The Tennessee Titans have fired Mike Munchak after three seasons as head coach and 31 years combined with the franchise as a player and coach.
Munchak flew to Texas on Friday morning to meet with new Titans CEO Tommy Smith.
All along Smith said he wanted to meet with Munchak and General Manager Ruston Webster following the season about the future of the franchise.
The Titans finished 7-9 and missed the playoffs despite spending $100 million in free agency in the off season.
Munchak is 22-26 since being hired February 7, 2011. His only winning season came in 2011 at 9-7.
In a statement, Webster thanked Munchak for his "professionalism through this process" and "for his years of dedication to the Titans/Oilers organization."
"He is first-class and I wish him and his family nothing but the best. I also want to praise Tommy Smith for his involvement during the weeklong process. He was thorough and thoughtful," Webster said.
He continued, "The last week has been a difficult time trying to navigate through many issues to find the best resolution for this franchise moving forward. Tough choices were presented to all sides and the end result was to part ways and move forward without Mike."
Smith added, "Let me start by saying that I have the utmost respect for Mike Munchak and what he has meant to this franchise as a player, position coach and head coach. He is one of the most genuine people I have ever known and he will always be a large part of our history, which I am thankful for."
Munchak, who served as the team's second coach in its history, replacing former coach Jeff Fisher, said he is sad to part ways with the Titans organization.
"My goal as head coach was to do things the right way with the right people and I felt confident that the results would follow. Sometimes rebuilding a team and its culture takes time, but I truly believe we were on the verge of great things. Unfortunately my vision did not match that of the organization, so we will part ways."
Munchak also thanked the fans that stuck with him over the past three seasons.
The Titans said they would immediately begin their search for a new head coach.
Webster said, "I am confident that we will find a coach that can continue our growth as a team and lead us to sustained success."
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