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Munchak had made it clear over the past couple of weeks that he thought having quarterback Jake Locker available for all 16 games likely would have been the difference in the two or three wins needed to earn this franchise’s first playoff berth since 2008.

Webster wouldn’t comment when asked if Munchak wanted an extension past 2014, and changes to the coaching staff likely was another issue.

Defensive coordinator Jerry Gray and senior assistant coach for defense Gregg Williams both have expiring contracts, and special teams had problems on kick and punt returns until the team signed Leon Washington late. Munchak also promoted an old friend, Chet Parlavecchio, already on his staff as linebackers coach for 2013, and a young group featuring Zach Brown, Colin McCarthy and Akeem Ayers struggled most of the season.

Asked if Munchak had been asked to fire six assistants as a condition to stay, Webster called that a “big number.”

Left guard Andy Levitre, who signed as a free agent in March to play for Munchak, wrote on Twitter: “Unfortunate to hear the news about Coach Munchak. Couldn’t be more thankful 4 him giving me this opportunity in Nashville. Wish him the best.”

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AP freelancer Terry McCormick contributed to this report from Nashville, Tenn.

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