The signs were pointing toward Mike Mularkey dropping the interim part of his interim head coach title in Tennessee since the end of the season and the Titans confirmed it on Saturday.
The team announced that Mularkey has been hired as the team’s permanent head coach after formally interviewing for the job on Friday. The team also interviewed Doug Marrone, Teryl Austin and their defensive coordinator Ray Horton for the position after hiring Jon Robinson as their new General Manager earlier in the week.
“The vision Mike presented for our football team during this search as well as the character, integrity, and leadership skills he displayed during the last two months of the season makes him the right coach for the Tennessee Titans,” Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk said in a statement announcing the hiring. “Mike is a quality coach and an outstanding person who will help us build this team the right way. He has experience as a head coach and a track record for developing young quarterbacks and dynamic offenses, and he also brings continuity for our franchise quarterback. We understand this may take time as we rebuild the roster and bring in new coaches for Mike’s staff, but we believe he has the experience and expertise to build a consistent winner.”
Mularkey has had two previous jobs as a head coach and didn’t produce a consistent winner in either place. He was 14-18 in two years as the Bills coach and was fired after going 2-14 with the Jaguars in 2012. He was 2-7 with the Titans this year, leaving him with an 18-39 record overall and a 4-22 record in his last 26 games as a head coach.
With the Lions announcing that Jim Caldwell will remain on the job this week, Mularkey’s hiring will close out the head coaching carousel portion of the offseason schedule barring an unexpected move by one of the final eight teams left standing. There were seven openings and three teams — the Giants, Buccaneers and Titans — stuck with in-house candidates.