Not a shocker: Bud Adams wants payoff

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- It’s a traditional pattern in professional sports. Team has a bad season. Its general manager and coach say they need to upgrade the talent. Owner signs big checks. Owner says he expects a payoff.

Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean spoke to Titans owner Bud Adams Thursday, and Adams fulfilled the final step.

“I didn’t spend that money for nothing,” Adams told Wyatt with a chuckle.

“We have the talent in there, and now we have to put it to work. I think we’re going to have a good team, and I’ll be real unhappy if we don’t. We put out a lot of money to get what we got and I think we have some people who can get us in the championship.”

It’s paint-by-numbers owner talk.

Earlier in a conversation with several of us who cover the team, coach Mike Munchak said he has talked to Adams during the preseason and anticipated talking with him Friday.

"He just wants success," Munchak said. "He just wants us to win and be playing in January, which I assume all of us want. We all know what the expectations are for all of us. That's something we won't talk a whole lot about."

They may not talk about it, but Munchak’s future will be a primary theme in Nashville and among Titans fans if the Titans don’t make a big improvement on last year’s 6-10 record. The team starts with difficult road games against the Pittsburgh Steelers and the defending AFC South champion Houston Texans.

The Titans spent more than $100 million on free agents, including guard Andy Levitre, tight end Delanie Walker, defensive tackle Sammie Lee Hill and safety Bernard Pollard.

At the first public practice of training camp, Munchak took a microphone and told the crowd, “Believe me, we will not disappoint you this year.”

There is nothing else he could say or think.

Like a lot of other people, his boss now needs to see it.