Munchak put his team through a light workout Monday, then gave them the rest of the week off. The Titans aren't due back at work until next Monday when Munchak plans to put them through a practice in preparation for a visit to Jacksonville (1-8).
This is the latest bye for this franchise since the open week went into effect in 1990, and Munchak said he prefers the bye at the midpoint of the season.
Still, the Titans (4-6) can rest easy.
A week after being put on notice by the owner, they responded with their biggest win of the season - beating Miami 37-3.
''It's just something we need, mentally and physically because of what we've been through,'' Munchak said. ''I'm glad we won it because we needed it. It will be a lot easier to mentally be more positive when we do come back. I think we will be fine.''
The Titans are banged-up with 11 players listed on last week's injury report, not counting right guard
''Week to week, it's up and down as far as how it feels so hopefully this week we'll see what happens,'' McCarthy said.
The Titans didn't stick around after finishing up a mandatory meeting in the afternoon.
''It's a long season,'' linebacker
Munchak made clear to his Titans before they left that they still have hope when they return. Aside from the AFC's division leaders, only two teams have more than four wins in the competition for the two wild card slots. The Titans already have a win over Pittsburgh and will visit Indianapolis (6-3) on Dec. 9.
''We know we have to win three, four games in a row to kind of get it where we need to get it,'' Munchak said. ''That's not going to be easy to do. Hopefully, we use it to a positive.''
The way Tennessee played in Miami is what Munchak and his assistants expected this season. The defense forced four turnovers after getting nine the previous nine games combined. They did not give up a touchdown for the first time since Nov. 13, 2011, which also is the last time the Titans won a game by more than six points.
''He's exciting to watch, and I think it is contagious when you have a young guy like that running around making plays,'' Munchak said.
''He knows he's going to get 15 to 20 to 25 runs now, so I think his mindset is a lot different,'' Munchak said of Johnson. ''He's just running more relaxed and confidently.''
Munchak gave his Titans this week's schedule a couple weeks ago so they could plan ahead. McCarthy said they understand they have six games remaining when they return.
''A lot of excitement throughout the team, excited to get back and make a run these last six games,'' McCarthy said.