5 things to know about Titans beating Texans 16-10

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 30, 2013 at 3:04 am •  Published: December 30, 2013
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Count tight end Delanie Walker and safety Bernard Pollard among the Titans who think Mike Munchak should remain Tennessee's coach.

The Houston Texans can't wait to see who their new boss will be and are glad this miserable season is over.

Chris Johnson ran for 127 yards and a touchdown as the Titans beat the Texans 16-10 Sunday in the season finale for these AFC South rivals. The Texans clinched the No. 1 overall pick for the NFL draft in May.

Now Texans owner Bob McNair has to pick a coach to take over the two-time division champs that finished the 2013 season losing their final 14 games. Tommy Smith, the Titans' new president and CEO, will be meeting with Munchak in the next few days to discuss what changes, if any, are needed in Tennessee.

"We'll just have to wait and see," Munchak said. "I feel good about everything that we're doing going forward. I think I know what needs to be corrected. I know how I'd go forward."

Walker said he couldn't understand why Munchak's job is in danger. Pollard, whose own future must be decided with his one-year deal up in March, said he sees a fired-up coach in Munchak who put the Titans in position to win games they just couldn't in finishing 7-9.

"He loves this season, and he loves this team," Pollard said. "He is going to do everything he can to see that we're successful for next year."

Here are five things to know about how the Titans and Texans wrapped up this season:

CHRIS JOHNSON IN ELITE COMPANY: The Titans running back notched only his second 100-yard game this season, and he came into the finale needing 50 yards to reach 1,000 for the year. But Johnson finished with 127 yards in his second-best performance of the season and became the sixth man in NFL history to run for 1,000 yards in each of his first six seasons. That puts him in company with Barry Sanders, Curtis Martin, LaDanian Tomlinson, Eric Dickerson and Corey Dillon.

Johnson also ran hard, pushing a pile 8 yards for a key pickup early in the fourth quarter. His future is in question because he's due $8 million of the $29 million left on his contract in 2014. Johnson said he thought this could be his final game in Tennessee as he ran through the tunnel for introductions before turning his attention to the game.

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