Titans 'grossly outcoached, outplayed': owner
By JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency
|Titans head coach Mike Munchak. (TAMI CHAPPELL/Reuters)
Mike Munchak is the latest NFL head coach whose days might be numbered.
Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams has put Munchak, his staff, his players and indeed the entire organization on notice -- and in no uncertain terms.
"In my 50 years of owning an NFL franchise, I am at a loss to recall a regular-season home game that was such a disappointment for myself and fans of the Titans," Adams told the Tennessean newspaper, following Tennessee's 51-20 spanking by Chicago. "We were grossly outcoached and outplayed from start to finish (on Sunday).
"At this time, all aspects of the organization will be closely evaluated, including front office, coaches and players, over the next seven games. If performance and competitiveness does not improve, I will look at all alternatives to get back to having the Titans become a playoff and championship football team."
Munchak thus joins an overcrowded NFL coaches' hot seat along with the scorched butts of Andy Reid (Philadelphia), Norv Turner (San Diego), Romeo Crennel (Kansas City), Ron Rivera (Carolina) and probably now Jason Garrett (Dallas).
CRENNEL FIRES HIMSELF
Well, kinda. Not as head coach, but as defensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs. Romeo Crennel had been doing both jobs this season, and neither particularly well -- K.C. is 1-7. Crennel said he promoted Gary Gibbs to take over the defence so he can concentrate on overall coaching responsibilities.
The Chiefs also dumped under-performing cornerback Stanford Routt, who signed an $18-million, three-year deal in March.
Minnesota wide receiver Percy Harvin was walking on crutches Monday, and told reporters he sprained his left ankle in three places in Seattle. Harvin is officially day-to-day, but his availability for the Vikings' key home game Sunday vs. Detroit would appear unlikely.
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew will not play Thursday against Indianapolis, and probably will be questionable at best next week as he recovers from a severe ankle sprain.
Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden and his backup, Mike Goodson, have high ankle sprains. Both were hurt Sunday against Tampa Bay. X-rays and an MRI on McFadden were negative. Running backs normally require more than a week to rebound from a high ankle sprain.
As for Buffalo, cornerback Aaron Williams will miss a few weeks (knee), wideout Stevie Johnson should play Sunday at New England (thigh bruise), defensive end Mark Anderson (knee) might require followup surgery but still should be back in a few weeks, and cornerback Terrence McGee is questionable (knee).
After all but writing off the season after Sunday's loss to Carolina, Washington head coach Mike Shanahan backtracked Monday. On Sunday he said the loss would give him "a chance to evaluate players and see where we're at. Obviously, we're not out of it statistically. Now we find out what kind of character we have ... On Monday he told ESPN.com: "To insinuate that I was giving up on the season is completely ridiculous."
If not accurate.
INDY-PATS GAME MOVES
As part of the NFL's late-season flex scheduling policy, next week's Indianapolis at New England game (Nov. 18) has moved from a 1 p.m. start to 4:25 p.m. Baltimore at Pittsburgh remains the Sunday night game next week.
MORE TEBOW TIME?
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan returned from the team's bye week and, of course, was asked about his quarterback situation. In general, he said "we will be doing some different things. Again, I don't want to get into the specifics of it." Asked about Tebow in particular, Ryan said, "I guess we'll see." The 3-5 Jets play at Seattle on Sunday.
COWBOYS' MOVING TARGET
Dallas head coach Jason Garrett pointed to a few plays that prevented his team from staying with undefeated Atlanta on Sunday night. The Cowboys did not turn it over once, but still "didn't do the things (we) needed to do."
LAST BUT NOT LEAST
More fantastic news out of Indianapolis.
Colts head coach Chuck Pagano's leukemia not only is in remission, interim coach Bruce Arians said Monday, but Pagano is expected to return to the sidelines for the team's Dec. 30 finale against visiting Houston.
Pagano began the second of three rounds of chemotherapy on Monday, which Arians said "is going to be really tough."
Pagano's oncologist told the Indianapolis Star that his patient is in remission; the additional chemo is to prevent the cancer from returning. It might take five years for Pagano to be completely clear of the disease.