Munchak Lights His Own Chair on Fire and Other Must-Reads from the AFC South
Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE
What happened in Nashville against the Indianapolis Colts was an embarrassment.
As the Titans tried to protect a seven-point lead with less than five minutes to play, they forced the Colts into a 3rd-and-10 inside the 20-yard line.
The Colts converted with a nine-yard pass and a seven-yard run. They scored the tying touchdown one play later.
Head coach Mike Munchak confirmed that both key plays were run with just 10 men on the field for the Titans' defense.
This is absolutely unacceptable.
The entire season hung in the balance, and no one one the Titans' defense was aware of how many men were on the field? The head coach was incapable of getting a timeout called?
While this may not be Munchak's fault on one level, it certainly doesn't speak well of the awareness and preparedness of this team and coaching staff.
Someone is to blame for this, and given that defensive coordinator Jerry Gray is unlikely to be back next year given the state of his defense, he may well take the fall for it. It's hard not to wonder if that's enough, however.
Playing shorthanded in the biggest moments of a big game is not the mark of a well-coached team.
Should things continue to go south for the Titans, in a few months this may be seen as the moment when things began to unravel for Munchak.
I don't know that he was on the hot seat before, but it's safe to say he just lit his own chair on fire. He has eight games to put out the flames.
Brian Burke of Advanced NFL Stats finds the point at which a field goal becomes the most common result for all drives regardless of down and distance.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated has his Monday Morning Quarterback with some info on Vick Ballard.
Stephanie Stradley of the Houston Chronicle looks at the special teams.
Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle says Antonio Smith will bug Mario Williams.
Ganguli writes that Ben Tate is still hobbled with a hamstring injury.
Phil B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star runs down where things stand for the Colts.
Kyle Rodriguez of Colts Authority says big plays on the ground did the trick for the Colts.
Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star says Chuck Pagano made a surprise visit to the complex.
David Boclair of the City Paper says Munchak made tough decisions.
John Glennon of the Tennessean says the Titans want more deep balls for Kenny Britt.
Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean says the Titans won't deal Jared Cook, despite his request to be dealt.
60 Minutes profiled Jaguars owner Shad Khan.
Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union discusses the dropped passes by the Jags.
O'Halloran posts a notebook.
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