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After finishing 7-9, Tennessee Titans change focus to 2014

 

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Ken Whisenhunt hired as head coach; Titans to pick 11th in NFL Draft

Tennessee TitansNashville, TN – The Tennessee Titans have turned the page on the 2013 season and enter 2014 in the midst of significant change. A new coaching staff has been assembled to guide the team’s youthful roster, and the organization now begins the process of strengthening the core of the team.

On January 13th, Ken Whisenhunt was hired as the 17th head coach in franchise history. He replaced Mike Munchak, who led the team from 2011 through the end of the 2013 campaign. During Munchak’s tenure, the Titans had a record of 22 wins and 26 losses, including a 7-9 mark in 2013.

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Tennessee Titans GM Ruston Webster answers questions about Mike Munchak’s leaving

 

Tennessee TitansNashville, TN – On Saturday afternoon, January 4th, the Tennessee Titans announced that Mike Munchak would be leaving the organization. Later that evening, General Manager Ruston Webster spoke with reporters.

“I want to open up today by first of all by thanking Mike Munchak for all his hard work. I have so much respect for him, not only as a coach but also as a person. We worked extremely well together and I have always appreciated how professional he has been with me in every way, said Webster. “I think I probably respect few people more in this league than I do him.”

Mike Munchak and the Tennessee Titans parted ways Saturday. (Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports)

Mike Munchak and the Tennessee Titans parted ways Saturday. (Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports)

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Tennessee Titans announce the firing of head coach Mike Munchak

 

Nashville, TN - The Tennessee Titans have decided to part ways with head coach Mike Munchak. In a statement released from Titans executive, Rushton Webster, he said the following:

“First I want to thank Mike Munchak for his professionalism through this process and thank him for his years of dedication to the Titans/Oilers organization. He is first-class and I wish him and his family nothing but the best. I also want to praise Tommy Smith for his involvement during the week-long process. He was thorough and thoughtful.

Tennessee Titans fire Mike Munchak

Tennessee Titans fire Mike Munchak

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Tennessee Titans end season with 16-10 win over Houston Texans at LP Field

 

Tennessee TitansNashville, TN – The Tennessee Titans (7-9) beat the Houston Texans (2-14) 16-10 Sunday at LP Field. Down by six with 1:06 remaining, Houston had the ball on their own 9 yard line. On the first play of the drive, Matt Schaub’s pass to wide receiver Keshawn Martin is intercepted by Titan’s safety Michael Griffin at the Houston 39 yard line sealing the win for Tennessee.

Houston started the game by taking their opening drive 63 yards for a touchdown. The drive was capped off by 3 yard touchdown run by Jonathan Grimes. It was Grimes’ first NFL touchdown of his career.

Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) carries the ball as Houston Texans linebacker Jeff Tarpinian (52) tackles during the second half at LP Field. The Titans won 16-10. (Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports)

Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) carries the ball as Houston Texans linebacker Jeff Tarpinian (52) tackles during the second half at LP Field. The Titans won 16-10. (Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports)

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Tennessee Titans finish season against Houston Texans at LP Field

 

Tennessee Titans (6-9) vs. Houston Texans (2-13)

Sunday, December 29th, 2013 | Noon CST
Nashville, TN | LP Field | TV: CBS

Tennessee TitansNashville, TN – The Tennessee Titans (6-9) conclude their 2013 season this week, welcoming the AFC South rival Houston Texans (2-13) to LP Field (capacity 69,143). Kickoff is scheduled for noon CST on Sunday, December 29th.

In the first meeting this season, played on September 15th at Reliant Stadium, the Texans edged the Titans in overtime by a final score of 30-24. The Titans lead 14-9 in the overall series, which dates back to 2002.

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) rushes for a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans during their first meeting this year at Reliant Stadium. The Texans won 30-24:(Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports)

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) rushes for a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans during their first meeting this year at Reliant Stadium. The Texans won 30-24:(Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports)

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Tennessee Titans hold on to beat Jacksonville Jaguars 20-16

 

Tennessee TitansNashville, TN – Down 10 points early in the 3rd quarter, the Tennessee Titans (6-9) come from behind scoring 14 unanswered points to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars (4-11) 20-16 at EverBank Field.

The Titans got the go ahead score when clutch receiver Nate Washington slipped behind the Jaguars defense and hauled in a 30 yard touchdown pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick just 0:29 seconds into the 4th quarter. It was a lead Tennessee would not relinquish.

Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (4) throws the ball during the first half of the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. (Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports)

Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (4) throws the ball during the first half of the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. (Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports)

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Tennessee Titans hit the road to face Jacksonville Jaguars

 

Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013 | 1:00pm EST/Noon CST
EverBank Field | Jacksonville, FL | TV: CBS

Tennessee TitansNashville, TN – This week the Tennessee Titans (5-9) play their final road game of 2013, traveling to face the AFC South rival Jacksonville Jaguars (4-10). Kickoff at EverBank Field (capacity 67,246) is scheduled for 1:00pm EST/noon CST on Sunday, December 22nd.

The Jaguars are the Titans’ longest-standing division rival. In 38 all-time meetings, including playoffs, the Titans hold a 21-17 advantage.

Tennessee Titans receiver Kendall Wright (13).  (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

Tennessee Titans receiver Kendall Wright (13). (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

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Tennessee Titans lose thriller in OT 37-34 to Arizona Cardinals at LP Field

 

Tennessee TitansNashville, TN – Late in the fourth quarter, the Tennessee Titans (5-9) were down 34-17 to the Arizona Cardinals (9-5) when they scored 17 straight points in the final 3:12 to force overtime. The Titans tied the game when quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick connected with Michael Preston for an 8 yard touchdown pass with 0:14 second left to play.

In overtime, Tennessee won the toss. On the third play of the drive, Fitzpatrick’s pass to Preston was intercepted by Antoine  Cason at the Arizona 30 and run back 16 yards. The Cardinals used a heavy dose of runningback Rashard Mendenhall to move the ball to the Titans 23 yard line. From there, Jay Feely kicked a 41 yard field goal to give Arizona a 37-34 victory.

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kendall Wright (13) rushes against Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Daryl Washington (58) during the first half at LP Field. (Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports)

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kendall Wright (13) rushes against Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Daryl Washington (58) during the first half at LP Field. (Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports)

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Tennessee Titans take on Arizona Cardinals at LP Field Sunday

 

Tennessee Titans (5-8) vs. Arizona Cardinals (8-5)

Sunday, December 15th, 2013 | 3:25pm CST
LP Field | Nashville, TN | TV: FOX

Tennessee TitansNashville, TN – This week the Tennessee Titans (5-8) play their first home game since November 14th, hosting the NFC Wild Card hopeful Arizona Cardinals (8-5). The kickoff at LP Field (capacity 69,143) was flexed from its original time and now is scheduled for 3:25pm CST on Sunday, December 15th.

This week’s game will be televised regionally on Fox, including Nashville affiliate WZTV Fox 17. Justin Kutcher will handle play-by-play duties while Charles Davis provides analysis and Kristina Pink reports from the sidelines.

Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) is pursued by Indianapolis Colts cornerback Cassius Vaughn (32) on a 30-yard touchdown run in the first quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at LP Field. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) is pursued by Indianapolis Colts cornerback Cassius Vaughn (32) on a 30-yard touchdown run in the first quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at LP Field. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

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Tennessee Titans lose first half lead to fall 51-28 to Denver Broncos

 

Tennessee TitansNashville, TN – The Tennessee Titans (5-8) went into the 4th quarter down only 6 points to the Denver Broncos (11-2) at Mile High Stadium Sunday afternoon.

But that’s when Peyton Manning went to work taking advantage of a worn down Titans defense to score 17 unanswered points and lead the Broncos to a 51-28 blowout win.

Denver’s Matt Prater hit a 64 yard field goal at the end of the second quarter to set an NFL record.

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter (15) pulls in a forty one yard touchdown reception in the third quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter (15) pulls in a forty one yard touchdown reception in the third quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

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