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On Munchak's Titans against winning teams

12/13/2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Mike Munchak believes the Titans are on the verge of a breakthrough.

"We are headed in the right direction, as much as it doesn't seem that way at times, and you can make a leap fast," Munchak said at the start of the week.

It’s never healthy to put too much on one game.

But if Munchak wants to prove that’s the case, if he wants to show team president and CEO Tommy Smith the Titans are truly heading in the right direction, he really has only one more chance.

As bad as the Titans are, they will be expected to win at Jacksonville on Dec. 22 and to beat Houston Dec. 29. Those games are hardly a given -- the Titans have lost to those teams already. But wins against them to split season series won’t say much about where the Titans stand.

A game against a good Arizona team that’s in the mix for an NFC playoff berth is different. It’s the last chance in Munchak’s third season to get something that would at least qualify as a candidate for a signature win.

Per Michael Bonzagni of ESPN Stats and Information: In Munchak's 45 games as head coach, he is 4-17 against teams with winning records before the game and 2-19 against teams that ended the season with a winning record.

If Munchak and the Titans want to show they’ve made progress, this is sort of their last chance.

Lose it, and they ensure a second consecutive losing season. Win it, and at least they can say they’ve progressed to the point where they can beat a good team.