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“Massive upset” if Titans don’t keep Mularkey


All coaching jobs have been filled except for one. And the one that is still vacant never really was.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, it would be a “massive upset” if the Titans don’t make interim coach Mike Mularkey the permanent (as if ever is) coach.

Mularkey, per the source, is the clear and obvious preference of owner Amy Adams Strunk. The two developed a strong relationship late in the 2015 season, and Strunk wants Mularkey to remain on the job.

That preference had an obvious influence on the search for a General Manager. Candidates like Chris Ballard and Chris Polian did not want to keep Mularkey. And they said so. So they didn’t get the job.

It’s believed Jon Robinson did get the job due in large part to his willingness to keep Mularkey, who likely will be offered a fairly short-term, low-market offer to remain the head coach. With no leverage and no other NFL head-coaching options, he’ll likely take it.

And then, if it doesn’t work out after a year, the Titans can move on and try to make a bigger splash in 2017.

As to Robinson, keeping Mularkey makes sense because it gives the new G.M., in essence, a scholarship year — unless 2016 goes so poorly that the team decides to hit the reset button. Even then, Robinson could argue persuasively that he didn’t get a chance to hire his own coach, and that if he had things may have been different.

For now, expect nothing to be different; Mularkey at this point is the clear favorite to keep the job. And with a young quarterback who has plenty of potential, maybe the Titans don’t need an “A” list coach to become relevant again. Maybe Marcus Mariota’s performance will make Mularkey an “A” lister.

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35 Responses to ““Massive upset” if Titans don’t keep Mularkey”
  1. carloswlassiter says: Jan 16, 2016 2:41 PM

    I thought they were waiting for Josh McDaniels.

  2. azjam says: Jan 16, 2016 2:44 PM

    Mularkey did a hell of a job as interim coach after Whisenhunt got fired after going 1 & 6. Mularkey went 1 & 8. Wow!!

  3. braddavery says: Jan 16, 2016 2:49 PM

    It’s almost as though people don’t know who Malarkey is and what his track record is.

  4. coltzfan166 says: Jan 16, 2016 2:52 PM

    Please keep him!


    Rest of the AFC South

  5. dpeterson75 says: Jan 16, 2016 2:53 PM

    Titans fan here. I hope we don’t do this, I would like to see what McDaniels could do with a qb not named Tebow. Mularkey seems too much like Whiz.

  6. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Jan 16, 2016 2:54 PM

    Wow. What a mistake!

  7. goodmojo1 says: Jan 16, 2016 2:54 PM

    Absurd. Hire a GM to run your football operations then force your choice of HC on him? A fan might begin to wonder if AAS is really interested in building an “elite franchise”, or just shining us on. Jon Robinson has a job to do. Let him do it!

  8. whodeytn says: Jan 16, 2016 2:54 PM


  9. squackduckhawk says: Jan 16, 2016 2:56 PM

    Not that common of a name. I wonder if he was related to the Mularkey from Band of Brothers…?
    Not that it is in any way relevant.

  10. beaudreaux63 says: Jan 16, 2016 2:58 PM

    How the hell is he going to be able to assemble a coaching staff under those conditions? Smh, fan since the 60’s, this feels like the 70s all over again.

  11. beaudreaux63 says: Jan 16, 2016 3:00 PM

    Massive upset will be the fan base if he does…💩

  12. brian55906 says: Jan 16, 2016 3:02 PM

    Haha Doug Marrone. Better luck next year. :o)

  13. nozzelhead says: Jan 16, 2016 3:08 PM

    Owners have settled with mediocre… As a Titans fan I hope the league steps in and forces the team to sell to different owners. Hard to be a fan of a team with owners like this.

  14. paychrisjohnson28 says: Jan 16, 2016 3:09 PM

    Keep Mike Mularkey as an Offensive Coordinator but not as the head coach please don’t hire him permanently… Nooooo

    Josh McDaniels or other coaches that are coaching in the playoffs would be much better options …

    If Mularkey is hired peremently it will hold the team back 2 to 4 years if they hire him.


