I expected to see Mike Munchak this year lose the conservative approach that characterized him and his teams for his first two seasons. After all, his job as head coach was on the line, so you'd expect to see him to take more chances in 2013.
However, last week against the Seattle Seahawks, when the Titans were behind by 10 and in the red zone with 2:18 left, the Titans settled for a field goal rather than go for it on fourth down.
The logic makes sense: the Titans needed both a touchdown and a field goal, so they may as well settle for the field goal and get the touchdown later. It makes sense on paper, but when you have to get the ball back from and drive down the field for a touchdown again, you aren't leaving yourself enough time.
I felt that settling for a field goal in that instance, while the safer play, was not the right play. In a situation like that in which you're unlikely to win, you have to take big gambles.
A similar situation occurred against San Francisco. The Titans had the ball at midfield, facing a 17-point deficit, with two time outs and less than a minute to go in the first half. Rather than make a play for field goal range on 3rd-and-5, the Titans went to the locker room down 17-0.
They went on to lose the game 31-17.
Had they taken the gamble and went for it, sure, the 49ers may have taken over on downs, but it's unlikely that they would have gotten any points out of it even if they did get the ball, as there was little time left.
Had the Titans made that play and came out of the first half with some points, it could have altered the rest of the game.
Munchak is going to have to take some more gambles if he wants to win these tough games.