Mike Munchak awaits fate with Titans

Updated: December 30, 2013, 5:03 PM ET
By Paul Kuharsky | ESPN.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak met with the local media Monday in a season wrap-up news conference and said he's eager to meet with team president and CEO Tommy Smith to learn his fate.

Munchak deflected questions about the future of the franchise, including those about his staff, saying those could only be addressed "once I pass my hurdle."

Munchak acknowledged that a one-game improvement to a 7-9 record was insufficient but stressed how much the Titans improved in personnel and statistically in his third season.

Munchak expects to begin season review conversations with general manager Ruston Webster soon but has nothing officially scheduled with Smith.

"This is obviously the way Tommy wants to do it," Munchak said. " ... I think everyone does it in their own way, on their timetable, so I'm fine with it. I think he pretty much announced that this is how he foresaw it happening when the season ended. Be deliberate. Let a couple days go by. Give some good thought to it, then have a meeting and make a decision."

Munchak is 22-26 but just 6-12 against the AFC South since 2011, when he replaced Jeff Fisher, who had been the team's coach the previous 14 seasons. The 2014 season is the last on his contract.

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Kim Klement/USA TODAY SportsThe Titans have gone 9-7, 6-10 and 7-9 in the three seasons since Mike Munchak replaced Jeff Fisher.

The Titans/Oilers franchise is the only one the Hall of Fame lineman has played or worked for since being selected eighth overall by the then-Houston Oilers in 1982. With their victory Sunday over the Houston Texans, the Titans snapped a five-game home losing streak.

Munchak said he's not reading into the Titans' lack of urgency -- Fisher was fired on Jan. 27, 2011 -- and that until he's told otherwise, he's the coach and he intends to act like it.

Munchak said he stood up in front of the players and advised them to make plans to get personal stuff in order, get healthy and improve individually before the team reassembles.

Smith became team president and CEO after the death of the only owner the franchise had known, Smith's father-in-law Bud Adams.

Munchak managed to garner a few laughs in a somewhat awkward setting, including when he said the Titans would have won more games with Jake Locker, the quarterback who missed nine games because of injuries.

"I can say it's easily a playoff team with Locker, since you can't prove me wrong," he said with a grin.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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