Titans owner puts entire organization on notice

The Titans’ latest effort — or lack thereof — has caught the attention of owner Bud Adams.

And not for good reason. At all.

Following the team’s embarrassing 51-20 loss to the Bears on Sunday, a disgusted Adams delivered a message to the entire organization: get better or get out.

“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 said, via The Tennessean. “We were grossly outcoached and outplayed from start to finish today.

“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.”

Barring a miraculous turnaround, the Titans, 3-6, are all but out of the postseason race. If wholesale changes do occur, one of the first victims would be head coach Mike Munchak, who knows the writing may be on the wall.

“If a team underperforms, I’m the first guy you should look at for that, not anybody else, not assistant coaches, it starts with me,” Munchak said. “If we don’t finish this season the way it should, then what needs to happen will happen. Sure it starts with me, I’m the head coach. …

“We’re getting ahead of ourselves here — we’ve got seven games to play, so we’ll worry about what it means when we see how we finish up. We didn’t coach well, we didn’t play well and obviously we got beat by a very good football team today.”

It’s not that the Titans have just been bad in 2012 … they’ve been really, really bad. Whether it’s due to running back Chris Johnson’s extraordinarily slow start or a defense that’s already allowed 308 points, Tennessee is scraping the bottom of the NFL barrel, and its players seem like they’re simply going through the motions.

The loss to Chicago, in which the Titans were trailing 28-2 through one quarter of play, highlighted the club’s many deficiencies and non-competitive nature. It was so off-putting that Adams actually left the stadium and headed home after the third quarter.


“I am upset with how we are playing and what we are doing,” he said. “I just can’t be flying up there to see that happen.”

The remaining games basically constitute an open audition for those wanting to retain their jobs in 2013. Though, if things continue at the current pace, Adams is fully ready to play judge, jury, and executioner.

Zack Kelberman
An award-winning sportswriter, reporter and blogger, Zack currently serves as the Miami Dolphins live correspondent and Team Stream curator for Bleacher Report. He's also a freelance NFL writer and the founder/editor-in-chief of Helmet2Helmet. His work has appeared on media outlets such as ESPN, Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports, MSN.com, FanSided.com, and About.com. Zack can be reached on Twitter (@ZackKelberman) or via email (zpkelb@gmail.com).
  • criolle johnny

    Mike Munchak as a first round draft pick for this team in 1982. He played for the team for eleven years and has been a coach since 1994.
    He has given THIRTY YEARS to the Oilers/Titans organization.
    He deserves better than the owner, and the team are giving him.

  • Beverly

    Bud Adams should first start with himself! He was the one who passed on Jay Cutler (who wanted to play for Tennessee) in the draft to insist on Vince Young despite what all his coaches wanted at the time, and see how well that turned out? This year, he threw his hat in the ring for Peyton Manning and lost to Denver and while all that was going on, that kept the Titans from negotiating for some real meat in their defense in free agency! So the Titans wound up losing Manning and any chance on getting those defensive guys who could have seriously helped!

  • A.D.

    I have been an Oiler/Titan fan for as long as I can remember, I can rightfully say that the coaching sucks. The Titans Organization needs a coach that is not afraid to tell these players to play hard and for the love of the game. A better Offensive and Defensive Coordinator is needed. Munchak is great, he has the given the organization his all and deserves better, something at the front office. A former great player and a coach but bottom line, he is not a good head coach. He makes a great assistant.

  • Austin

    I’ve been a season ticket holder since the Oilers/Titans have been in Tennessee. I’ve never been so embarrassed by the lack of effort shown Sunday against the Bears. It starts with the head coach and goes down. We need some wholesale changes, including the players. If they want to just collect those paychecks and do nothing to earn the pay, they should go. I’d rather start over with all rookies who at least will put forth some effort.