Look at Mike Munchak's quality control coaches now

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- When Mike Muchak was booted by Tommy Smith and Ruston Webster after the 2013 season, it was primarily because he would not make significant changes to his coaching staff after three years at the helm of a team for which he played 12 seasons and served as an assistant coach for 17 more.

The Pro Football Hall of Famer did not assemble a great staff.

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Having spent his entire career with one franchise limited his network, but he was also put in a bad spot in 2011 when Bud Adams waited too long to make a final decision on Jeff Fisher and then hired Munchak last, by a lot, after the other new NFL coaches had time to assemble their staffs.

But one spot where Munchak crushed it was with the young, entry-level spots on his staff.

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Lessons for the Titans out of Super Bowl XLII

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Some lessons the Titans can take from the Super Bowl Champion Chiefs and the NFC Champion Eagles as Tennessee heads deeper into the 2023 NFL offseason…


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Quarterbacks: The Chiefs have a generational quarterback and an offensive coach who ranks among the all-time greats. Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid elevate average receivers into key playmakers that help win a Super Bowl.

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Mailbag: How much does a new Titans' stadium loom over strategy?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Hey now. Welcome to the weekend and the mailbag which is going to help hold you over until the Super Bowl, which is in many ways a sad event because when it's over we're left to talk about college prospects.

A lot of people seem to like that as much as games, but it's no games and I'll miss games. Here's hoping we end with a great one.New Nashville Stadium

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Onto the best of another good batch of questions.

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Inside three big Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee debates

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2023 was notable for the selection committee’s conversations and debates about five candidates who did not get in.

This was the ninth time I had the honor of casting ballots during what amounted to an all-day meeting, which has been held on Zoom since the pandemic.

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The three topics that were most notable to me:

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Podcast: Why are Titans following a Cleveland model?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A new podcast episode  -- "The Cleveland Model?" -- is up on Apple, Spotify, Google Podcasts, TuneIn and YouTube, which you can see below.

The Paul Kuharsky PodcastWhichever platform you prefer, please subscribe, rate and review.

Subjects I dive into:

💥 Ran Cathon's front-office structure
💥 Mike Vrabel's in-house hires
💥 The importance of the spring
💥 A notable Vrabel slip of the tongue
💥 A shift to analysts on the coaching staff
💥 Flex scheduling for Mondays, and eventually Thursdays?
💥 Tim Kelly's resume

You can find previous podcasts here.

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Mike Herndon: Uncovering the Titans' options for rebuilding their offensive line in free agency

Mike Herndon: Uncovering the Titans' options for rebuilding their offensive line in free agency

By MIKE HERNDON, columnist

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- NFL free agency doesn’t officially open until the negotiating period (also known as the legal tampering window) opens at 11 a.m. Central Time on March 13th. But with the official salary cap number now set at $224.8 million, it’s a good time to take a look at the Titans' cap numbers and start to really dig in on what is possible for new GM Ran Carthon in the next couple of months.

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Based on that new projected cap number, the Titans are set to be $21,478,634 over the cap when the new league year starts according to OverTheCap.com. Of course, they’ll have to do some maneuvering to get under the cap prior to that point and those moves could start coming relatively soon.

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PK TV: Reaction to Tim Kelly, Titans' coaching moves

Paul KuharskyNASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tim Kelly has been available to Mike Vrabel for a long time, so the wait to Feb. 7 had a lot of us convinced the Titans would be hiring their new offensive coordinator from outside.

But he promoted from inside for the third time in a row and he provided a lot of positive rationale talking about Kelly as we'd expect.

Tuesday Vrabel also talked the media through his other new hires including Charles London, passing game coordinator and quarterback coach, and Chris Harris, defensive passing game coordinator and cornerbacks coach as well as the promotion of Jason Houghtailing to offensive line coach and several other shifts.

I know it all left you with a lot of questions and eager for discussion. So we gathered to talk it all out and bounce our reactions off each other. 

You can head to the private Facebook page or head below to review our members-only conversation. If you're missing out, you can sign up to be able to rewatch and be part of the next one live.

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The best thing Mike Vrabel said about a Tim Kelly Titans' offense

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The personnel was bad, sure, but even so the Titans’ 2022 offense was stale and predictable. See a certain down and distance or personnel package and the scoreboard might as well have flashed run or pass.

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That’s why I thought the most significant thing Mike Vrabel said in his Zoom call with local media to discuss the changes to his staff addressed that and how he sees room for significant change -- if not in the Titans' offensive identity, in ways that sort of surround and present that identity.

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