Word broke last night/this morning that Mike Munchak's contract is actually a year longer than anyone had reported, running through the end of the 2014 season. The immediate question is does this but Munchak one more year as the head man for the Titans, or does it simply mean that Bud would have to eat another $3 million should he part ways with the HOFer in a few months. The popular consensus is that it doesn't matte much because, outside of Fisher, Bud has historically had a quick trigger when it comes to firing coaches.
However, I see it differently. Mike Munchak is in a different place than the likes of Jack Pardee, Jerry Glanville, or the slew of guys who preceded Fisher. Munchak has been a loyal soldier for Bud Adams for over three decades, and his tenure has featured just as many good years and bad ones, so far. Essentially, my own guess is that Bud would like to find any decent reason to give Munchak one more fair shot at proving he is the coach who can bring home a championship for Bud, and the extra year on that contract is just another checkmark in that column. While Bud has never been one to hesitate to move a coach when it's needed, he's also never been a big fan of buying out multiple years on any coach's contract.
Additionally, Bud has said publically that pulling the plug on Bum Phillips is one of his greatest regrets as owner of the franchise, and the specter of that decision could loom large as he debates whether or not to dump Munch after two years.
If the Titans can't manage to win on Monday, or against the Jaguars, then all bets are off, but if Munch can squeeze one or two more wins out of the remaining three games, I wouldn't be shocked one bit to see Bud come out and guarantee that Munchak gets at least one more safe years in Nashville. It won't be a terribly popular decision for the fans, but Bud Adams is rarely influenced by popular opinion if he thinks he can win with his own instincts.
Munchak's contract may run for four years, but the coordinators and assistants he hired will all be without contracts at the end of the league year unless they're re-signed in the mean time.
Kenny Britt finally broke through with the kind of performance we'd expect from the WR if he was healthy and had his head on straight, but Britt was quick to note on Thursday that his knees are still an issue holding him back. Britt's left knee still gives him some pain and stiffness, and only the rest of the offseason is going to give it a chance to heal up to 100%.
Colin McCarthy hasn't been healthy enough to return to practice since he suffered a concussion two weeks ago, and the Titans (prudently) won't let him return until he's completely symptom free.
The MNF football crew is probably pretty happy to hear that Tim Tebow will be activate for Monday's game, which gives them another subject to discuss when they get bored with our game in the 3rd quarter.