Around this time, every year it seems, assistant Bengals coaches are targeted as potential head coaching positions. When teams wrap up their seasons this weekend, coaches will be fired. There is already suspicion developing in Dallas and Detroit and Houston has already fired Gary Kubiak. Another on the volcanic hot seat is Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak, who has amassed a 21-26 record without a playoff appearance as his concludes his third season.
Munchak has already reached out to Penn State, inquiring about a possible vacancy if the Nittany Lions head coach Bill O'Brien leaves for the NFL where the Minnesota Vikings and Houston Texans have already shown interest.
Ruston Webster is the team's general manager and will have some input as the team decides their future with a new team president and CEO, where there's a "lot of dissatisfaction", according to NFL.com columnist Michael Silver. Webster is assumed safe and Munchak could survive, but if he doesn't, the Titans will quickly look at candidates.
One could be offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, who was an offensive assistant when Webster was in Tampa Bay from '04-05. Per league rules, assistant coaches in the playoffs are allowed to interview for head coaching positions after Wild Card weekend.
Mike Zimmer is another candidate for a head coaching position this year, having interviewed with other teams as early as '09. However, some believe that his honesty and bluntness tends to scare owners away; though we're also in an age where teams are favoring offensive backgrounds. Hue Jackson is a former head coach and I believe that Darrin Simmons will get an opportunity one day. Special teams coaches aren't considered highly as touted like coordinators on offense and defense, but they have found positions in the past, notably Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh.