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Titans CEO Tommy Smith speaks; what did he really say?

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Tennessee Titans CEO Tommy Smith emerged from the shadows yesterday to talk about Mike Munchak, Jake Locker and Chris Johnson.

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Jim Wyatt was able to speak with new Titans CEO Tommy Smith yesterday.  He had quite a lot to say, but in the end he didn't really say anything that we didn't already know.  Smith likes Munchak, much like all of us who have cheered for this team for years, but knows that the results on the field have not been good enough.

Here is what he told Wyatt about the decision on Munchak's future:

"It’s awful," Smith said in a phone interview on Tuesday. "I have known Mike for 30 years, and it’s hard to find someone of higher character, with greater integrity than Mike Munchak. He is a very intelligent guy and a good man. We would like things to work out for Mike in that capacity."

Again, I think we all really WANT it to work out with Munch, but it just hasn't to this point on the field.

It sounds to me like the Titans need to win 2 out of these last 3 for Munchak to keep his job. That is really just speculation on my part, but that is not an unreasonable request considering 2 of those games are against teams that will be picking the top-5 in the draft.

Smith also told Wyatt that he is pleased with the effort that Chris Johnson gives on the field:

"Chris has done nothing but what he’s been asked to do there. He suits up and he plays every game. I think they need to figure out how to use him and his skill set better, but he has been a good teammate and a good player," Smith said. "Chris, like every player, we are looking at all of them. …We are evaluating each and every position on this team, and we are only going to keep players we think will contribute and earn their keep."

All of that is nice, but is it worth $8 million next year? That is the question that will have to be answered.

Smith also had praise for Jake Locker based on what the personnel people are telling him. Here's to hoping that all comes together.