Tennessee Titans split with coach Mike Mularkey

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Titans president/CEO Steve Underwood will also take part in the interviews, Robinson said, and he was with Robinson when Mularkey was informed of the decision this morning.

That vote of confidence was prompted by widespread speculation about Mularkey's future - a situation that Mularkey called "ridiculous" after Tennessee rallied from an 18-point deficit to beat Kansas City on January 6. "He took over our team during a low moment and together with (general manager) Jon (Robinson) built a solid foundation for our franchise". Mularkey isn't the man to guide them forward.

When a National Football League head coach gets axed, they say the same thing. For those old enough to remember former Ohio State coaching legend Woody Hayes's "3-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust" attack, the Titans have been closer to that than anything to do with the no-huddle. The Titans lost in the AFC divisional playoffs on Saturday to the Patriots. I appreciated that Mike devoted himself to this team and the community.

Not only did he lead the Tennessee Titans to a Wild Card victory over the heavily-favored Kansas City Chiefs on the road, he did so in style - putting the team on his back and stepping into a leadership role, no matter how vocal he is with his teammates. "Jon (Robinson) will begin the search immediately to identify that person".

"We're moving forward full speed ahead", said.

Despite the fact that he took the team to their first playoff run since 2008, most fans were glad to see him leave. Against defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau's game plans, Brady has produced a 7-2 record. They can't win big games in spite of their quarterback making the wrong reads and turning the football over. The veteran coach's stubbornness - that same stubbornness that convinced him an outdated system would be ideal for new age quarterback like Marcus Mariota - looks to have done him in. Many chalked up at least part of the Titans' loss to the Patriots due to a massive coaching discrepancy. This is the ideal job for McDaniels and, honestly, it was the one I thought Jon Gruden would come back for before he took over the Oakland Raiders.

Eberflus regularly ran the defensive meetings, particularly in Ryan's final season with the Cowboys. Their management team clearly saw that the stubborn Mularkey wasn't willing or able to adjust, preferring to stick with what has worked in the past instead of preparing for the future. And Pat Shurmur's work with Case Keenum could become stuff of legend if the Vikings march all the way to the Super Bowl.

The Giants had three finalists for the job: Shurmur, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia. "The quarterback position is a very important, if not the most important position on the field". With the excitement Watson produced before going down with a knee injury, the Texans chose to go all in with O'Brien.



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