January 2, 2012 |
HOUSTON - The Tennessee Titans' regular-season finale came down to a two-point conversion. Their playoff hopes officially ended a few hours later. Matt Hasselbeck threw two touchdown passes, and Tennessee staved off Houston's last-minute rally in a 23-22 victory Sunday. Tennessee (9-7) earned its first winning record since 2008 in Mike Munchak's first season, but its postseason fate depended on the outcome of later games in Cincinnati, Oakland, and Denver. When the Broncos lost to Kansas City, the Titans were knocked out of contention.
January 28, 2013
Gregg Williams may be a step closer to returning to the NFL after being suspended indefinitely by commissioner Roger Goodell for his role in the New Orleans Saints' bounty program. Titans coach Mike Munchak has talked with the defensive coordinator and is interested in adding him to his staff, a person familiar with the situation said. The person spoke Sunday to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the Titans do not discuss personnel moves until they are finalized.
January 11, 1988 |
There are a bunch of big guys on the Oilers' offensive line, guys who take great pleasure in pounding into defenders play after play, all day. Guys by the name of Mike Munchak and Bruce Matthews and Dean Steinkuhler, guys who go to Pro Bowls and weigh in somewhere near 300 pounds. Guys who happen to create some awfully large holes for their runners. They are a prime reason the Oilers got into the NFL playoffs in the first place, why running backs Alonzo Highsmith and Mike Rozier look so good, and why Houston beat Seattle in the AFC wild-card game.
December 27, 2013 |
After his team lost eight of 10 following a 3-1 start, Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak is embattled (sports jargon, meaning "about to be tossed out on his keister"), but he's serene about it. "It's part of this profession," he said of the daily questions he gets about his job security, then went into his best coach-speak. "I can only control what we do this Sunday. . . . After that, what happens as far as that goes, some of that's out of my control to some degree. " Translation: Munchak, who has one year left on his contract, may see an opportunity on the horizon.
July 31, 1995 |
Nigerian-born Hakeem Olajuwon and fellow centers Shaquille O'Neal and David Robinson were named by USA Basketball yesterday to lead Dream Team III, which will represent the United States in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Also named were forwards Karl Malone of the Utah Jazz, Scottie Pippen of the Chicago Bulls, Grant Hill of the Detroit Pistons and Glenn Robinson of the Milwaukee Bucks. Named as guards were Anfernee Hardaway of the Orlando Magic, John Stockton of the Jazz and Reggie Miller of the Indiana Pacers.
July 22, 1994 |
Don Shula signed a new contract in his 25th year with the Miami Dolphins that will give him a minority ownership and let him coach through 1996 unless he decides to run the team from the front office. "It will be Don's decision," Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga said in announcing the signing yesterday. "He can coach as long as he wants. As long as Don feels the way he does mentally and physically, there's no reason to be making a change. " The two-year contract extension is worth about $4 million, the Miami Herald reported.
September 26, 1988 |
On a team as filthy-rich in marquee-name offensive talent as the Houston Oilers, it is easy to overlook Allen Pinkett. The Oilers have a flock of wide receivers with world-class speed, an offensive line chock-full of No. 1 picks and a batch of running backs that includes Mike Rozier, Lorenzo White and Alonzo Highsmith. And the Oilers have Pinkett. At 5-8, he looks like a guy who made a wrong turn at the pommel horse. But in this, his third NFL season, the former Notre Dame All-America suddenly is making all the right moves.
January 6, 1988 |
Drafting for offensive-line help three straight years from 1982 to 1984 has paid off big for the Houston Oilers this season. The Oilers' front line has gone from being a weakness to a strength, and that helped Houston earn the right to play at Denver on Sunday in the AFC semifinals. Impressive performances by tackles Bruce Davis and Dean Steinkuhler, guards Mike Munchak and Bruce Matthews, center Jay Pennison and tight end Jamie Williams, who is primarily a blocker, helped the Oilers control the ball for more than 47 minutes in a 23-20 overtime victory over Seattle in Sunday's AFC wild-card game.
January 1, 1989 |
The last time the Houston Oilers played a football game in Buffalo, general manager Ladd Herzeg was arrested on charges that he crashed a wedding reception in the team's hotel. The next day, Sept. 20, 1987, the Oilers were KO'd by the Bills, 34-30. Herzeg, who was acquitted of the charges, hopes this trip to Buffalo is much more enjoyable. The Oilers (11-6) enter today's AFC playoff game against the 12-4 Bills as the league's most penalized team. They like to call themselves the "Pain Gang.
January 18, 1994 |
Neil Smith was ready to talk. All week long, the Chiefs' all-pro defensive end had heard Houston's Big Bear - as Marty Schottenheimer likes to call Buddy Ryan - brag about how the Oilers were going to do this and that to Joe Montana and grind his frail 37- year-old bones into the Astrodome carpet. But after Kansas City's defense dismantled Houston's high-powered run-and- shoot offense Sunday, the time was finally right for the Chiefs to shoot their mouths off. "They showed us no respect and we shocked them," said Smith, the AFC's sack leader.