How quickly things can change in the NFL.
A year ago, the Tennessee Titans seemed poised to finally make a run into the playoffs and build around the most talented running back in the league. They had a pass rush, a great front seven, and a quarterback that was primed to make his mark. The season changed all of that, and ended with the releases of Jeff Fisher and Vince Young.
And now, Mike Heimerdinger, who fought cancer during the year but battled back to coach the offense, has been fired from the team. Just a week ago, Heimerdinger seemed like the logical choice to replace Jeff Fisher and take over the Titans.
But like the Titans 2010 season showed, nothing is expected in the NFL. Heimerdinger was fired by new head coach Mike Munchak just a day after taking over the team.
“It’s never easy to be fired,” Heimerdinger said. “He has to do what’s good for the Titans, and Munch will do what’s best for the Titans. I appreciate my time here, but it’s never easy to be fired.”
Sounds like someone who didn’t see this coming.
Heimerdinger was in his second stint with the Titans and helped coach the late Steve McNair to a co-MVP award in 2003.
“I feel like we’re starting fresh,” Munchak said Monday. “It’s not the same-old, same-old.”
The Titans now have six openings on the coaching staff including the defensive coordinator, running backs, wide receievers, and defensive line coach.
Titans safety Michael Griffin wrote on Twitter that, “People thought it was a joke when I said no one is safe.”
The Titans don’t need any other questionable moves to continue to pull this locker room apart, hopefully this is a move that will stick with the players before turning into a bad situation.