Found January 09, 2014 on
cover32 - Titans:
The Mike Munchak era has come and gone in Tennessee, making way for the next sheriff to trot into town. But what will the next head coach have to work with on the field? In this week’s cover32 Titans Top-5, we look that the five best Titans draft picks during the Munchak regime.
5. Jake Locker, Eighth pick of the first-round, 2011
Some may see this as a stretch considering he has only played in 23 of the 48 possible games since he was selected out of Washington. However Locker’s impact on the team was displayed this season when he was out of the lineup with two bad injuries. The Titans struggled to take care of the football in his absence, losing games many believed they’d win under Locker. The Titans were 4-3 under Locker in 2013, placing them on pace for a playoff berth. In those seven games, Locker threw for 1,256 yards, completing over 60-percent of his pass attempts and tossing eight touchdowns to just four interceptions.
Add all of those together and you have the fifth best Titans draft pick during the Mike Munchak regime.
4. Kendall Wright, 20th pick of the first-round, 2012
Kendall Wright certainly looks the part when he walks off the bus. The 5-foot-10, 200-pound wide receiver out of Baylor was the second offensive piece to the plan that was going to weaponize the offense and help out the 2011 first-rounder Jake Locker. In his rookie season Wright was a late bloomer, starting the final five games of the season. Despite only starting those five times, he finished with 64 receptions for 626 yards and four receiving touchdowns. Wright had a better sophomore campaign, though he battled some nagging injuries and spotty backup quarterback play. Wright helped his team this season with 94 catches, eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark, but only catching two touchdowns.
Wright has a bright future with the Titans and will be a key cog in the wheel for a new head coach.
3. Karl Klug, 142nd overall pick, fifth-round, 2011
Who is Karl Klug? How did he make this list? Klug is the guy that every team wishes they had. He does all of the dirty work in the trenches, doesn’t complain and helps his line-mates find some space by taking double teams. Klug has an entire five starts, though he as played in all but one career game in his three year career. Klug has accumulated 41 total tackles, but has also sacked opposing quarterbacks 12.5 times.
Not too bad for a fifth-round pick out of Iowa is it?
2. Akeem Ayers, 39th overall pick, second-round, 2011
Ayers flew up draft boards in 2011 after having a big senior season at UCLA. The Titans grabbed him in the second-round of Munchak’s first draft and got himself and the Titans a gem. Ayers has played in every game since entering the NFL, starting all but four of them. This season Ayers made the move from inside linebacker to strong-side linebacker, even at the cost of his own personal statistics. The UCLA product has 224 total tackles, nine sacks and two interceptions for Tennessee.
Ayers could be a mainstay for a defense that was very good and could get better with some help from the offense.
1. Jurrell Casey, 77th overall pick, third-round, 2011
Who wouldn’t want to draft Pro-Bowlers in the third-round of the draft? Mike Munchak grabbed Casey out of USC, believing he would make an immediate impact on the defensive line-which he has. Casey had a great 2013 for the Titans. The 300-pounder had 54 total tackles and 10.5 sacks in fifteen games for the Titans. Casey was voted to the All-Pro second team for the first time in his career, a roster he should become very familiar with before his career comes to a close.
Casey is the kind of player that coaches build entire units around. Something the new Titans head coach should consider.
Like this feature? CLICK HERE to read what Chris Johnson wants from the Titans.
Make sure you follow @cover32_Ten and @cover32_NFL on Twitter for all the latest breaking news, columns, blogs and features from the Titans and the entire NFL.
You may also be interested in:Top-5 Titans draft picks under Mike MunchakTen best Johnny Manziel off-field momentsTitans nano-cast: Coaching candidates, CJ2K & more (AUDIO)
BEST OF MAXIM
New coach Bill O’Brien is interviewing Mike Munchak for the Texans’ offensive line job on Friday.
— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) January 10, 2014
The Houston Texans and Bill O’Brien are trying to reel in one of the best offensive lineman to play the game in Mike Munchak to coach the Texans offensive line. Munchak was fired as the Head Coach of the Tennessee Titans after...
Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Munchak became the third coach to interview for the Detroit Lions' job opening.
Next up is expected to be the so-called favorite, Ken Whisenhunt.