  15. Deb says: Jan 16, 2016 3:10 PM

    Titans fan here. I hope we don’t do this, I would like to see what McDaniels could do with a qb not named Tebow. Mularkey seems too much like Whiz.

    Mularkey is a lot like Whiz. But McDaniels chose to move up in the draft to take Tebow. He’s a bright young offensive mind, but that says something about his decision-making.

  16. jr4real says: Jan 16, 2016 3:11 PM

    good guy. not a good head coach.

  17. mtillett82 says: Jan 16, 2016 3:12 PM

    A “missive upset” to who?!?! Not one Titans fan wants him over Josh McDaniels. Not…one. so who are these phantom sources you’re talking about? NO ONE IN NASHVILLE WANTS MALARKEY.

  18. nflfan5298 says: Jan 16, 2016 3:12 PM

    I was hoping they were waiting for Shula

  19. paychrisjohnson28 says: Jan 16, 2016 3:14 PM

    This has to be a False story…

    Josh McDaniels is the only option… Not

    —Titans Fan Dan

  20. realfootballfan says: Jan 16, 2016 3:16 PM

    Definitely the way to go with a young, good looking QB. Let’s get him a guy no one else in their right mind would hire who was already in the building. Even the Bucs are laughing at you Titans, and they barely have room to laugh at anyone with that ridiculousness that owns their team.

  21. pthepro49 says: Jan 16, 2016 3:17 PM

    The Titans will just stock pile high draft picks the next several years until this team is sold. They may actually be good in 5-6 years.

  22. savethebs says: Jan 16, 2016 3:19 PM

    I hate this team so much. No vision & no imagination.

  23. YanksBills says: Jan 16, 2016 3:26 PM

    I remember when Ralph Wilson liked Mularkey too.

  24. milwaukeeguy says: Jan 16, 2016 3:26 PM

    Yeah but can you imagine if they hired Chris Polian as GM?

  25. pasipblog says: Jan 16, 2016 3:26 PM

    Whi is going to be upset?? You media guys are talking up Mularkey. the fan base has seen enough M Mularkey.

  26. tyelee says: Jan 16, 2016 3:30 PM

    With the advantage of having one of the more talented, gifted QBs since Andrew Luck they should reconsider and hire a HC that is offensively gifted that can help develop him…

  27. tennesseeoilers says: Jan 16, 2016 3:45 PM

    Love the idea of Mularkey as OC (great OC track record), but being head coach is an entirely different animal.

  28. billsfan says: Jan 16, 2016 4:18 PM

    Speaking from experience….yuck!

  29. jmizzal says: Jan 16, 2016 5:06 PM

    “dpeterson75 says:
    Jan 16, 2016 2:53 PM
    Titans fan here. I hope we don’t do this, I would like to see what McDaniels could do with a qb not named Tebow. ”

    Josh McDaniels was long gone from Denver when Tebow was named the starting QB, so basically he sucked without a QB named Tebow

  30. hogue34 says: Jan 16, 2016 5:13 PM

    No….no……..Sweet blue hell NO!!!!!!!!
    We are tired of coaches who just barely put a team on the field! Mularkey only lasted one year in Jacksonville!
    Wait and hire Josh McDaniels! He learned from his mistakes in Denver and he can work with Mariota!
    Listen to the fans for once!!!!!!!

  31. psubeerman21 says: Jan 16, 2016 5:37 PM

    Enough of the “signed, opposing teams in division” comments please. It was never funny. Signed, every non-idiot on this site

  32. mowerguyjags says: Jan 16, 2016 6:06 PM

    Wonder why they interviewed other candidates if the owner’s mind was made up?

  33. laces out says: Jan 16, 2016 6:14 PM

    Gotta go with Horton

  34. Blackpool says: Jan 16, 2016 6:36 PM

    This means the team is for sale. They don’t want to lock in a high profile – expensive – coach. Especially for what they just shelled out for Whisenhunt.

    Sadly, this also means there will be no serious push to make this team a contender under the current ownership.

  35. jonathankrobinson424 says: Jan 17, 2016 6:44 AM

    …..this has all the markings of an owner who is in the process of selling the team. Maybe when Amy finally sells the new owner will ‘right’ this franchise.

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