So I have been gone for awhile now, but my love for the Tennessee Titans has not left (I have no idea how). There have been many ups and downs recently but I love what team CEO Tommy Smith is doing with the team. Long time owner Bud Adams died this past year at the age of 90 so it was time for a fresh agenda of things to come in Nashville.
The first move the Titans made was a hard one, firing head coach and former hall of fame player Mike Munchak. It cannot be understated the how much Mike meant to the organization. He was with the organization as a player and then a coach since 1982. As a head coach (from 2011-2011) Munchak led the Titans to a record of 22-26, and it was apparent that he was a great position coach, but not a head coach. His loyalty will never be forgotten.
Besides not having much success as a head coach, Mike never really got along with the front office. One of the reasons he was canned was because the front office wanted six of his assistants fired, but he was too loyal to let them go. Thanks for all your years as a Titan and Oiler, and I wish you the best in Pittsburg, but it’s time to move on.
Now for the excitement! Who the hell was Tennessee going to sign as a head coach? Their offense has been dismal, and their defense has been atrocious. Many thought Ken Whisenhunt was the hottest coach on the market and it looked like he was on his way to Detroit, but somehow he came to the Titans.
Ken is known as a quarterback guru and has had success as a head coach in the NFL. He led the Arizona Cardinals to a Super Bowl with future hall of fame quarterback Kurt Warner. As a head coach he has a record of 45-51, and a 4-2 post season record. Last season he was the offensive coordinator for the Chargers, who ended up finishing 5th in total offense. Ken knows how to run an offense.
Ken Whisenhunt should be a tremendous help for Jake Locker to help get his career back on track after an injury plagued start. Whisenhunt should help Jake become a leader and hopefully be a mirror image of former Titan’s great Steve McNair.
Now, the defense has been a mess. There has been so much sloppy play and at times it looked like they would just give up. Whisenhunt brought in defensive coordinator Ray Horton to run the ship. Ray is known as a 3-4 technician with high powered attacking defenses in Arizona and Cleveland. His style will fit nice with the Titans and hopefully he can light a fire under their a**es. As a coach Ray has won two Super Bowls. I am excited to see what he can do with a talented group who has under performed.
Let’s hope this is a start to something great and get this team back on track. It has been a while since the Titans have had tasted success, but it looks like Tommy Smith has made some nice changes for a start. Keep it up Tommy, and go TITANS!