Posted by Will Brinson
The Titans announced on Monday that Mike Munchak, the former offensive line coach, would take over as their new head coach.
Munchak, a Hall of Fame lineman with the Houston Oilers, served under Jeff Fisher as the offensive line coach for the past 14 years and was considered the front-runner for the position as the Titans interviewed various candidates.
"This is a special day for this franchise as one of our former players takes over the team as the head coach," said owner Bud Adams in a statement released by the team. "Mike has been successful at everything he has been associated with at our franchise and I have no reason to believe that he won’t be successful as our head coach.
"He earned Hall of Fame distinction as a player and yearly he has been one of the best offensive line coaches in the NFL. He understands where we have been and knows where we need to go."
Munchak's obviously a "Titans guy" in that he's been with the organization for a long time. And it probably didn't hurt matters much that he played in the NFL with Titans GM Mike Reinfeldt.
"I have known Mike for 30 years and have always had the utmost admiration for him as a person, player and coach," said Reinfeldt. "He is a smart football man, who commands respect and accountability from everyone around him and I am confident that he will be successful. There were many qualified candidates for this position, but Mike makes sense on so many different levels."
Reinfeldt also cited Munchak's "franchise knowledge" as a "great asset."
Although there are plenty of reasons for fans to complain about the hiring, because it comes on the heels of the awkward Jeff Fisher termination and lacks "flash" and whatnot, it's still reasonably impressive that the team will be able to keep some sense continuity going despite getting such a late start on their coaching search.
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