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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Annapolis MD

    Titans, Mike Mularkey mutually 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.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Low Budgetville, NY
    That didn't last very long. My guess is that the the higher ups wanted him to fire Robiskie (OC) and he didn't want to, so now there is no more extension. Mularkey is gone.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Annapolis MD
    That makes sense. It's been announced as a mutual parting-

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Your moms house
    I want Steve Wilks as HC (Current Panthers DC) Players coach, Probably gets John DeFilippo as the new OC and we go back too the 4-3 base

    Titans 2018 Draft Class

    22. Rashaan Evans, ILB, Alabama
    41. Harold Landry, OLB, Boston College
    152. Dane Cruikshank, S, Arizona
    199. Luke Falk, QB, Washington State

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    "Mutual" is a strong word. Before getting into the Playoffs, it was made known they wanted to get rid of him. That said, he got us into playoffs. Moreover, we won a playoff game. You can't out and fire someone after that. It just looks bad. Mularkey says his coaching staff will stay the same. They hand him a poison pill contract. "Yeah, we'll re-sign you... but you have to get rid of the coordinators. Plain and simple." Management knew he wouldn't accept it. It was a trap.

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