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Delanie Walker: Mike Munchak lost his job because of ‘cancers’

mike-munchakThe Tennessee Titans looked like they could be in for a good year in 2013 when they started out the season by winning three out of four against quality opponents. Then the wheels fell off and they lost eight of their next ten, closing out the season with two wins that did not mean a whole lot.

Delanie Walker, who set careers highs in receptions (60), yards (571) and touchdowns (6) in his first year with the team, said on Thursday that the Titans had several “cancers” in their locker room that dragged the team down.

“When we started losing more games, we got to see it more and more, it was just like it was falling apart,” Walker told The Midday 180 in Nashville, via ESPN.com. “And the players that were the cancer were dragging other players into that box with them, and the box was getting bigger and bigger. At first, it was just a small box. The box just got bigger and bigger.

“Everybody [saw] it. So I feel like these coaches are going to come in, they’re going to watch film and they’re going to see. They’re going to see what type of players that want to be here and don’t want to be here, and he’s going to get rid of them. I feel that’s what type of coach [recently hired coach Ken Whisenhunt is].”

Walker said there were up to six players who qualified as “cancers,” though he would not say who. He said there were a number of players who wanted out and “didn’t care” if the team won or lost. He also said those players cost Mike Munchak his job after a promising start.

“I felt like that is why Munchak is not back with the Tennessee Titans, because we had players like that that really let him down,” Walker said. “They didn’t show up to play for him. They really didn’t care if Munchak had a job or not.”

While Walker said a lot of the “cancers” had issues with money, you can’t help but think one of the players he was talking about is Chris Johnson. Johnson has blamed his offensive line for struggles and made it clear that he will not take a pay cut to remain in Tennessee. Many believe he will not be back with the Titans next season. I’d be shocked if he wasn’t one of Walker’s six.

Bernard Pollard: Mike Munchak works us like Hebrew slaves

Bernard Pollard RavensTennessee Titans safety Bernard Pollard says he has been so busy with football that he hasn’t had much free time to follow other things, but he used a questionable comparison to make his point.

Pollard, who used to play for the Houston Texans, joined Sports Radio 610 in Houston’s Josh Innes and Rich Lord on Friday and was asked whether he’s had a chance to keep up on TV show “Teen Mom” they know he watches. Pollard said he hasn’t because Titans coach Mike Munchak is working them like “Hebrew slaves.”

“You know what? I watched an episode a week or two ago. I’ve been slacking. Coach Munchak has been working us like Hebrew slaves. It’s been crazy out here. I didn’t realize it was as hot as it was in Nashville. With Coach Munchak pouring it on us, and you gotta get back to the family, I feel dead when I get home.”

Pollard was joking around the entire interview, so the line was said in somewhat of a comedic fashion. I didn’t think it was too funny.

Slavery is a crime against humanity. Slaves are forced to work against their will, unlike professional football players who give their consent and are well compensated to practice. It’s a sensitive subject to ever bring up. Maybe Pollard needs to read the story of Passover to familiarize himself with the history of the matter before using it as a comparison in the future.

via John McClain

Titans owner Bud Adams seems ready to fire Mike Munchak

mike-munchakThe Tennessee Titans were destroyed 55-7 by the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, and the team’s latest brutal loss may cost head coach Mike Munchak his job.

Titans owner Bud Adams said on Sunday he was so disgusted by the game that he turned off the TV before the game ended. He also sounded like a man prepared to fire Munchak.

“I like Mike, I really do,” Adams told The Tennesseean Sunday. “But liking him and getting the job done are two different things,” Adams said. “If he is not getting the job done, that is what I have to find out. Right now, we are not looking very good. Something is wrong and I want to find out what the problem is and what needs to be done to fix it.”

The Titans are rebuilding with second-year player Jake Locker at quarterback. Locker was 13-for-30 for 140 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. Adams says the offensive line was problematic.

“[Locker] didn’t have a chance,” Adams said. “They were on him like a dog on a cat. He was kind of fighting for his life.”

Adams told The Tennesseean he plans to talk with Munchak and the front office after the season before making any decisions. He wants to find out what Munchak thinks is wrong with the team. He also says he hears complaints from fans and empathizes with them.

“I’ll be 90 years old on my next birthday on January 3. I am in good health, but it is a chore to fly up to Nashville and when I get up there I don’t like to see them play poorly. The fans are not happy with me. I need to figure out what I need to do to make things work and see if changes need to be made.”

Munchak heard about Adams’ comments, and he hopes the owner will show patience with the team.

“You can’t lose perspective of the fact that sometimes it takes a little longer to build something than one season or a season-and-a-half,” Munchak said Monday, per The Tennessean. “We’ve had one offseason here since I have been head coach, so we haven’t had a lot of time with the players. We have a short period of time to fix it, but I feel very confident that we will.

“But I feel good about how we are going to get there, and it will be up to Mr. Adams to see if he agrees with me.”

You may recall that Adams put the entire organization on notice last month following the team’s embarrassing 51-20 home loss to the Bears. Between that defeat and this one, I think we know which direction Adams is leaning. Get ready to return to assistant coach life, Munch.