Could Mike Mularkey get the permanent job in Tennessee?


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.

27 responses to “Could Mike Mularkey get the permanent job in Tennessee?

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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 !

  13. 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.

  14. What the…omg are you k….just……

    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….

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