Tennessee Titans: Debating Whether Coach Mike Munchak Should Stay or Go

Chad MintonCorrespondent INovember 6, 2012

HOUSTON, TX- SEPTEMBER 30: Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak on the sidelines against the Houston Texans on September 30, 2012 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. Houston Texans won 38 to 14. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
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It's safe to say that the honeymoon for second-year head coach Mike Munchak is long gone following an embarrassing 31-point loss to the Chicago Bears.

The loss was so bad that it prompted owner Bud Adams to say the team was "grossly outcoached", and that can't make anyone on the Titans coaching staff feel safe at this point.

Before people start calling for Munchak's job, you have to realize that this was a very average team when Munchak took over for Jeff Fisher.

The Titans haven't been to the playoffs since 2008 when they got ousted by the Baltimore Ravens and prematurely ended a season that started 10-0.

After that tough playoff loss, the Titans would go 14-18 before bringing in Munchak.

In surprising fashion, Munchak guided the Titans to a 9-7 record last season and left a lot of optimism for this season.

However, that optimism has left fans disappointed at the outcome so far this season, and rightfully so.

This would be a much different situation if Munchak inherited a team that was on the rise, but the fact is he inherited mediocrity.

With that came a team that was loaded with inexperience at positions like quarterback, linebacker and cornerback.

As exhausting as it gets to call the Titans a rebuilding team every season, they truly are rebuilding in every sense of the word right now. You can't give up on Munchak just yet if you're Adams.

After all, the Titans have not lost to a team with a losing record this season.

Munchak has faced some very tough challenges this season that include a gruesome schedule and an injury to the future of the franchise in Jake Locker.

Starting the season without Kenny Britt certainly didn't help the cause.

Now it would take a miracle for the Titans to make the playoffs as they're sitting at 3-6, but you assess Munchak's job performance at the end of the season based on how they finish.

If this team continues to show a lack of determination like they did against the Bears, then you decide if Munchak is the right guy for the job moving forward.

There's no question that Munchak has to get better, along with the rest of the coaching staff. Munchak's first season should afford him that time to turn this thing around.

Fans seem to have a short memory for head coaches, but Munchak is just one game under .500 at this early stage in his head coaching career.

Making a change now would be nothing but a panic move by the Titans organization, and send this franchise into another rebuilding mode next season