The Titans have given interim head coach Mike Mularkey strong indications that he will be taking over as head coach, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. Still, the Titans will continue to interview candidates. In addition to Mularkey, the Titans will also talk with Teryl Austin and Doug Marrone this week (link).
With Jon Robinson set to take over as GM, there have been conflicting reports about what the Titans will do at head coach. Shalise Manza Young of Yahoo Sports reported that the ex-Bucs exec will tap Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels as his head coach. Meanwhile, Terry McCormick of Cover32 indicated that Mularkey was likely to be retained as head coach. Right now, it would appear that Mularkey is the frontrunner for the post, though the team will still meet with other candidates. Ed Werder of ESPN.com (on Twitter) hears that Robinson was given the job, in part, because he was willing to consider Mularkey as his head coach. Still, Werder adds, he has a history with McDaniels.
In 2015, the Titans sunk to a 3-13 record, despite rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota serving as a distinct bright spot. In November, the Titans canned Ken Whisenhunt and appointed Mularkey as the team’s interim coach. Mularkey previously served as Tennessee’s assistant head coach and tight ends coach. The veteran coach has a pair of head coaching jobs on his resume, having held the role in Buffalo in 2004 and 2005, then again in Jacksonville in 2012.
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