Munchak: Offensive continuity was priority

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Offensive continuity was a primary issue for Mike Munchak as he decided he couldn’t stay on as head coach of the Tennessee Titans given the conditions his bosses set forth for him.

Among the coaches Munchak was asked to part with was offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains. Loggains seemed like a line in the sand for Munchak, who didn’t think the offense or quarterback Jake Locker would be well served by a third coordinator in four season.

He spoke on The Wake Up Zone in Nashville Tuesday morning.

“I think it’s a disruption,” Munchak said to a general question about his differences with team brass. “I think you want continuity to some degree.”

Munchak spoke of how he already reshaped his coaching staff a year ago. Loggains took over as offensive coordinator with five games remaining in 2012. Shawn Jefferson took over receivers, Sylvester Croom took over running backs and George Henshaw took over tight ends after the 2012 season while Dave Ragone moved from receivers to quarterbacks.

“Last year we put a lot of time and effort into reshaping the offensive side of the coaching staff,” Munchak said. “When you reshape something, it’s for a lot of reasons. It’s getting the right people working together. You’re taking the noise out of the building as far as the coaching noise as far as guys not agreeing. I thought we had a good group of guys that were all going the right direction. ...

“Certain things were working. When you start making changes, it affects what coaches come and go, it affects your relationships with the players, it changes the progress of what you have already going on in a lot of areas. That’s my thinking. If the change was necessary, there is no doubt I would have done it.”

Losing Locker hurt, of course. But even given some allowance for operating without their starting quarterback, the lack of overall progress on offense that translated into more wins was something for which Munchak couldn’t sufficiently answer.