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SBD/January 2, 2014/Franchises
AFC Franchise Notes: Raiders Owner Davis Likely To Bring Back GM McKenzie, Coach Allen
Published January 2, 2014
CRUCIAL CALL: In Nashville, David Climer wrote Titans Exec VP & GM Ruston Webster's assessment and input on the performance of coach Mike Munchak "will have a major bearing on whether Munchak is retained or fired by the Titans’ new ownership group." What Webster recommends "will greatly define his career" as Titans GM. Climer asked, "Can Webster divorce himself from the close working relationship he has had with Munchak for the past two years and take an unbiased look at the head coach’s overall performance?" If Munchak is fired, Webster would be "the point man on identifying potential replacements and assessing their level of interest," and would be "directly involved in the hiring process." Climer: "Is he up to all that?" (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 1/1).
PLAYING THE WAITING GAME: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports sources "doubt" the Dolphins will fire GM Jeff Ireland, though "nothing has been fully decided yet” (“SportsCenter,” ESPN, 1/2). ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported Ireland's status may not be known the report "from the independent investigator of the Jonathan Martin-Richie Incognito scandal" is released. Mortensen: "That’s not expected until after the Super Bowl” (“Mike & Mike,” ESPN Radio, 1/2).
HOLDING THE PURSE STRINGS: In Jacksonville, Gene Frenette wrote while fans "love free-agent splashes," Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell "must resist the temptation to spend wildly." That has "gotten this franchise in trouble before." When the Jaguars "position themselves to be a consistent playoff contender, then signing prized free agents might be more risk-friendly." Even with an estimated $20M in salary cap space "as a starting point, Caldwell has every intention of being a disciplined spender" with RB Maurice Jones-Drew and when NFL unrestricted free agency begins on March 11 (JACKSONVILLE.com, 12/30).