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First-year head coach Mike Munchak made leaps and bounds from what was a disappointing 2010 season.
A long-time member of the Tennessee Titans organization, Munchak turned around the struggling team from a 6-10 record a year ago to a 9-7 record, just short of the postseason. He had one of the most successful draft classes in recent memory, equating to a solid year on both sides of the ball.
Munchak's decision making and judgement helped the Titans escape a subpar end to the season, finishing off the Houston Texans in the final minute of a game this young team would have surely lost under former coach Jeff Fisher.
It would not have been out of the ordinary for that Tennessee team to lose. They would have settled for field goals, relied on continuously trying to pound the ball and eventually would have given up the back-breaking play.
Not this team though.
Tennessee managed to overcome a late fumble, allowing the Texans to score and come within an extra point before overtime. The Texans opted for two and failed, allowing Munchak to finish off the Titans first winning season since 2008.
Munchak gave Titans fans a glimmer of hope Sunday that change is possible. With one win at a time, he continues to change the atmosphere surrounding LP Field.