by Aaron Wilson
January 06, 02014
It was an emotional departure for Mike Munchak after being fired by the Tennessee Titans.
Munchak had been with the organization since 1982 as a player and coach.
He went 7-9 last season and 22-26 overall in three seasons as the head coach.
Munchak told the Tennessean that he just didn't agree with the Titans' ownership wanting to fire so many of his coaches and wouldn't agreed to do so to save his own job after being offered an extension.
“I can’t fire someone when I don’t believe they should be fired. Firing someone is awful. Too many people were going to be affected,’’ Munchak said. “I didn’t do anything to look like I was a great, loyal guy who went above and beyond the call of duty by not firing coaches. I did what you should do and what I thought was right. For me to maintain a job and a lot of guys lose jobs on a plan I didn’t think was right, I couldn’t do that. I’ll make tough decisions, but not if they’re not right.”
Munchak was going to have to let go offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains and defensive coordinator Jerry Gray along with two of his best friends, offenwsive line coach Bruce Matthews and linebackers coach Chet Parlavecchio.
“It wasn’t just about Chet or Bruce," Munchak said. "People say, ‘Those are Munch’s guys.’ It was about the big picture. A lot of guys were going to be affected. If it was the right thing to do, I would do it. I have fired offensive coordinators (Chris Palmer) before. And I let go of a special teams coach (Alan Lowry).
“It’s not like ‘Munch isn’t here anymore because he wouldn’t fire two guys.’ In my eyes, that’s not what we disagreed on. There was more to it than that. Obviously they made it easy. They fired all of us so they could start over.”
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun