If new Titans coach Mike Mularkey doesn’t pan out, it won’t be hard for the team to cut bait.
Mularkey got a three-year contract, Paul Kuharsky of ESPN reports. Most new coaches get four-year deals or five-year deals, so Mularkey will have less job security than most.
Some coaches have the leverage to negotiate a better deal, but Mularkey didn’t: He’s just 5-27 in his last 32 games as a head coach, and other teams weren’t banging down his door for an interview. Mularkey made clear when he became the Titans’ interim coach last season that he wanted the job on a permanent basis, and he was willing to sign a team-friendly contract to get the job.
Although the Titans deny they’re for sale, the duration of Mularkey’s contract would also mean that a new owner could easily move on with his or her own coach if the Titans are sold.
So Mularkey won’t have long to prove himself. To keep his job and get a second contract in Tennessee, he’ll need to win quickly.