I'm just going to dive right in because there is a lot of information that came out this morning on the Mike Munchak "firing".
Miik Munchak is scheduled to interview today with alma mater, Penn State, after turning down a hefty raise and extension offer from Titans.— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) January 5, 2014
Told last night the #Titans informed Munchak they'd be willing to offer him a contract extension if he'd make changing to his coaching staff— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) January 5, 2014
Munchak wouldn't fire his assistants, however, which led to the parting of ways. Proves the #Titans wanted to keep him. Munchak didn't budge— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) January 5, 2014
The extension offered to Munchak was muilple years - at least two - if he would make more than a dozen staff changes. No go.— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) January 5, 2014
Should fired Mike Munchak be candidate for NFL coach of year after refusing an extension for himself if he fired staff he hired? #principles— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) January 5, 2014
That's why the #Titans were surprised he didn't keep job when offered. They wanted to keep him. He wasn't going for the changes it required— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) January 5, 2014
Sorry for so many tweets, but each offer interesting information that Titans fans should know.
So this is what I take from all of those tweets: Mike Munchak wasn't really fired
Munchak had a chance to grab a multi-year extension, and all he had to do was fire a few bad coaches.
The big one for Munchak was probably firing Bruce Matthews, but none of the coaches on the chopping block deserved to keep their jobs. The other coaches who are rumored to be in trouble were the linebacker coach Chet Parlevecchio and the offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains; both of who underperformed with a talented group of players.
So to put it all in perspective, Munchak wouldn't fire his friends despite the fact that they were doing a bad job coaching their position. Some view this as an admirable show of loyalty, but it is this kind of thinking that would have DOOMED the Titans to mediocrity or worse.
I still wish him all the best, but that "goodbye statement" from last night feels less genuine all of the sudden.