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Team: Tennessee Titans
Age / DOB:  (54) / 11/19/1961
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 240
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Titans coach Mike Mularkey will call his own plays in 2016.
Speaking at his introductory presser on Monday, Mularkey said his offense would feature "deception with balance." Whatever that means. Mularkey has been called a "quarterback whisperer" by owner Steve Underwood, but next to nothing on his résumé supports that. Mularkey's most notable pupil is Matt Ryan, whom he was fired from coaching after the 2011 season. 2016 figures to be a lost, pointless year in Tennessee. Jan 18 - 2:45 PM

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Titans named interim coach Mike Mularkey head coach.

It's hard to fathom a less-inspiring hire. It's arguably the league's worst since the Jags hired Mularkey in 2012, only to fire him after one season. With a chaotic ownership setup and a rookie general manager, the Titans opted for continuity with Marcus Mariota, but nothing in Mularkey's history suggests he'll be the one to get the most out of his young and gifted dual-threat quarterback. The Titans are simply addicted to bad decisions. It's quite possible they'll be forced to embark on an actual head-coaching search this time next year.
Jan 16 - 6:13 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Titans job is interim coach "Mike Mularkey's to lose."

Current DC Ray Horton's interview is the last one Tennessee has scheduled, and they could fill the job as early as Saturday. If Mularkey lands the job, Rapoport reports it will be on a short-term extension, and he will have to bring in a new offensive coordinator. The Titans have ownership concerns, but they also have a franchise quarterback, young talent on both sides of the ball and the No. 1 overall pick. Deciding to go with Mularkey instead of a higher-upside outside option would be an incredibly unimaginative move.
Jan 16 - 10:53 AM

ESPN's Ed Werder reports new Titans GM Jon Robinson "emerged" as the lead candidate for the position because of "his willingness to retain Mike Mularkey" as head coach.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport added Mularkey "has been given strong indications that the Titans job is his." There are reports Robinson would be interested in Patriots OC Josh McDaniels at head coach, but ownership apparently is very interested in retaining Mularkey, who is 4-21 in his last 25 games as a head coach. It is a baffling decision for an organization set up to make a splash hire. With Marcus Mariota, foundational pieces on defense and the No. 1 overall pick, the Titans are a team with a ton of upside. Hiring a retread who has already proven he is not up to the task would be a quick way to stunt that potential.
Jan 14 - 11:23 AM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Titans interim coach Mike Mularkey is the "clear frontrunner" to replace Ken Whisenhunt.

It's hard to make this stuff up sometimes. The Titans have yet to even hire a general manager, but are apparently comfortable saddling whomever replaces Ruston Webster with a 54-year-old interim coach. This is how bad teams stay bad. Mularkey's formal interview is expected to come later in the week. The Titans have yet to interview anyone else, so it indeed appears to be Mularkey's job to lose.
Jan 11 - 5:49 PM

TitansInsider's Terry McCormick reports the Titans have yet to contact any coaching candidates.

There have been reports interim coach Mike Mularkey could land the permanent job, and this report lends some credence to that notion. With GM Ruston Webster out of a contract and perhaps out of a job, it is possible the Titans are simply waiting to contact coaching candidates until a new general manager is in place. Mularkey had a mildly successful season with the Bills in 2004, but he is 9-32 as a head coach since then and led the Titans to a 2-7 record after taking over this year. Keeping Mularkey would be a short-sighted and low-upside move. With Marcus Mariota already in the fold and talent on the defensive side of the ball, Tennessee would be an enticing destination for some of the top coaching candidates.
Jan 4 - 10:55 AM

Titans named Mike Mularkey interim head coach.

Mularkey was the tight ends coach last season before being promoted to assistant head coach of the offense this offseason. Mularkey has a 16-32 record in three years as a head coach in the NFL including a 2-14 record in his only year leading the Jaguars in 2012. Mularkey did lead the Bills to a 9-7 record in his first year in charge in 2004, which was Buffalo's lone winning season of the 2000s before last year. Tennessee will be in the market for a new head coach this offseason.
Tue, Nov 3, 2015 10:52:00 AM

Titans promoted TEs coach Mike Mularkey to assistant head coach/offense.

Mularkey will apparently coordinate the Titans' running game. It's a college setup, one that undermines OC Jason Michael. The promotion likely comes as a result of the interest Mularkey drew as a potential offensive coordinator from the Bears and Bucs. We'd be stunned if it had any effect whatsoever on the Titans' undermanned offense.
Thu, Feb 5, 2015 01:38:00 PM

The Titans have denied the Bears permission to interview TEs coach Mike Mularkey for their offensive-coordinator vacancy.

Mularkey was also blocked from interviewing with the Bucs. It's a blessing in disguise for Chicago, as Mularkey's conservative play-calling would have made him a questionable hire. The Bears are expected to interview ex-49ers DC Vic Fangio and former Raiders coach Dennis Allen for their defensive-coordinator job this weekend.
Sat, Jan 17, 2015 04:56:00 PM

The Bears have requested permission to interview Titans TEs coach Mike Mularkey for their offensive-coordinator vacancy.

Mularkey is the first offensive coordinator linked to John Fox. It’s not clear if the Titans will block him from interviewing after he was denied permission with the Bucs. Mularkey had modest success coordinating Atlanta's offense from 2008-11, but would be an uninspiring hire.
Fri, Jan 16, 2015 05:50:00 PM

FOX's Mike Garafolo reports the Bears are interested in Titans TEs coach Mike Mularkey for their offensive-coordinator vacancy.

The Bucs previously tried to interview Mularkey, but were denied permission by the Titans. The ex-Jags coach coordinated Atlanta's offense from 2008-11. He'd be a staid hire for a team that already went that route at head coach with John Fox. It would be very hard to envision Mularkey coaxing the best out of Jay Cutler.
Fri, Jan 16, 2015 03:18:00 PM

The Bucs' request to speak with Titans TEs coach Mike Mularkey about their offensive-coordinator vacancy has been denied by Tennessee.

We'd consider the Bucs lucky here. Mularkey has been about as vanilla as it gets as an offensive play-caller in the past. Tampa Bay needs to be aiming higher.
Fri, Jan 2, 2015 10:43:00 AM

The Bucs are expected to interview Titans TEs coach Mike Mularkey for their offensive coordinator vacancy.

The Dirk Koetter idea is much better. Mularkey spent 2014 working under old pal Ken Whisenhunt in Nashville. The 53-year-old failed miserably as the Falcons' offensive coordinator from 2008-2011 and is ostensibly only still in the league because he has so many friends in it. The NFL is a Good Ole Boys network.
Thu, Jan 1, 2015 09:22:00 PM

Titans hired ex-Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey as tight ends coach.

This has been in the works for about a week now, however it was uncertain whether Mularkey would coach the Titans quarterbacks or tight ends. Mularkey, 52, and coach Ken Whisenhunt worked together with the Steelers from 2001-2003. Mularkey was the offensive coordinator, while Whisenhunt coached tight ends. Whisenhunt replaced Mularkey as OC in 2004.
Wed, Jan 22, 2014 04:06:00 PM

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