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Could Mike Mularkey get the permanent job in Tennessee?

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Titans coach Mike Mularkey inherited from Ken Whisenhunt a 1-6 team. Mularkey has gone 2-6. And that could be enough to get him the permanent job.

Chris Mortensen of ESPN said earlier in the hour that Mularkey has gone from “leaning out” to “leaning safe.”

It would be a major surprise if it happens; the Titans have been horrible in recent years, and with a young franchise quarterback and (if the Titans lose today) the first overall pick in hand, the Titans could lure an “A” list coach to Nashville.

Mularkey, who coached the Bills for two years and the Jaguars for one, has a career record of 18-38. While he has done well as an assistant coach (and did a great job as a part-time contributor to Pro Football Talk on NBCSN), his won-loss numbers don’t scream out “A” list.

Mortensen cited ownership issues in support of the notion that Mularkey could stay. While the Titans aren’t for sale (they spontaneously say that every so often), keeping Mularkey would make it easier for a new owner to clear the decks and hire a new coach. Giving someone a four-year or five-year contract worth $6 million or more per year would serve only to tie the hands of a new owner.

So if the Titans are intent on convincing people the team isn’t for sale, the best way to do that would be to make a long-term investment in a coach.

However it turns out, the Titans will be required to start their search from scratch, complying at a minimum with the Rooney Rule by interviewing in person at least one minority candidate.

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27 Responses to “Could Mike Mularkey get the permanent job in Tennessee?”
  1. mushroommike says: Jan 3, 2016 10:50 AM

    His numbers don’t even scream out C- list – let alone A list.

  2. eagleslakers says: Jan 3, 2016 10:59 AM

    They’re likely to fire GM Ruston Webster(his contract is expiring so technically it would just be not re-signing him) and I’d guess they’d let the new GM decide whether or not to fire Mularkey or keep him another year while he continues to evaluate.

  3. paychrisjohnson28 says: Jan 3, 2016 11:03 AM

    No way… Mike Mularkey is gone as of Monday, GM Ruston Webster is gone after his contract expires after week 17… The average NFL roster has a 33% turnover rate every off season… I expect 40 to 50% of the Titans roster to be gone in the offseason…

    Black Monday is coming and many teams will be looking for a new head coach in the off season…

    Mike Mularkey will be Quarterback coach or Offensive Coordinator in 2016… He is a nice guy, and a good coordinator… Mularkey is not a good head coach… I wish him the best…

    —Titans Fan Dan

  4. mmack66 says: Jan 3, 2016 11:06 AM

    Sounds like a move the Titans would make.

    I mean, he is one game better.

  5. jrossizzle says: Jan 3, 2016 11:08 AM

    If only there was an available coach tailer made for your franchise QB.
    Regards,
    Kelly C.

  6. coltzfan166 says: Jan 3, 2016 11:11 AM

    Well since Mort reported it….I’m gonna say it’s probably not gonna happen

  7. rajbais says: Jan 3, 2016 11:13 AM

    Mort might be right, but I doubt it.

    The only reason behind it is continuity.

    If he’s fired, Atlanta should replace Shanahan with him.

  8. barrymichaels61 says: Jan 3, 2016 11:17 AM

    What about Joe Philbin in TN?

  9. pastanow says: Jan 3, 2016 11:19 AM

    If ever there was a coach capable of challenging Jeff Fisher for the Mr. Mediocrity title it would be Mularkey.

  10. medialovesthecowboys says: Jan 3, 2016 11:21 AM

    Is this a shameless plug for a friend of PFT? Titans can’t honestly be considering this guy as a head coach, can they? Wisenhunt should NEVER get an HC job again, and neither should Mularkey.

  11. kcchefs58 says: Jan 3, 2016 11:22 AM

    This article is total Mularkey

  12. kanodogg says: Jan 3, 2016 11:23 AM

    That’s a bunch of mularkey

  13. Iknowitall says: Jan 3, 2016 11:31 AM

    Just who is in charge of making head coaching decisions?
    Who is in charge of determining if the team is for sale or not?
    Sounds to me like Bud Adams made some very poor decisions regarding passing along his assets.

