2013 DRAFT GUIDE
Munchak looking for boost in Titans' offense

    2012-11-29 03:17

(Updates. With AP Photos.)
By TERESA M. WALKER
AP Sports Writer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Mike Munchak has made his biggest move yet as head coach of the Tennessee Titans.

He has put Tennessee's offense - and possibly his future - in the hands of 32-year-old quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains.

Munchak fired offensive coordinator Chris Palmer on Monday night and gave the job to an assistant who will call his first NFL plays Sunday when the Titans host the Texans (10-1).

His motivation is pretty simple.

Owner Bud Adams put everyone in the franchise on notice last month, even Munchak, who has worked for this team 30 years as a player, assistant coach and now head coach. Munchak, with 2013 the last season of his contract, said their jobs are all on the line with a 4-7 record.

``This is just something we're hoping is a fix to something that was going on,'' Munchak said Wednesday. ``Hopefully it'll lead to helping us play a lot better the next five weeks. Things go well, I hope we're all back. I think it's something we can all work out. We'll see.''

The Titans boasted during the preseason about all the playmakers they had on offense - from running back Chris Johnson to Kenny Britt and Kendall Wright at receiver and tight end Jared Cook. Instead, they've been inconsistent from game to game and series to series. Munchak had enough after the Titans had to settle for five field goal attempts in losing 24-19 last weekend at Jacksonville.

Johnson and the run game rebounded from a start that had Tennessee ranked last in the NFL after five weeks and now ranks 19th. Johnson is sixth in the NFL with 942 yards and is averaging 4.9 yards per carry. But with Jake Locker hurting his non-throwing shoulder Sept. 30 and missing five straight starts, the passing game is 20th with time of possession 30th in the league.

Munchak said they'd been frustrated most of this season and the high expectations didn't help. The struggles in Jacksonville made him realize he had no reason to wait any longer needing to try and win the final five games. The decision was all his, though he discussed the move with the general manager and the chief operating officer before calling Adams.

``If it doesn't work, then I'm the one that made these decisions,'' Munchak said.

The Titans sounded pretty happy with the change in coordinators from the 63-year-old Palmer to someone who hasn't even been alive as long as the man he replaced had spent coaching.

Locker, who will make his seventh career start Sunday, called the change a different style.

``Coach Palmer was more of a run and shoot, there's a lot of different options,'' Locker said. ``That's not as much a part of what coach Loggains does offensively, so I think there's some differences there in that. Again, you can't go in and change everything with a week's time to get ready for an NFL game.''

His teammates weren't as cautious about the changes.

Asked if he could see nuances already with Loggains having less than 48 hours to put together his first game plan, Cook smiled widely and called the differences ``pretty awesome.'' He said the scheme is similar to what the late Mike Heimerdinger ran as coordinator here between 2008 and 2010.

``It has a lot of Dinger in it, which is pretty cool,'' Cook said. ``This is going to be another different story on Sunday. That's when we're really going to see what's up and see what kind of plays are going to be called. Right now it's pretty cool.''

Wright, who leads NFL rookies and is the team leader with 48 catches, said there might have been issues previously with the options receivers had in their routes.

``I think everybody will notice a difference come Sunday, so we'll just have to wait and see,'' Wright said.

Houston coach Gary Kubiak was friends with Heimerdinger, who died in September 2011. Kubiak said Heimerdinger thought the world of Loggains, who had worked with Vince Young and Kerry Collins to Matt Hasselbeck and Locker.

``Obviously Mike does too, to give him this opportunity,'' Kubiak said.

Loggains also worked under Norm Chow and spent his first season in the NFL in Dallas when Bill Parcells and Sean Payton were with the Cowboys. Munchak said Loggains, a native of Arkansas and former quarterback in college for the Razorbacks, is an energetic ``football junkie'' who studies the game.

And Munchak is not worried about Loggains making his debut Sunday calling plays from the sideline.

``Everyone has got to have a first time,'' Munchak said.

NOTES: LB Colin McCarthy did not practice Wednesday after developing concussion symptoms after last week's loss. Munchak said the injury could not be pinned on any specific play, and now they have to wait and see if the linebacker can be cleared before Sunday's game. ... S Al Afalava (ankle) practiced fully after being hurt Nov. 4. DE Derrick Morgan (knee) did not practice but could return Thursday.

---

Follow Teresa M. Walker on Twitter: http://twitter.com/teresamwalker

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Aldon SmithApr 17 09:32p

The San Francisco 49ers do not plan on releasing LB Aldon Smith this offseason. Smith is expected to be suspended at the beginning of the season, but the length [ More ]

Chris JohnsonApr 17 08:52p

New York Jets RB Chris Johnson (knee) said he expects to receive medical clearance to resume football activities in the near future. He underwent knee surgery in January but [ More ]

Sebastian VollmerApr 17 08:42p

New England Patriots OG Logan Mankins said OT Sebastian Vollmer (leg) has looked good this offseason while he recovers from the broken leg he suffered during the 2013 season.

