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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Tommy Smith sounds torn on Munchak

By Paul Kuharsky

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- New Titans president and CEO Tommy Smith has been quiet as the team's season has gone in the tank.

He told Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean on Tuesday that a decision on coach Mike Munchak after the season will be difficult.

He holds Munchak in high regard, and some of what he said sounds like Munchak has a chance to stick.

At other times, however, Smith sounds like a guy who understands a personal relationship can't trump results.
"I think we can play with teams like Indianapolis, we have the talent to do that. It's disappointing to me we didn't win one of those games. And we've played some good teams close. But it is not good enough to say you played them well, you have to beat them. At the end of the day, you have to win games."

"I am pretty much a type-A type guy. I am very much a results-oriented guy, and I believe you have to have a mutual understanding on how you are going to progress. Things come up in football, I understand that. It is tough in this league to win. When your quarterback goes down like Jake Locker did this season, you have to take those things into consideration to some degree. But it is the totality of things."

Smith said he wants a three-game winning streak to end the season and get the Titans to 8-8.

Arizona comes to town Sunday. The Cardinals are 8-5 and just one game out of the NFC playoff field.

After that come games for Tennessee at Jacksonville and against Houston.

Both teams have already beaten the Titans this year, and the Jaguars are playing far better than they did when they broke through for their first win of the season at LP Field on Nov. 10.