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No Decisions Final From Titans On Coach Mike Munchak

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - After leading the Titans to back to back losing seasons, head coach Mike Munchak will have to wait to learn his fate with the team.

Munchak flew to Texas on the Adams family plane Friday, spending the day in meetings with CEO Tommy Smith and general manager Ruston Webster before coming back to Nashville. 

The plane went into a private hanger where Munchak got into his truck and drove away without speaking with the media.

Initial reports indicated Munchak was given another chance to prove what he could do with the team, but both Smith and Webster released statements through the Titans, saying they had not yet decided what to do with the three-year coach. 

"Today I sat down with Ruston and Mike and we discussed every coach and player on the roster. We had good discussions, but no final decisions were made," said Smith. 

The statement said Smith intended to start reviewing every aspect of the football operations begining in early January.

"The three of us (Webster, Smith, Mike Munchak) met all day today in Houston. We had a good conversation in regards to the team and moving forward. Nothing final has been decided at this point, but we hope to have a decision soon," said Webster. 

Earlier in the week, Munchak said he strongly believed he had his team headed in the right direction after guiding them to a 7-9 record this season. 

Munchak has one year left on his four year contract. He has a 22-26 overall record as the head coach with the Titans, although his career with the team goes back 32 years as a coach and player.

The team had to play without starting quarterback Jake Locker, who injured his hip in the fourth game of the season. With Locker healthy, the Titans started 3-1, with the one loss coming in overtime to the Houston Texans. 

After Locker's injury, the team finished the rest of the season 4-8. 

The Titans last winning season was in 2011, when they went 9-7. The team's last run in the playoffs was in 2008, when they were upset at home to the Baltimore Ravens. 

Munchak's meeting in Houston comes at a time when several NFL coaches already lost their jobs.

Already fired were Minnesota's Leslie Frazier, Washington's Mike Shanahan, Detroit's Jim Schwartz, and Tampa Bay's Greg Schiano. Tampa Bay also fired their general manager, Cleveland Browns coach Rob Chudzinski was fired earlier in the season. 

The end-of-year meeting between Titans' owner Bud Adams and the head coach was not an unusual occurrence, but this is the first year the meeting has been conducted with Smith, Adams' son-in-law who took over as CEO after the former owner's passing at the age of 90. 

Two weeks before the end of the season, Smith said he would wait before deciding what to do with the team. 

"I'm disappointed because I like winning," Smith said. "I don't like losing. We're not in the losing business. We're in the winning business. It's nice to be competitive and say you got close. But like everyone says it's like kissing your sister. We're not into that. I'm happy with the talent we brought in, so from a dollar standpoint I think we got value worth there, but we've got a lot of work to do."

At that point, the Titans had a 5-9 record, and went on to win their last two games. Before their last loss, the team was still in contention for the final playoff spot, despite their weak record. 

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