NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Mike Munchak has made his biggest move yet as head coach of the Tennessee Titans.
He has put Tennessee's offense — and possibly his future — in the hands of 32-year-old quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains.
Munchak fired offensive coordinator Chris Palmer on Monday night and gave the job to an assistant who will call his first NFL plays Sunday when the Titans host the Texans (10-1).
His motivation is pretty simple.
Owner Bud Adams put everyone in the franchise on notice last month, even Munchak, who has worked for this team 30 years as a player, assistant coach and now head coach. Munchak, with 2013 the last season of his contract, said their jobs are all on the line with a 4-7 record.
This is just something we're hoping is a fix to something that was going on, Munchak said Wednesday. Hopefully it'll lead to helping us play a lot better the next five weeks. Things go well, I hope we're all back. I think it's something we can all work out. We'll see.
The Titans boasted during the preseason about all the playmakers they had on offense — from running back Chris Johnson to Kenny Britt and Kendall Wright at receiver and tight end Jared Cook.
Instead, they've been inconsistent from game to game and series to series. Munchak had enough after the Titans had to settle for five field goal attempts in losing 24-19 last weekend at Jacksonville.
Johnson and the run game rebounded from a start that had Tennessee ranked last in the NFL after five weeks and now ranks 19th. Johnson is sixth in the NFL with 942 yards and is averaging 4.9 yards per carry. But with Jake Locker hurting his non-throwing shoulder Sept. 30 and missing five straight starts, the passing game is 20th with time of possession 30th in the league.
Munchak said they'd been frustrated most of this season and the high expectations didn't help.
The struggles in Jacksonville made him realize he had no reason to wait any longer needing to try and win the final five games.
The decision was all his, though he discussed the move with the general manager and the chief operating officer before calling Adams.
If it doesn't work, then I'm the one that made these decisions, Munchak said.
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