Chris SneeApr 17 07:32p

New York Giants OG Chris Snee (hip, elbow) is expected to participate when offseason workouts begin next week even though he is not 100 percent.

Rolando McClainApr 17 06:02p

The Baltimore Ravens reinstated LB Rolando McClain from the reserve/retired list Thursday, April 17.

Russell AllenApr 17 05:02p

The Jacksonville Jaguars released LB Russell Allen, WR Jabin Sambrano and DEs Will Pericak and D'Aundre Reed Thursday, April 17.

Chad JohnsonApr 17 02:22p

Free-agent WR Chad Johnson (Patriots) signed with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League Thursday, April 17.

Brian CushingApr 17 01:32p

Houston Texans LB Brian Cushing (knee) was medically cleared Thursday, April 17.

LaMichael JamesApr 17 10:04a

According to a league source, the San Francisco 49ers have been shopping RB LaMichael James. He finds himself behind RBs Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and perhaps Marcus Lattimore on [ More ]

Mike BrownApr 16 11:33p

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Mike Brown signed his exclusive-rights free agent deal Wednesday, April 16.

Eli ManningApr 16 11:33p

Former New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said in a radio interview this week that it is 'ludicrous' to say QB Eli Manning is declining. 'There's been no [ More ]

Sidney RiceApr 16 08:03p

The Seattle Seahawks are re-signing WR Sidney Rice to an undisclosed one-year deal Wednesday, April 16, according to sources.

Dwayne BoweApr 16 07:03p

Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe pleaded guilty Wednesday, April 16, after being arrested last November for marijuana possession. He pleaded guilty to lesser charges of littering and defective [ More ]

Arian FosterApr 16 04:53p

The Houston Texans may consider selecting a running back during the middle rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft that could become RB Arian Foster's backup in the future.

Chris JohnsonApr 16 04:43p

The New York Jets signed RB Chris Johnson to a two-year deal worth $8 million, with another $1 million in incentives available.

Terrelle PryorApr 16 04:33p

The Oakland Raiders hope to trade QB Terrelle Pryor before the start of the offseason program Monday, April 21.

Clay MatthewsApr 16 04:13p

Green Bay Packers LB Clay Matthews (thumb) said he likely will be limited during offseason workouts because of his surgically repaired thumb.

Chris JohnsonApr 16 03:53p

The New York Jets will use RBs Chris Johnson and Chris Ivory as a tandem this upcoming season and have them split carries. RB Bilal Powell will be the team's No. 3 running back.

Dan SkutaApr 16 03:33p

San Francisco 49ers LB Dan Skuta (foot) is not expected to need surgery on the foot injury that bothered him during the 2013 season. Skuta met with a foot [ More ]

Gus BradleyApr 16 02:53p

Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell and head coach Gus Bradley watched Georgia QB Aaron Murray participate in his pro day Wednesday, April 16.

Reggie BushApr 16 02:13p

Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said RBs Reggie Bush and Joique Bell likely will receive similar workloads this upcoming season than they did during the 2013 season. Bush [ More ]

Cheta OzougwuApr 16 01:53p

The Chicago Bears have waived DE Cheta Ozougwu.

Mike JamesApr 16 12:53p

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Mike James (ankle) said he is happy with the progress he has made in his recovery from an ankle injury and that he has been [ More ]

Carson PalmerApr 16 12:43p

Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer said he would understand if the team selects a quarterback during the 2014 NFL Draft, because he knows the team has to think about [ More ]

Josh FreemanApr 16 12:23p

The New York Giants have agreed to terms with free-agent QB Josh Freeman (Vikings). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Rolando McClainApr 16 12:13p

Updating previous reports, retired LB Rolando McClain failed his conditioning tests during his workout with the Baltimore Ravens. The test consisted of six timed 150-yard runs.

Golden TateApr 16 10:53a

Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate said he thinks he can be a 'more explosive Lance Moore,' referring to the former New Orleans Saints receiver. Moore caught 65 passes for [ More ]

Matt FlynnApr 16 10:01a

Green Bay Packers QB Matt Flynn is expected to compete with QB Scott Tolzien for the backup quarterback job, but head coach Mike McCarthy anticipates keeping three QBs on [ More ]

Rolando McClainApr 16 12:03a

Retired LB Rolando McClain (Ravens) worked out for the Baltimore Ravens Tuesday, April 15, as he attempts a comeback. The workout wasn't a smooth one in terms of conditioning, [ More ]

Chris JohnsonApr 16 12:03a

The New York Jets are sticking to their budget/value system. While they want free-agent RB Chris Johnson (Titans), they will not 'overpay' for him. The depressed running back market [ More ]

Aldon SmithApr 16 12:03a

San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith hasn't only lost the benefit of the doubt with the team, but he probably won't play with the team in 2014, according to [ More ]

Malcom FloydApr 15 11:53p

San Diego Chargers WR Malcom Floyd (neck) continues his rehab from a neck injury, but his status is still uncertain. When the team begins voluntary workouts April 22, Floyd [ More ]

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2014 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group