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JOE BIDDLE: Munchak needs to upgrade staff


Titans owner Bud Adams made the right move by allowing Coach Mike Munchak another year to prove he has the right stuff.

Adams put the ball in Munchak's court when he left future staff and personnel decisions to Munchak.

After seven NFL head coaches lost their jobs on Black Monday, it opens the door for Munchak to upgrade a staff that was assembled during the lockout two years ago. The lockout forced him to have limited choices when he formed his first staff.

Munchak now has a large number of unemployed head coaches and their assistants to evaluate.

Chargers head coach Norv Turner would be at the top of my list. Turner would be a huge upgrade as offensive coordinator and make a statement. Turner may have zero interest, but Munchak should find out for himself. Never know until you ask.

While interim offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains has a promising future, the Titans have no time to allow Loggains to grow into the job. Former Colts offensive coordinator Tom Moore has the credentials, but the Titans don't have Peyton Manning at quarterback and Jake Locker needs someone who can take him to whatever his highest level turns out to be.

Turner, or former Arizona head coach Ken Whisenhunt, would be better choices, although it's a good bet the Chargers will go after Whisenhunt for their head coach.  

If either Turner or Whisenhunt show real interest in the Titans (unlike Peyton Manning interest), then Adams must give them an offer they can't refuse. Money can be no object, if Adams truly wants to take this franchise to the playoffs and beyond. If he is not committed to paying what it takes, then we can look for more years of mediocrity.

Turner and Whisenhunt are food for thought. They are longshots, but there are plenty more available coaches Munchak should consider. There are some solid coordinators and position coaches on teams that lost their head coaches.

It's a perfect opportunity for Munchak to get the best coaches he can find. It's a business, as Munchak will find out if he doesn't get this ship turned around next year.

I would think a priority for Munchak would be to upgrade at defensive coordinator. For much of the year, the Titans defense couldn't tackle, couldn't cover, couldn't sack the quarterback.

They gave up a franchise record number of points this season, and there is no way to sugarcoat that fact. In the next-to-last game of the regular season they gave up 55 points to Green Bay. On the other hand, they do have some good young players that need to form the core of a solid defense.

Time is of the essence.  As he turns 90 Thursday, Bud Adams' age is working against him seeing a playoff team, much less a Super Bowl team.

I would think unemployed coaches would be receptive to Munchak's overtures. He is a first-class person and a head coach that is still learning after years as a Hall of Fame player and highly respected offensive line coach.

The only move Adams made Monday should not affect Munchak. Adams decided former Oilers player Mike Reinfeldt wasn't needed as Senior Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer and fired him.

That places a heavy onus on General Manager Ruston Webster, who has impressed Adams and will be heavily involved in future drafts. With Reinfeldt gone, who becomes the Titans salary cap guru? They have cap room money now, but that can quickly dry up with bad decisions.

The coming days bear watching. These decisions Munchak makes will go a long way in determining how long he is the Titans head coach.

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