Mike Munchak Fired by Tennessee Titans

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Mike Munchak Fired by Tennessee Titans
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One day after it was reported the Tennessee Titans were planning to bring back head coach Mike Munchak for another season, the team has decided to part ways with the longtime member of the franchise. Munchak is the seventh coach to get his walking papers this season.

Chris Mortensen of ESPN cited league sources who state Munchak has been fired:

Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo continued:

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora adds a note about the coaching staff:

Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman passed along details from the Titans:

John Glennon of The Tennessean supplied Munchak's thoughts:

Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean provided Munchak's contract information:

The move comes after Wyatt reported there was a plan to keep Munchak despite a 22-26 record through three seasons:

Although the conditions were not announced after Munchak’s meeting with Titans president/CEO Tommy Smith and general manager Ruston Webster on Friday in Houston, they are believed to involve changes to the coaching staff.

The meeting concluded with the expectation that Munchak would follow through on the conditions.

Webster gave a statement to the Titans' official website:

First I want to thank Mike Munchak for his professionalism through this process and thank him for his years of dedication to the Titans/Oilers organization. He is first-class and I wish him and his family nothing but the best. I also want to praise Tommy Smith for his involvement during the weeklong process. He was thorough and thoughtful.

The last week has been a difficult time trying to navigate through many issues to find the best resolution for this franchise moving forward. Tough choices were presented to all sides and the end result was to part ways and move forward without Mike.

We will immediately begin a search for a new head coach.

I am confident that we will find a coach that can continue our growth as a team and lead us to sustained success.

Paul Kuharsky of ESPN passes along this statement from Tommy Smith:

Wyatt posted an update following the latest news, stating Munchak must have reversed course when it came to the conditions put in place:

Jason McCourty, a 3-year starter under Munchak, took to Twitter to express his feelings about the coach's firing:

So apparently something broke down over the past two days that led to Munchak getting relieved of his duties rather than returning for a fourth season. But whatever the reason, his run with the franchise after more than three decades as a player and coach is apparently over. His 2-20 record against teams that finished seasons with a winning record over his three seasons couldn't have helped the situation much.

Alex Marvez of Fox Sports 1 reported Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin is a name to watch in connection with the Titans job:

It's a very fluid situation in Tennessee at this point. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

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