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Tennessee fires coach

NASHVILLE — Mike Munchak, who had spent 31 seasons with the Titans franchise, was fired as its coach Saturday.

"In the end, we were not able to agree on the future or the direction of the franchise, and I felt it was time to make a change," said general manager Ruston Webster, whose team hasn't reached the playoffs since 2008 and last won a playoff game in January 2003.

Munchak, 53, became the seventh coach fired since the end of this season. In a statement issued through the team, he said he had hoped this day would never come and he couldn't express his sadness at leaving a franchise he had been with for more than 30 years.

Munchak had a season left on his contract and was 22-26 over three seasons. He had been with the franchise since 1982, when the then-Oilers made the guard out of Penn State the eighth overall pick of the draft. He joined the coaching staff as an assistant in 1994, the year after he retired.

This season, he went 7-9, losing six games by one possession but winning six games decided by one possession. "My goal as head coach was to do things the right way with the right people, and I felt confident that the results would follow," he said. "Sometimes, rebuilding a team and its culture takes time, but I … believe we were on the verge of great things. Unfortunately, my vision did not match that of the organization, so we will part ways."

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Texans: Former Browns and Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel will be named defensive coordinator, Fox Sports reported. Wade Phillips, the club's interim coach after Gary Kubiak was fired, had hoped to remain as coordinator. But new coach Bill O'Brien told all assistants they will not be retained. Crennel was defensive coordinator for the Browns in 2000, Patriots from 2001-04 and Chiefs from 2010-11.

Vikings: Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles will interview on Monday, the NFL Network reported.

Tennessee fires coach 01/04/14 [Last modified: Saturday, January 4, 2014 9:20pm]

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