Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak said he isn’t worried about is job security in a season where his team is 4-9 and officially out of the playoff picture.
Munchak said he has not touched base with owner Bud Adams in a couple of weeks, but expects to communicate with him once the season is over to evaluate the club as a whole.
“That’s not my worry or my decision,” Munchak said when asked about his job. “We have to win football games. I get that. I think it’s all about for me that we’re headed in the right direction. I feel we’re doing that. We’re not getting the wins, and I get that, that that’s what I’ll be judged on when it’s all said and done. And that’ll be something for someone else to decide. But seeing how guys are playing when things aren’t going well is a testament to how we’re doing also.”
The Titans blew a 20-7 lead at Indianapolis Sunday, losing 27-23 to the Colts
Still, Munchak stressed that the Titans are going in the right direction as they break in young quarterback Jake Locker and allow him to grow through his mistakes. On Sunday, Locker had two costly interceptions in the second half that helped the Colts rally for the win.
“We put him in position to make a lot of plays. He had over 300 yards of total offense between throwing and running. If I was a fan, I would be excited about his future. He’s gonna be a very, very good quarterback for a long time. He’s played, what, 10 games now. He’s gonna be special,” Munchak said. “He threw some balls to Kenny Britt. He had some great runs early when we called the quarterback draw. You saw his toughness down on the goal line. That’s some good stuff. This guy wants to win, and he takes accountability when he doesn’t do the right stuff. He holds himself to a high standard. People have just got to relax and let him play out. We lose as a team and not just one guy. He’s gonna be a big part of a lot of wins around here.”
Right now, wins have been hard to come by for the Titans, but Munchak believes the team is headed in the right direction.
“We need to win because that’s what we’re supposed to do every Sunday. (Being fired) that’s not crossing my mind if we end up with four wins or five wins or six. To me, it doesn’t matter this point. If we end up with seven, that’s not good enough,” Munchak said. “The goal is to win these next three, but to me, we need to be in the playoffs. Is our goal that we came on strong the last three or four weeks? No, that’s not our goal. Our goal is to be in the playoffs. But that’s where we are, so that is our goal right now to win these three games and to build confidence in these guys.
“We’re gonna keep battling through this thing and not feeling sorry for ourselves and worrying about the consequences at the end of the season. If you do things like that, then you start getting blown away if you start worrying about what’s gonna happen three weeks from now. This is gonna be a very good football team here.”