The Titans removed the interim label off of head coach and went with Mike Mularkey over other candidates such as Ray Horton, Doug Marrone and Teryl Austin. Mularkey took over as the coach when the team fired Ken Whisenhunt in early November. Tennessee went 2-7 with Mularkey at the helm and earned the first pick in the 2016 NFL Draft as a result.
Fans in Nashville aren’t very happy. The team hasn’t been to the playoffs in ages and is coming off a 3-13 season. In 2014 the Titans went 2-14 and there has been a cloud of uncertainty around them since Bud Adams died. The rumor in the Music City is that the team could be up for sale. Last week the team’s “owner” Amy Adams Strunk didn’t even go to the owner’s meetings in Houston, which is where she actually lives. She sent Titans President, Steve Underwood in her place and stayed in Nashville to look for a coach and GM.
The Titans have a history of underwhelming coaching hires over the years. When the team finally parted ways with Jeff Fisher in 2011 Bud Adams hired his offensive line coach Mike Munchak. Munchak went 22-26 in his three years in Nashville and never made the playoffs.
When you look at social media Titans fans are up in arms over the hire. Having lived in the AFC South in recent years many around Nashville had hoped that the team could make a splash and get a sexy candidate like Josh McDaniels from New England. Instead they get Mularkey who is 18-39 as a head coach. Yesterday FireMikeMularkey.com appeared online and fans have been ranting all day on it about the Titans decision.
But it’s not all gloom and doom in the Music City. Tennessee has the #1 pick in the draft and holds all the cards in the draft. The Titans could trade back and stock up the draft picks or they can go and get Laremy Tunsil or Joey Bosa to build around. With New England not having a fist round pick Tennessee will pick again at #33 and will get basically another first round pick.
Mularkey does a pretty bad record. But when you look at the teams he inherited in Buffalo and Jacksonville it’s no surprise they didn’t do very well. Mularkey went 2-7 last year and 3 of those games were decided by less than a touchdown. Had the team won those games and been 5-4 in their last nine fans would probably be singing a different tune.
The draft is three months away and the 2016 season is eight months away. There will be plenty to talk about in Nashville in the meantime.