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Monday, February 7, 2011
Report: Titans on verge of Munchak hire

By Paul Kuharsky

He was the favorite the day Jeff Fisher and the Titans parted ways. According to The Tennessean, long-time offensive line coach Mike Munchak held on to the top slot and could be named head coach as early as Monday.

Nashville’s been abuzz about the coaching search since the Titans and Fisher decided a lame-duck season was too complicated going forward and reached a settlement.

The team interviewed only four candidates: Munchak, offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger, Atlanta offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey and New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell.

Was that a deep enough pool for the team to give itself a chance to find the best coach? Or was it the minimum it could get away with in an attempt to appear to be taking a broad look while intending to go with Munchak?

I think there is a difference between having a leader going into interviews and being set on who your next coach will be as you start the process.

I wish they looked at more candidates. The team’s senior executive vice president, Steve Underwood, and general manager Mike Reinfeldt are a deliberate duo. Their timetable and determination in this search appears different than their MO, and certainly came at the behest of owner Bud Adams, who’s long been a Munchak admirer.

What kind of coach will Munchak be?

We’ll learn a lot more when he’s introduced. But we know he’s a thoughtful, focused, quietly intense and very smart guy. Like any new coach, he deserves a chance to make his changes and put his program in place.

It’s inevitable that fans will jump to conclusions. I’ll urge patience as we watch how he operates.

It’ll start with staff decisions. He'll inherit 13 assistants under contract, and most believe that Munchak will keep most of them. I think that’s presumptuous, and I suspect he will make more changes than many expect.