Titans Munchak moves quickly: Heimerdinger, two others fired

Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 3:20pm

Mike Munchak was asked twice about Mike Heimerdinger during his introductory press conference Monday. Both times, the new Tennessee Titans coach passed on the opportunity to say he planned to retain the team’s offensive coordinator.

A day later, Munchak’s actions spoke volumes.

Heimerdinger was fired along with quality control assistants Rayna Stewart (defense) and Richie Wessman (offense).

“I met with Mike, Rayna and Richie today and informed them that they would not be retained as a part of the new staff,” Munchak said. “These are not easy decisions, but I have a responsibility to move things in the direction that I have laid out for this team. We will continue to evaluate the rest of the staff moving forward.”

Heimerdinger has been the team’s offensive coordinator twice, including for the last three seasons. He also had the job from 2000-04. He was diagnosed with cancer in December but remained on the job and had no plans to limit his workload in the future.

“As it relates to [Heimerdinger], I have a great deal of respect for him as a person and admiration for the way he is fighting against cancer,” Munchak said. “He is an innovative offensive mind and we have worked well through the years. But I believe we need to go in a different direction at offensive coordinator.

“This wasn’t about his health — he is feeling good. It is a change of direction for us. This is not something that I take lightly, and I wish him and his family the best.”

6 Comments on this post:

By: gdiafante on 2/8/11 at 2:25

Good for Munchak. Dinger (yes, I may piss off jw, but who cares) really wasn't that great of a coordinator...I mean you have Randy Moss and you can't get him the ball??

By: richgoose on 2/8/11 at 2:28

I love this idea of firing coaches! I would really like to see the entire team fired. It is probably not practical but it would be entertaining,which is something that Titans fans have not seen in a couple of years.

By: TITAN1 on 2/8/11 at 2:29

I hate it that he has cancer and hope and pray he fully recovers, but Munch has to do what he thinks is best for the team. Good luck to you, Dinger!

By: gdiafante on 2/8/11 at 2:35

Frank, your obsession with the demise of the Titans is child-like. Did a Titan kick your dog or something?

By: dargent7 on 2/8/11 at 2:57

Good call.
The Titans/ Oilers went into the playoffs what, once in 17 years under Fisher & Co.?
Fire all of them.
What are they, a charity?

By: courier37027 on 2/8/11 at 10:24

Between '99 and '08 Titans went to playoffs six times in ten seasons. Last playoff win was 2003 over Baltimore.