Munchak on Titans owner: ‘I’d be upset, too’
The Tennessee Titans now have plenty of motivation to play better. Owner Bud Adams made sure of that Sunday when he told The Tennessean that Sunday’s home loss was the most disappointing in his 50 years of owning an NFL team.
Coach Mike Munchak talked with Adams on Monday and said he understands the owner’s frustration.
We didn’t play well, and I’d be upset too if I were him.
— Titans coach Mike Munchak, on owner Bud Adams’ feelings
“I would probably have said the same thing if I were him,” Munchak said. “This is his team. He expects us to play well, especially at home. That’s our job. That’s my job to make sure we’re out there playing our best and winning games at home hopefully every time we line up.
“We didn’t play well, and I’d be upset too if I were him.”
The owner plans to evaluate everyone from the front office to the coaches to the players over the final seven games after the Titans lost 51-20 to Chicago, the most points allowed since a 59-0 loss to New England in 2009.
“In my 50 years of owning an NFL franchise, I am at a loss to recall a regular-season home game that was such a disappointment for myself and fans of the Titans,” Adams, 89, told The Tennessean. “We were grossly outcoached and outplayed from start to finish.”
The Titans (3-6) didn’t just look bad in the loss to the Bears; they looked inept, with five turnovers. Even Chris Johnson, who had one fumble touching the ball 150 times coming into the game, lost two himself. They struggled to tackle, with safety Michael Griffin dragged about 20 yards by Matt Forte before finally bringing the running back down with a horse-collar tackle.
They lined up incorrectly on back-to-back plays covering up the tight end, backing them up before getting a punt blocked and returned for a touchdown.
“The bottom line is it shouldn’t happen,” Munchak said of the formation penalties.
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Tennessee once again is last in the NFL, giving up an average 34.2 points per game and remaining on pace to top the 533 points allowed by the 1981 Baltimore Colts. The Titans already have given up 308 points through nine games after allowing only 317 points all last season.
Cornerback Tommie Campbell told The Tennessean that the Titans’ coaches put the players in position and they need to execute what they practice. Campbell didn’t have a large role in Sunday’s blowout loss, playing just 11 snaps on special teams.
“I blame myself, and I think that is the attitude everyone needs to take,” he told the newspaper. “I am at the bottom of the totem pole, so everything between Bud Adams and the coaches, I don’t have anything to do with that.”
Munchak said he is not planning any staff changes right now.
“We have to win football games right now. I’m not spending my time deciding on making coaching changes, and no, I’m not thinking of doing that.”
The Titans visit Miami (4-4) on Sunday before a break with their bye. They may get Jake Locker back as their starting quarterback depending on what doctors say about his left, non-throwing shoulder. Locker has missed five straight games since dislocating his shoulder Sept. 30 for the second time in four games.
Munchak said the key is when Locker is cleared for contact, and the quarterback worked with the scout team last week. The coach said they should know more by Wednesday. In the meantime, Munchak said he isn’t the type to flip coolers or start yelling, since that tactic never prompted him to play harder or better himself.
“My job is to focus them, direct them, teach them and try to get the best out of them, and that’s what I’m trying to do,” Munchak said.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.