Oct 20, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak prior to the game against the San Francisco 49ers at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports
This last week for anything related to the Tennessee Titans was kind of started with a long, deep sigh of sadness.
First off, we lost our last game to the San Francisco 49ers in a game that was just ugly to watch and one that took a major gut-shot to all Titans faithful. Then, we had to witness the Indianapolis Colts gain another game on us within the division as they picked up a good win against the Denver Broncos. Finally, we wake up to hearing that our beloved owner, Bud Adams, passed away.
Talk about one heck of a bad start to the week for the Titans and its fans. In the midst of everything happening around the Titans, I found an article that sparked my interest and one that made me try to wrap my head around something that may help this team moving forward.
A fired up Mike Munchak and a fired up staff behind him.
The article/post I am referring to is here. Look past the points behind his response to the death of Adams (make of that what you will) and more on the fact of him embracing what it takes to be an NFL coach.
I’m not saying that I have given up hope on this season. I’m not saying I’ve thrown in the towel. I’m not saying I don’t think Munchak can’t turn this season around. I believe all of that can happen and I’m still very optimistic that it will.
What I’m saying is take a look at the coach who stood opposite of Munchak on Sunday. Say what you want about Jim Harbaugh, but his energy on the field and around his team on Sunday was contagious. He got fired up, upset, angry, and every other descriptive word in the book for his team.
Back to Munchak, standing there with his arms crossed and a blank stare that simply states, “I’m angry, but I won’t show it nor will I show displeasure towards my team.” He goes for the whole, no emotion approach, and while he pulls it off quite well, it just simply doesn’t work and this team needs more.
This team needs him to get fired up, make some noise on the sidelines. I’m not asking for a second Bernard Pollard nor do I think anyone is asking that of him, but it would be nice to see him get fired up, excited, or even sometimes angry.
I’m not saying Munchak can’t win games nor am I jumping the gun proclaiming it’s time for a new coach. I am simply stating that a little fire from Munchak could be what this team needs to restart the engine.
Let’s be honest…if something isn’t done and this team doesn’t light a fire it’s going to be a long season and Munchak could see the end of his coaching days in Nashville.