The Tennessee Titans stated all along in their search for a head coach, interim coach Mike Mularkey would be given every chance to retain his job. On Saturday, Tennessee took the interim tag off Mularkey’s title and gave him a new one – head coach.
Mularkey was one of four candidates interviewed by team, which fired Ruston Webster as general manager and replaced him with Tampa Bay’s Jon Robinson. It was thought by some media reports that Josh McDaniels may be a candidate, but he wasn’t interviewed during the process.
The New England Patriots offensive coordinator is still part of the playoff run and could not be reached for time until the team was eliminated from contention.
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"I am honored to be named the head coach of the Titans," Mularkey said in a statement released by the team. "I will give all that I have to make this team successful and our city and fans proud.”
Mularkey will have more time to work Marcus Mariota, who showed promise when he wasn’t injured this season.
Tennessee will have to decide whether the team will draft for offense or defense with the first pick in the NFL Draft. Laremy Tunsil, a tackle from Mississippi or defensive end Joey Bose out of Ohio State could both be high on the team’s radar.
Mularkey has prior head coaching experience. He was the head man in Buffalo for the 2004 and 2005 seasons. In 2012, he was in Jacksonville.
The Titans said in a statement that Mularkey is the right person for the job and hope his time with the team will prove to help the team move forward in 2016.
Titans’ owner and co-chairman of the board of directors Amy Adams Strunk said in a statement. "Mike is a quality coach and an outstanding person who will help us build this team the right way.
Mularkey is known as a coach who is meticulous and detail oriented. He was also an offensive coordinator with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Miami Dolphins and Atlanta Falcons, and the tight ends coach for the Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.