Published: Wed, January 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Titans announce they are parting ways with Mike Mularkey

Titans announce they are parting ways with Mike Mularkey

Or sticking with the same coach.

The Tennessee Titans announced they have parted ways with head coach Mike Mularkey after the two parties couldn't come to an agreement on a contract extension.

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Don't misunderstand me. On the field - which is how a lot of folks spending large amounts of their hard-earned cash for tickets, parking and concessions judge the team on eight autumn Sundays at Nashville's Nissan Stadium - the Titans haven't been easy to watch for close to a decade. Just to eliminate any distractions moving forward, Mike Mularkey is our head coach and will be our head coach moving forward.

Earlier on Monday, Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk announced the team had made a decision to part ways with Mularkey.

The Lions and Titans have followed eerily similar paths for years, dating back to when Detroit was prepared to send a private plane to go fetch Ken Whisenhunt was to make him its next coach in 2014 and Whisenhunt abruptly chose Tennessee's opening instead, and the Lions wound up with Caldwell. Mariota regressed from 2016-17 despite steering the Titans to the playoffs for the first time in nine seasons and giving the franchise its first postseason win since the 2003 campaign. The Titans earned a playoff berth this season and upset the Kansas City Chiefs in the Wild Card Round before falling to the Patriots in the Divisional Round.

His devotion to an offense he's known since being offensive coordinator in Pittsburgh between 2001 and 2003 may have cost him.

But he said he had talked with Strunk and was ready to move "full speed" ahead. He defended offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie's play-calling, saying he was happy with Mariota's development.

Prior to taking the Titans job, Mularkey was the head coach for the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars.

"It is certainly unfortunate that we couldn't find enough common ground".

According to reports, Strunk and general manager Jon Robinson wanted Mularkey to shake up his assistant coach staff, and Mularkey refused.

Add one more to the list of head coaching vacancies in the National Football League this offseason. "So no, I did not", he said. More likely, though, is that Quinn and Robinson felt like they could go for something better than 9-7, something they knew they could get. McDaniels should have been hired when the Titans originally hired Mularkey years ago.

Mariota also had is worst season yet with a career-worst 15 interceptions and 13 touchdowns. Also, Jackson likes the vertical passing approach while Mularkey goes with more of a run-based offense. Mularkey's Titans pulled that off with a thrilling 22-21 upset win in Arrowhead, but fell to the Patriots 35-14.

"Marcus is a pretty resilient guy", Robinson said. "He's a very mentally tough guy", Robinson said. "I just assumed the worst".

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