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    Official: Titans, Mike Mularkey part ways

    The Titans were a surprise playoff team this year, and many had Mularkey not lasting to next year, much less discussing an extension. Is extending Mularkey the right decision for the Titans?

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Mike Mularkey is returning as Tennessee Titans head coach and is talking with the Titans about a contract extension that would keep him in town beyond the 2018 season, a league source confirmed to ESPN.

    Initial talks began last week following the Titans' 22-21 wild-card playoff victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.

    The Titans made progress in 2017, finishing 9-7 and making the playoffs for the first time since the 2008 season. They overcame an 18-point deficit at Kansas City to win their first playoff game since the 2003 season. Their season ended with a 35-14 divisional-round playoff loss at New England. Mularkey has gone 19-15 (including playoffs) in his two seasons as full-time head coach. His contract is currently set to expire following the 2018 season.

    It seems the Titans' playoff run and growing culture has contributed to the team's decision to stick with Mularkey despite some offensive struggles. The Titans finished 23rd in the NFL in total offense and passing offense.


    Mike Mularkey will be back as Titans coach in 2018 and has been engaged in contract extension talks with the organization since last week's wild-card victory, a league source confirmed to ESPN. His current deal is set to expire after the 2018 season. Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports
    "Yeah, we're moving forward full speed ahead," Mularkey said Sunday afternoon in his end-of-season news conference, while declining to address the status of his extension talks. "Going to give the coaches off this week and get us into the Senior Bowl next week. Got a lot of work to do with two weeks into the offseason already."

    There was a lot of speculation and reports regarding Mularkey's uncertain job security prior to Week 17's win over Jacksonville to make the playoffs and the Kansas City matchup a week later. Mularkey called the situation "ridiculous" and noted the lack of support he felt from the Titans organization. Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk gave him a vote of confidence that has led to his 2018 return and likely longer.

    NFL Network was the first to report Mularkey's extension talks with the Titans.

    Moving forward, the Titans are happy with their progress but hoping they can reach the next level of being a championship contender in coming seasons.

    Mularkey said he does not anticipate making changes to his staff while lauding the job that offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie has done as the team's playcaller. Mularkey also said he has not talked with defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, or his other assistants, but he was happy with LeBeau's job as defensive coordinator and anticipates he will return.

    "He's an amazing man," said Mularkey.

    LeBeau, 80, has 59 consecutive seasons as a NFL player or coach. He makes his decision on whether to return on a yearly basis after the season is over.

    Mularkey's desire for continuity on his staff coincides with his happiness in quarterback Marcus Mariota's development. Mariota had his worst season statistically as a NFL QB in 2017, throwing for a career-low 13 passing touchdowns and career-high 15 interceptions during the regular season, but Mularkey linked those numbers to the various injuries Mariota suffered during the season, and some mistakes by his young receivers.

    A Mularkey extension would make any potential open assistant position on his coaching staff more attractive for outside candidates.

    The next challenge for Mularkey and his staff is to figure out how to maximize Mariota's skill set and elevate the offense to match up better against the AFC's elite teams. This will be more important next season as the AFC South strengthens with Jacksonville's emergence along with the likely returns of quarterbacks Deshaun Watson and Andrew Luck to Houston and Indianapolis, respectively.

    http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/2...ract-extension

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    poor Titans.

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    Before they won that playoff game reports where he might not be back if they don't. So they somehow win the game, owner backs up the coach and he goes out and gets destroyed next week vs the Pats. Now he is going to extend him too? Odd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wrench View Post
    Before they won that playoff game reports where he might not be back if they don't. So they somehow win the game, owner backs up the coach and he goes out and gets destroyed next week vs the Pats. Now he is going to extend him too? Odd.
    That's exactly my thought. I get not firing him after winning the game against Kansas City, but there is no need to extend him right now, especially if most of his staff will return. The only reason to extend him is to have him not appear as a lame-duck coach.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThomasTomasz View Post
    That's exactly my thought. I get not firing him after winning the game against Kansas City, but there is no need to extend him right now, especially if most of his staff will return. The only reason to extend him is to have him not appear as a lame-duck coach.
    I think it's the owner trying to make good with him after those earlier reports, so yea no "lame-duck" when we all know this extension makes him one.

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    Meh. It's probably like the Caldwell contract where it has an option after next year so the team can get out of it if the Titans underperform.

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    Mariotta injured his thigh after his first td which affected his mobility, it changed the dynamics of the game. I don`t think Mariotta gets sacked as much as he did if that didn`t happen. Titans were right there to start the game before the injury. I don`t think the titans win with how Brady was shredding them, but the Titans offense may not have looked as bad. And the impression of them and a Mularkey coached team after the game might have changed.

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    Mularkey is widely regarded as an at least bland if not worse coach but why would they fire him after going 9-7 in his first two full seasons with the team? They haven't really had any success going back to Jeff Fisher, haven't won a playoff game since 2003.

    Who is supposed to replace him and do better?

    The team still needs a little more talent, and for a fewer younger players to develop. If success doesn't follow that, then they can fire him.

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    @AdamSchefter
    Titans and head coach Mike Mularkey mutually agreed to part ways this morning, league source tells @FieldYates .


    PAPI SMASH!

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    Juicy spot for a gig IMO. A nice Young QB, who showed promise in the post-season. Davis, if Healthy can be a threat a WR IMO. A strong line and run game. Defense is iffy to average, but with a few tweaks and additions could be adequate or more.

    If I`m Josh McDaniels and don`t like the Giants gig, Im taking this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by j-bay View Post
    @AdamSchefter
    Titans and head coach Mike Mularkey mutually agreed to part ways this morning, league source tells @FieldYates .
    Ha ha, oops. I'll leave my comment up there though.

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    So much for that haha. Wonder if this was the owner seeing how the fans liked the idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QB_Eagles View Post
    Mularkey is widely regarded as an at least bland if not worse coach but why would they fire him after going 9-7 in his first two full seasons with the team? They haven't really had any success going back to Jeff Fisher, haven't won a playoff game since 2003.

    Who is supposed to replace him and do better?

    The team still needs a little more talent, and for a fewer younger players to develop. If success doesn't follow that, then they can fire him.
    I think that this decision comes solely due to Mularkey not accepting to let Robiskie go, and have a change of scenery among the coaching staff. There were reports in the final weeks of the regular season that he was disappointed the way Robiskie has called the games too, and would've fired him sooner if not for the fact that the team was still playing for a playoff spot.

    Then came the next day conference after the Pats game, in which he publicly states he doesn't think there will be any coaching staff changes, and that he is pleased with the job Robiskie has done.

    I liked him, much more than the Titans fanbase did. He showed a tendency to embrace change late in the season and let the offense evolve a bit, running more no-huddle, which both fans and players have been asking for. I would've been very fine with him staying, if he would've been on board with letting Robiskie go. But he didn't, and that's just unacceptable. This is also a very surprising decision, as most Titans fans believed the FO and the owner liked him too much to fire him. Seeing how this means they put the development of Mariota and the need of continuing to improve the state of the roster above all else, I'm very pleased with it.

    The truth is that Marcus looked pretty terrible for most of the year. Many share the blame for that, Marcus himself, as well as Robiskie & Mularkey for not recognizing the need to change and make the commitment to it sooner, injuries played a big part as well. I sincerely thank him for the way he helped turn this franchise around and eventually lead them to a very fulfilling playoff win, but he should know he has gotten himself fired by a very stupid decision made blindly out of loyalty. Or that's what I assume it is, he could just be so incompetent as to not see the way Robiskie has stalled the development of Marcus and the offense, as everyone would already tell you.

    P.S: McDaniels has been linked pretty hard to the Titans job ever since Mularkey took it. It's been rumored that he likes Marcus and the idea of building an offense around him. Now I can only hope Jon manages to bring him to Tennessee.
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    I think Tennessee would be a good spot for McDaniels, too.

    Wasn't their current GM part of the Patriots' front office as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by QB_Eagles View Post
    I think Tennessee would be a good spot for McDaniels, too.

    Wasn't their current GM part of the Patriots' front office as well?
    Yes, he was.

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