Munchak met Wednesday with the Lions, the team confirmed. The interview took place a couple days earlier than he reportedly was going to be in town.
It was also just four days after he got fired as the...
Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson has spent the bulk of his pro career as a frustrated superstar.
Concerns over money, status and reps could easily put a stamp on his time there more so than the 2009 season in which he rushed for 2,006 yards.
Please click here to read/watch this post.
The post Chris Johnson seeks larger role with the Tennessee Titans appeared first on Players View.
In case you missed it: Columns from the cover32 universe to get you ready for the Divisional Playoff round. Here is the week around the playoff-less Tennessee Titans.
- Munchak out, but who are the favorites to replace him? (READ)
- Chris Johnson wants out if load doesn’t increase (READ)
- Top-5 draft picks under Mike Munchak (READ)
- New target emerging in Titans...
The Detroit Lions continued the search for their new head coach Wednesday by interviewing former Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak.
The Titans fired Munchak on Saturday, after he went 22-26 in three seasons, when he declined requests by the Titans front office to make changes to his coaching staff.
"I can’t fire someone when I don’t believe they should be fired...
John McClain reports that former Titans HC Mike Munchak will interview with the Texans on Friday for the vacant offensive line coach position.
McClain adds that Munchak is regarded as one of the games best offensive line coaches and adds that the Texans should try and pursue Bruce Matthews as his assistant coach.
Former Patriots LB Mike Vrabel announced on Thursday that he’s...
Now that Jay Gruden is off the market, who is the next favorite to land the head coaching job for the Tennessee Titans? According the NFL Newtork’s Ian Rapoport, Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn is a top candidate to replace recently fired Mike Munchak.
From what I hear #SEA DC Dan Quinn is a top candidate for #Titans now. Others: Caldwell, Zimmer, Whisenhunt. Plan...
Ruston Webster said in a statement that he supported the decision to remove former Tennessee Titans’ head coach Mike Munchak from the organization as he showed loyalty to his staff, who were able to win SEVEN games sans their starting quarterback. Now, supporting Dowell Loggains is not a smart move by any means, when his [...]
Penn State has hired former Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin to become it’s next head coach.
Franklin received interest from a few NFL teams recently including Washington, Houston, and Cleveland but was not considered . Penn State’s head coach Bill O’Brien left for Houston this offseason.
Penn state was said to be considering Mike Munchak and Greg Schiano
The Titans were a somewhat different, somewhat better team in 2013 than they were in 2012. One thing, however, did not change: starting quarterback Jake Locker did not play a full season, even close to it. When I named him the Titans' biggest disappointment last year, he played the majority of snaps in 10 games, for just under 60% playing time. That was annoying and disappointing...
OSG Sports sources close to the situation at Vanderbilt seem to contradict what Pennsylvania is saying...Dirty South Sports Report's Jackson Martin is telling us that no one at Vanderbilt- players, coaches, sports information department included- have heard anything about an impending decision for Franklin going back home to take the head coaching gig at Penn State...Earlier...
The Tennessee Titans are looking for a new head coach, and one concern amid their candidates is the teams signal caller.
Adam Schefter is reporting that Titans brass have reservations about how successful Jake Locker can actually be as an NFL quarterback.
At one least one high-level Titans official has expressed major reservations about whether QB Jake Locker can succeed in the NFL...
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that doubt exists inside the Titans organization as to whether QB Jake Locker can succeed in the NFL.
Schefter reports that there is at least one high level Titans official that has expressed major reservations regarding Locker’s ability.
While Locker has shown some signs of progress over the last two seasons, concerns regarding his health and...
Bill O’Brien left Penn State after two seasons to become the new head coach of the Houston Texans. He was frustrated by the small minority of supporters of the late coach Joe Paterno. The search is on for a new head coach, and the favorite is Vanderbilt Head Coach James Franklin. The only thing that is in Franklin’s past is several former Commodores were charged with rape...
According to Kevin Patra of NFL.com, Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson is interested in moving on from the team this offseason should the Titans decide to go that route. Johnson appears to be at the point in his career where winning is becoming more and more of a priority with each passing season. The Titans have been upset with Johnson’s lack of consistency, but also...