When Mike Munchak was named head coach of the Tennessee Titans a little less than three years ago he was considered a cornerstone of the franchise.
For more than 30 years he was a fixture, first as a Hall of Fame guard then as an assistant coach before he succeeded Jeff Fisher, the team’s all-time winningest coach.
It turned out that he did not hold up the organization. He pointed it in a new direction.
At least that’s the way general manager, who fired Munchak on Saturday, sees it.
“I think Mike was in a fairly difficult situation, in my mind,” Webster said. “I think he was really a bridge between having a long-time, long-tenured coach that had just left and things had been done a certain way and then an older owner who, during his tenure, passed away.
“I think we’ve been in a pretty major transition, and he was part of that. He’s actually made the place better.”
Fisher was fired Jan. 28, 2011 after 273 games on the job (nearly three times more than any other coach in team history), which included the franchise’s only appearance in the Super Bowl.
Franchise owner and founder K.S. “Bud” Adams died on Oct. 21. For more than 50 years, his was the final say on all matters involving the team.
Webster came to the Titans in 2010 as vice president of player personnel and was promoted to general manager following the 2011 season, Munchak’s first as head coach.
In those roles, the two failed to produce a team with a winning record – Tennessee was 6-10 in 2012 and 7-9 in 2013 – but, according to Webster, were of a like mind on most things.
“I think Munch and I always worked together,” Webster said. “We made, really, no decision where I [said] ‘This is what we’re going to do.’ That’s really not the way I work and that wasn’t the eay he worked. We worked together on it.
“…This is part of the business. It’s the hard part. It’s no fun but it is part of the business.”
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