Titans only gave Mularkey a three-year contract

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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.

47 responses to “Titans only gave Mularkey a three-year contract

  1. I don’t see a problem with this. It’s a SMART business decision.
    I would hope that they would do the same thing with a marginal or declining player.
    Regardless of the coaches and players, the franchise must survive by not increasing overhead and increasing revenue.

  2. I understand that he didn’t have all the ability to make changes he wanted given he took over the team mid year, but I’ve got to think 3 years is enough to show progress, IF he can.

    A 3 year contract doesn’t mean if he doesn’t win a superbowl he’s fired, it means he has to show measurable progress. Tomlin never signed a 10 year contract and he’s still there.

  3. Maybe teams are tired of having to give 15 million dollar buyouts for remaining years when they fire lousy coaches. The guaranteed contracts they get are something else.

  4. Get back to me when the Titans really try to win. Hiring Mularkey shows they aren’t serious.

    Perhaps when the Titans buckle down and want to reach for the .500 stars, they’ll entice Fisher back.

  5. Well back to back seasons with high end picks the team should compete in year 2. If he turns them into a playoff contender in year 3 he’ll have done himself a service with a 3 year deal.

  6. Lovie Smith is in his basement studying film…for 10 Million over the next 2 years. The only persons luckier than him is those 3 people who won the 1.5 billion dollar lottery.

  7. 5-27, the same record the Titans have had over the last 32 games. Amazing choice. Even more amazing coincidence. SMH!

    In the meantime, I still have my popcorn ready. Where is the 19-0 team??

  8. If they tied it to the length of the new GM’s contract then it makes perfect sense. Give both guys the same window in which to turn things around and if there’s not enough improvement dump them both and start fresh.

    If the new GM has a longer contract then you know they are willing to give him a 2nd shot at a HC if things with Mularkey don’t work out.

  9. ONLY 3 years?! He is on the floor right now thanking his lucky stars as they have just aligned. This bodes well for Houston, Indianapolis and even Jacksonville.

  10. dryzzt23 says:
    Jan 20, 2016 10:24 AM

    I don’t see a problem with this. It’s a SMART business decision.
    I would hope that they would do the same thing with a marginal or declining player.
    Regardless of the coaches and players, the franchise must survive by not increasing overhead and increasing revenue.

    What? By not increasing overhead and increasing revenue?

    This is the NFL, they don’t need to sell a single ticket or jersey to make a profit. They are guaranteed a profit just from the TV revenues.

    This is the guy they chose to coach the team. A 3 year contract means they aren’t very secure in his hire. Which then means they aren’t very secure with their internal process of finding a coach. In other words, there is a reason they are at the bottom of the league… there are more problems then just the coaches and players. It extends to front office and ownership situation.

    What worthy coach would accept a 3 year contract? If that’s what they are offering, no wonder they ended up with Mularkey.

    It’s like saying… I want to buy a brand new car… but I don’t want to spend more then 10k. Good luck.

    No fan of the team should have confidence in Mularkey. The front office doesn’t even have it.

    A couple million is nothing to NFL teams. Nothing. So go ahead Titans fans and enjoy your new coach who also happens to basically be a lame duck coach. Buy those season tickets with this fresh start.

    I feel bad for Titans fans.

  11. He’s worse than Whistenhunt. What a waste of time and money. This is why the Titans don’t get no where. Give me the GM job and I will find you better coach.

  12. What the hell? The guy had absolutely no leverage. Three years is too long. The only reason to give him even two years would be so that he can attract assistants. And he’s keeping a bunch of the ones that were already there.

    Worst ownership in pro sports.

  13. bassplucker says:
    Jan 20, 2016 10:44 AM

    If they tied it to the length of the new GM’s contract then it makes perfect sense. Give both guys the same window in which to turn things around and if there’s not enough improvement dump them both and start fresh.

    If the new GM has a longer contract then you know they are willing to give him a 2nd shot at a HC if things with Mularkey don’t work out.

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    If Mularkey sucks they kind of have to give him another shot. It was their stipulation that they would only give the GM job to someone who was willing to keep Mularkey since Strunk & him had become good friends (stupid reason to keep him btw). He didn’t get to choose his coach, he almost certainly gets another shot if (WHEN) Mularkey crashes & burns.

  14. Long gone are the days of Steve McNair, Eddie George, and Jevon Kearse. The Titans used to be a great team, but ever since those players left this team has been average at best, and that starts from the top. I have a feeling they’re going to ruin Mariota’s promising career.

  15. I dont have the energy for mob mentality anymore regarding the Titans, lol. I was hoping they’d stretch out somewhat on a new coach. But I like Mike. He is a good offensive guy. Lebeau probably returns…Defense definitely improved. We shall see.

  16. If they start making a lot of moves to make a line that protects their QB, I’ll take him and the new GM seriously. They have way too many needs right now, but that’s where I’d start.

  17. jmc8888 says:
    Jan 20, 2016 11:03 AM

    dryzzt23 says:
    Jan 20, 2016 10:24 AM

    I don’t see a problem with this. It’s a SMART business decision.
    I would hope that they would do the same thing with a marginal or declining player.
    Regardless of the coaches and players, the franchise must survive by not increasing overhead and increasing revenue.

    What? By not increasing overhead and increasing revenue?

    This is the NFL, they don’t need to sell a single ticket or jersey to make a profit. They are guaranteed a profit just from the TV revenues.

    This is the guy they chose to coach the team. A 3 year contract means they aren’t very secure in his hire. Which then means they aren’t very secure with their internal process of finding a coach. In other words, there is a reason they are at the bottom of the league… there are more problems then just the coaches and players. It extends to front office and ownership situation.

    What worthy coach would accept a 3 year contract? If that’s what they are offering, no wonder they ended up with Mularkey.

    It’s like saying… I want to buy a brand new car… but I don’t want to spend more then 10k. Good luck.

    No fan of the team should have confidence in Mularkey. The front office doesn’t even have it.

    A couple million is nothing to NFL teams. Nothing. So go ahead Titans fans and enjoy your new coach who also happens to basically be a lame duck coach. Buy those season tickets with this fresh start.

    I feel bad for Titans fans.
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    Already cut a check for my season tickets. You going to blame me for supporting my team too?

  18. lol 2016 3-13
    2017 1-5 start , and fan base lamenting ray hortons hot start to his head coaching career … mularkey goes golfing full time and they hire a new interim coach to complete a 2-14 year in 2017 …. woe be the titans…… hungry years ahead .

  19. Maybe I should put in a resume to be the Titans’ coach with that awesome severance pay (Whisenhunt 5 years’ pay for 1 1/2 years, Mularkey (assuming he gets the boot after 2016) 4 years pay for 1/12 years)

    To make a long story short, if Mularkey is fired after the season, then they’ll be paying dead money to TWO fired coaches for 2017 and 2018… But I guess Amy Adams is saying, “It’s Daddy’s money anyway, so”…

  20. I think this is another piece of evidence that the current owners don’t want too many personnel tied up to long contracts because the team is for sale. No matter what Wilford Brimley’s stunt double says.

  21. The problem starts at the top with the absentee ownership. That’s why the Titans are a dumpster fire, not quite Browns-esque but pretty darned close.

  22. @granadafan says:
    Jan 20, 2016 2:07 PM

    The problem starts at the top with the absentee ownership. That’s why the Titans are a dumpster fire, not quite Browns-esque but pretty darned close.
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    How is it exactly? Kenneth Adams has been in the building for a dozen years. Amy Strunk has been to every game since becoming the controlling owner. I am not sure what you mean with your post. Maybe you live in Nashville like me and know something I do not.

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