Tennessee Titans: No Time to Panic for Mike Munchak

Chad MintonCorrespondent IOctober 15, 2013

Oct 13, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak reacts during the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Realistically speaking, the Tennessee Titans are exactly where even the most optimistic people saw them being at this point with a 3-3 record.

You could even argue that the Titans have vastly exceeded expectations so far this season after such a dismal 2012 season.

The fact of the matter is that the Titans are following the path that I saw them going on heading into Week 1, with them finishing an eventual 10-6 and in the mix of a wild-card spot.

If Jake Locker had to get injured, it honestly came at the best time when the Titans found themselves facing opponents that were better anyways, to be blunt.

That's not to say that Locker couldn't have been the difference maker in their losses to the Chiefs and Seahawks, but it would sting a lot more if these losses came to divisional opponents with Locker on the sidelines powerless.

You have to figure that the Titans will drop to 3-4 with yet another great defense coming up in the San Francisco 49ers. Ryan Fitzpatrick has shown that he is what he is, which is a backup quarterback.

Even with the expected loss to the 49ers, they're still on pace to finish 10-6 if they take care of business where they should. 

The shocking struggles of the Houston Texans means that the Titans are in even better shape, sitting just one game behind the Indianapolis Colts for first place in the AFC South.

What makes this current two-game losing streak so tough to swallow is how they've lost these last two games. In both games you can't point to a couple of plays that changed the eventual outcome.

The Texans loss still stings the most when you analyze where the Titans sit right now. They can easily overcome that loss, but a win there would really have this team in excellent shape to push for a division crown.

If you're head coach Mike Munchak at this moment, you have to be generally pleased with where the Titans sit in the standings considering how much easier the latter part of the schedule gets.

Munchak is in the driver's seat of securing his role as head coach of the Titans for at least a few more seasons as long as he can continue to be successful in games the Titans are supposed to win.

Meetings with the Jacksonville Jaguars, St. Louis Rams, Oakland Raiders and Arizona Cardinals are all games the Titans should win after seeing how they've played through six games.

Splitting with the Colts and the Texans gets them to that 10-win mark and that would have to be considered a very successful season to build on.

However, it's getting close to the breaking point of panicking a bit if the run game doesn't get going soon. It's really starting to hamper a passing offense that has the ability to be great when balanced with a formidable rushing attack.

The odds don't look favorable that Shonn Greene will be able to return this week, according to Craig Peters of the Titans' official website.

Greene's return would vastly improve the Titans' chances of maybe getting a win against the 49ers, but his hopeful return after the bye week should help lead to plenty of wins down the stretch.

Finally, you can't count this team out with the way the defense is playing right now. They're keeping the Titans in games and just getting gassed in the fourth quarter.

That epidemic can be solved if the running game can improve. However, that's the big question with this team moving forward.

The quality of opponents will be exactly what the doctor ordered for this running game, and that will send a ripple effect throughout the entire team that will end in wins instead of close losses.

A coveted bye week coming up will be key to if the Titans can really hit the accelerator and make this a successful season.

There's still plenty of games to be played, and the Titans are in a great spot right now despite the last two losses. It's no time to panic.