For instance; one week the defense makes great stops, gives little points, and doesn’t allow one player to beat them. The next week a player can beat them at will and it seems that there is nothing the Tennessee Titans can do to stop him.
On the offensive side; one week this team looks like they can go toe to toe with the Patriots of the league then the next they struggle for any kind of points.
The firing of Chris Palmer may not have been the popular choice of fans who have wanted a change more in the defensive area than the offensive side but this is the right choice. This firing unites a young offense with less complicated plays, gives them a coach they seem to believe in more, and helps Mike Munchak grow as a head coach. They still have a bad defense but that defense can be helped out in the off-season. We have to realize that as much as we want change now, Munchak is still here for one more year left on his contract and getting a big time coordinator for one year is a mountain of a task. Jerry Gray can be successful. Hopefully in the offseason the front office will equip Gray with players he believes in to run his system. That should cut down on what we are seeing at this time. The plays called show a lack of confidence in stopping another team and the lack of belief that the personnel on the field can do more than basic prevent packages.
This year was supposed to be a year of growth with so much young talent and still the lack of missing pieces. While last year showed hope it was still too soon for this team to jump into relevancy. Hopefully the embarrassing games are in the rearview and the success that Munchak saw as an offensive line coach will finally show throughout the whole team.
Tracy Anderson is an NFL writer for TPF and can be contacted at TAnderson@ThePenaltyFlagBlog.com.