The Tennessee Titans fired former head coach Ken Whisenhunt mid season and are the last team to fill its head coaching vacancy with interim coach Mike Mularkey. Mularkey is an uninspiring hire for the Titans, but will keep continutity for franchise quarterback Marcus Mariota.
Mularkey is 18-39 as a head coach and went 2-14 as the Jacksonville Jaguars head coach and 2-7 as the interim head coach of the Titans. Malarkey has never finished better than 3rd in division standings as a head coach.
The Titans poorly managed their general manager and head coach openings. The Titans had all season to evaluate potential general manager and head coaching candidates, but filled these positions after all other teams with openings snatched up the hot candidates.
The Titans will be passing up on head coach options such as Mike Shanahan, Josh McDaniels and Terryl Austin. The Titans passed up on interviews with candidates Hue Jackson, Adam Gase and Chip Kelly. “Mike is a quality coach and an outstanding person who will help us build this team the right way,” stated Amy Adams Strunk, the Titans’ owner and co-chairman of the board of directors.
Titans players are happy with Mularkey being kept as head coach. Mariota stated, “I am very excited to have him as a coach, and I look forward to getting to work. I am sure guys are excited. He’s definitely a players’ coach, and we are very blessed to have him. We can’t wait to move forward.”
New general manager Jon Robinson has a lot of work to do with the Titans roster. The Titans hold the number one overall pick and must fill some of its holes in free agency. Mike Mularkey has a tough task ahead of him and his past does not suggest Titans fans should be optimistic for their future.