Titans’ inclination to keep Mularkey is confounding to many

AP

As Chris Mortensen of ESPN suggested earlier today (and as PFT has confirmed), the Titans currently are leaning toward making Mike Mularkey the permanent head coach.

The team’s position is confounding to many within the league. As one source put it, the message it sends to the NFL at large is, “We’re for sale, or we don’t care.”

The Titans have a chance to make a big splash, given that they have a young franchise quarterback, the first overall pick in the draft (if they lose today), low expectations, a bad division, no state income tax to assist with the pursuit of free agents, and a city regarded as a desirable place to live.

While the Titans privately and public insist that the team isn’t for sale, they could be choosing to retain maximum flexibility in the event they ultimately are forced to sell. As one source explained it, team president Steve Underwood spends much of his time trying to persuade the league office that the current ownership structure complies with all applicable rules and provisions. At some point, the league could win that argument — compelling a sale that would be easier to finalize if the new owner isn’t being hamstrung by a market-value contract for a head coach.

The willingness to keep Mularkey may or may not apply to G.M. Ruston Webster, who is in the final year of his deal. A short-term Band-Aid for Webster wouldn’t be a surprise, if the goal is indeed to make it easier for a new owner to clear the decks.

21 responses to “Titans’ inclination to keep Mularkey is confounding to many

  1. pemory says:
    Jan 3, 2016 1:29 PM
    In his defense, he’s never had loads of talent with which to work.
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    Good coaches make it work. Arians took a five win team to 10+

  2. Would love to see Peyton Manning retire and become the head coach of the Titans or Colts…I think at some point though Mariota or Luck would get annoyed with him calling audibles from the sidelines

  3. ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Jan 3, 2016 1:39 PM
    pemory says:
    Jan 3, 2016 1:29 PM
    In his defense, he’s never had loads of talent with which to work.
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    Good coaches make it work. Arians took a five win team to 10+
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    Point well taken! I’m a long-suffering Cards fan so don’t I know it! 🙂

  4. “At some point, the league could win that argument — compelling a sale that would be easier to finalize if the new owner isn’t being hamstrung by a market-value contract for a head coach.”

    Ummm, wouldn’t having a good head coach at market value instead of a mediocre retread be a plus in a sale? Good coaches appear to be at a premium, it’s hard to believe in the sale of a $1B team a few million a year in either direction in coaches salary would have much of an impact versus the added value of having a good staff in place.

  5. Titan ownership may be the worst in football. Historically they’ve had extremely limited success due to their culture of profits over success, and that isn’t changing anytime soon.

  6. If he stays, that guarantees I will not waste my money on Sunday ticket next year.

    I will not buy, nor let anyone else buy me ANY Titans paraphernalia.

    And will only watch this team again when it is sold to someone who gives enough of a damn to actually pay attention and make the obvious decisions that have to be made to progress this team at least a little.

    We don’t ask for much in Nashville, and most have reasonable expectations for steady slow progress of this team. We don’t want to blow up a team after one bad season like the Colts or other spoiled teams……

    Ownership is taking advantage of a loyal and patient fanbase… A decade of being one of the worst teams in the league is BS in a league made to give bad teams an advantage to being respectable again…

  7. Good. One less competitor for the Lions in filling their upcoming coaching vacancy.

  8. sdchicken says:
    Jan 3, 2016 1:35 PM

    Waiting for Peyton to retire and buy them?
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    You’re kidding me? He’s small potatoes.

  9. Just for fun, look up Bill Belichick’s career coaching stats when he didn’t have Tom Brady. He had losing seasons a lot more often than not. If that doesn’t do it for you, look up Bill Walsh’s career stats before Montana. Even the greatest coaches in history had losing seasons before they got their hands on HOF QBs. So don’t rush to judgment on Mularkey. He could become a HOF coach too.

  10. From everything I’ve read about Mularkey he is a great person, good coach & the players love him. What concerns me about him being let go is Marcus & DGB having to learn an entirely new playbook AGAIN, If they keep Mike he will certainly change some schemes & personnel, but I doubt he would start from scratch. I think Marcus has been through enough with 2 head coaches his rookie season, let him settle in & concentrate on improving.

  11. Mularkey may be an ok coach & a good guy. But we have a franchise QB finally. Pair him with a real head coach. Don’t waste his career. Swing for the fences. I want Sean Payton if available. But I’m not against Chip Kelly. Mariota respects him & finally being relevant would get the team on his side. Do something real!!! Go for it!! Not the same ole retreads!!!!

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