    Perhaps the league should step in and let Haslam take over ownership of the Titans in his home state, and sell the Browns to someone who will finally build a decent team in Cleveland.

    Look at how wonderfully and smoothly Lamar Hunt handed over the Chiefs to his family upon passing.

  14. cebert44 says: Jan 3, 2016 11:31 AM

    Wake up Kelly to Tenn. Every body says he screwed

    himself. McCoy how many games he play at several

    Mill than our running back. Jackson how many he play at his price

    Mathis can’t start where he went.Mclain a free agent went to

    former coach

  15. armchairqb says: Jan 3, 2016 11:33 AM

    I would pay money to see the look on Chip Kelly’s face when the Titans name Mularky the HC.

  16. DerekCarrsGoldenArm says: Jan 3, 2016 11:33 AM

    He should have been let go immediately after losing to Oakland. In a 24-21 game with 38 seconds left and 3 time outs, he let’s the clock go instead of using his time outs and trying to get the ball back.

    That, to me, says he gave up and should never be allowed to be a head coach again.

  17. doggeatdogg says: Jan 3, 2016 11:36 AM

    A permanent coaching job in the NFL is an oxymoron.

  18. ronfromnm says: Jan 3, 2016 11:40 AM

    Maybe Duce Staley is up for another sham interview to help a team get the ridiculous Rooney Rule out of the way.

  19. noteamforlosangeles says: Jan 3, 2016 11:44 AM

    Memo to Titans ownership…You only get the Saints and Buccaneers once every four years. But if you’re happy with 4-12 or the occasional 6-10, Mike Whisenpunt and Ken Mularkey certainly fit the bill.

  20. unclebluck says: Jan 3, 2016 12:08 PM

    In Buffalo where ownership has written the book on hiring mediocre and retread coaches we look in wide wonder at this decision….

  21. nozzelhead says: Jan 3, 2016 12:09 PM

    Titans need to clean house completely. Make a statement and hire a big coach and a good GM and pony up the money. It’s getting hard for the fans to want to support a organization that won’t support its own team. I didn’t want Chip Kelly at first but it might be the only hire that will give Tennessee some national relevance

  22. sdchicken says: Jan 3, 2016 12:17 PM

    Seriously, does anyone even take Mort at face value anymore? He’s a pawn who doesn’t have the courage to stand up and admit that he got played.

  23. vetdana says: Jan 3, 2016 12:31 PM

    Coaching in the NFL is a very high risk job classification.A very sharp two edged sword indeed ! On the one hand …
    WINNING…is everything ! and losing , under any circumstance, is detestable in the sight of everyone ! ..but..
    the NFL has more parity…than ever before !…It is very difficult to win games and on any given day, any NFL team can beat their same day opponent !….what does this all mean…” It’s all a bunch of Mularky ! “…He Gone !

  24. tennesseeoilers says: Jan 3, 2016 12:46 PM

    While I don’t support such a move, there is only one way I could see it happening … and that’s if Marcus Mariota AND Dick LeBeau are both heavily lobbying on his behalf.

  25. goalpostdunk says: Jan 3, 2016 1:32 PM

    It would be very telling of the state of the franchise if they keep Mularkey.

  26. dadsource says: Jan 3, 2016 2:21 PM

    What the…omg are you k….just…..no…

    With the Jaguars, we lived through one year with this clown. The franchise almost moved and if not for a monster local effort by Tony Boseli, they were GONE. Mularkey caused us to change coaches, ownership, and nearly lost us a franchise with bad clock management, worse drafting and play calling, and cemented us to rebuild this roster for 4 years.

    I hate Tennessee, so maybe this is fine….

  27. paychrisjohnson28 says: Jan 6, 2016 4:27 AM

    Chip Kelly…head coach

    Ravens assistant GM as GM

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