The Titans were able to escape Houston with a win but about nothing else went right for them to sneak into the playoffs. The Bengals fell to the Ravens, just like the Titans needed, but everything else they needed to happen didn’t. The Jets lost to the Dolphins, the Broncos lost to the Chiefs and the Raiders lost to the Chargers.
Munchak spoke about the Titans missing the playoffs.
“I was proud of the guys for bouncing back the last two weeks and putting ourselves in the position to reach the playoffs, but we also put ourselves in the position of needing help and it didn’t work out for us today,” Munchak said.
The Titans were in every game but two this season — Week 5 at Pittsburgh (38-17) and at home in Week 7 to Houston (41-7). However, they can point to any one of their other five losses — a 16-14 loss at Jacksonville in Week 1, a 24-17 loss to Cincinnati in Week 9, a 23-17 loss at Atlanta in Week 11, a 22-17 loss to New Orleans in Week 14, or a 27-13 loss at Indianapolis in Week 15 as reasons they missed out on the postseason.
Still, a 9-7 record in Munchak’s first season has to be considered a success — especially when most analysts predicted five or six wins at best. At the time, they said the Titans were in arguably the NFL’s most challenging position with a new head coach, new offensive and defensive coordinators, and a new quarterback with no off-season to speak of coming out of the lockout.
That sums up almost all my feelings about the Titans season. It was an impressive one and they were in almost every game they lost. You can’t ask for much more.