UPDATED: Titans fire Mike Munchak as coach

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WVLT) -- The Tennessee Titans have fired Mike Munchak after three seasons as head coach and 31 years combined with this franchise as a player and coach.

General manager Ruston Webster says in a statement that the last week was a difficult time trying to figure out how to move the Titans forward. The general manager says tough choices resulted in the decision to go on without Munchak.

Munchak flew to Texas on Friday morning to meet with team President Tommy Smith and Webster. They returned late in the afternoon.

Munchak had a season left on his contract. He was 22-26 since being hired Feb. 7, 2011.

The following was the statement GM Ruston Webster released Saturday afternoon thru the team's website:

"First I want to thank Mike Munchak for his professionalism through this process and thank him 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.

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.

We will immediately begin a search for a new head coach.

I am confident that we will find a coach that can continue our growth as a team and lead us to sustained success.”

Shortly after the announcement of his firing, Munchak then released the following statement thru the Titans' website:

"This is a day I hoped would never come, but there is a reason for everything. Words cannot express the sadness for leaving this organization that I have been a part of for over 30 years.

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.

My family and I would like to thank the Adams family for all of the opportunities that they have given me over the last three decades.

I also would like to thank my players and staff for their on-going support and I wish them all the best.

Also, to the fans that have hung with me, I want to say “thanks.”

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