A day after the national media got hold of what has been stirring for months locally about Mike Munchak's future as the Tennessee Titans coach, Munchak preferred to leave it just there for now - in the future.
Specifically, that future would be after the regular-season's final three games, where Munchak's Titans need to close strongly just to finish 8-8 an perhaps bolster his wavering job security in the eyes of new president Tommy Smith and general manager Ruston Webster.
"l have a chance to talk to everybody then, and say here's what happened, and here's how we go forward, here's the plan and then the decision is made," Munchak said. "I'm not worried about my job for 8-8, but we need to be 8-8 because we've worked so hard, and that's the best we can do. That's our goal at this point, to win these three games and feel good about ourselves,
"We're not happy at 8-8, but it's to help this team going into next year. There's still a lot of players playing well. We're obviously not mathematically out of it yet as far as being officially out of the playoffs."
As Munchak begins to assess just what went right and what went wrong for the Titans in 2013, he knows that this group either underachieved or was over-estimated in the first place. The truth probably lies somewhere in the middle.
At 5-8, the Titans are hardly worthy of being mentioned with the league's top contenders, having failed time and again this season against playoff-type teams like Denver, Seattle, San Francisco and Indianapolis.
In fact, none of Tennessee's five wins this season have come against a team that currently has a winning record. Worse yet, two of their eight losses have to division rivals Jacksonville and Houston, who are a combined 6-20 on the year thus far.
But Munchak does have some things to fall back on as he tries to explain exactly what went wrong with the Titans this season.
First off, losing quarterback Jake Locker to a season-ending foot injury didn't help. It was Locker's second injury this season, and his third major injury in just two years as a starting quarterback. If Locker is to remain in the Titans' plans beyond next year, he will have to show that he can make it through a full 16-game schedule without getting hurt. Even so, Munchak made it sound as if the Titans won't necessarily be putting all their eggs in Locker's basket next year.
"We've obviously got an issue at quarterback with our quarterback getting hurt the last couple of years with Jake," Munchak said. "Look at any team that has lost their quarterback, and it's hard on any team that has had to make that change."
Munchak indicated that while he is in Locker's corner, the Titans will have to explore all options at the position, given the instability there due to Locker's injuries.
When it comes to saying what the Titans can bank on, Munchak does have the fact that his players remain fully supportive of him and his staff. The same could not be said last year when there was much player discontentment that led to the dismissal of offensive coordinator Chris Palmer.
"Our job is to go out there and perform and we believe our coaches are putting us in the best position every Sunday when we go out on the field. We just have to go out and execute and do as we're told," defensive end Kamerion Wimbley said.
The other thing Munchak has going for him is that the Titans do appear to be putting together a decent nucleus. And while there are not yet enough pieces in place, players like Kendall Wright, Justin Hunter, Jurrell Casey and Chance Warmack among others all look like part of a promising foundation.
The question that remains is whether Munchak can do enough over the final three weeks to earn a chance to finish what he has started.