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Initial thoughts on Munchak's introduction

2/7/2011

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Quick initial impressions on Mike Munchak’s introductory news conference before I circle back to flesh out some themes:

I thought he came across very well in roughly 45 minutes, and while this wasn’t a hire made to win the news conference, I give him an A. He was prepared and presidential, well spoken, light at the right moments, clearly set forth his plan and made it clear this is a fresh start for all in the building.

More from him...

  • He thinks his job is primarily three things: to give direction, to manage things and to get out of the way so people can do their jobs.

  • He said he knows what the Titans are doing well and what needs to change.

  • He said there is personnel in the building that the team can win with, citing the team’s 5-2 start to 2011.

  • He said a lot depends on the quarterback who comes in, and said the Vince Young issue has been dealt with.

  • He ranks preparation as the number one thing. He never wants his team to say, “What do we do now?” He also talked about being disciplined, smart, fast and physical.

  • As he starts to put together a staff, he said everything is open. Thirteen assistants are under contract and he’s expected to stay within a reasonable budget, but team executives said he’s got the freedom to select his staff. He said it amounts to putting together a puzzle with staff harmony an important ingredient. “Anything is open, we’re starting fresh, it’s not the same old, same old,” he said.

  • He’s had thoughts about things in the past that, as an assistant, he did not share publicly.

  • He cited his college coach, Joe Paterno, as his biggest influence.

  • He doesn’t think not having been a coordinator is a deficit. “I don’t think I am lacking anything other than experience,” he said.

  • If a chunk of the NFL offseason or season are erased by a lockout, he wants “the coaches to do the adjusting and let the players come in and play.”

  • Players don’t know him in this role. “For most people in the building, it’s a fresh, new experience,” he said. “It’s up to us to keep it that way.”

  • He wants to be as involved in personnel decisions as he can be, but will lean on people who know more than he does when he can.

  • His tenure with the organization got his foot in the door with Bud Adams, but he had to prove worthy to get hired.

More to come.