Things change quickly in the NFL. I was asked on Saturday night how the Tennessee Titans / New England Patriots game went. I told them that the Titans scored the first and last touchdown, the Patriots scored the five in between. There were high hopes for the Titans going into the game, and even with the loss, the club was talking to Head Coach Mike Mularkey about a contract extension. But that was yesterday. Today Mularkey and the Titans have agreed to part ways, making them the latest team to be looking for a new head coach.
Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk said in a statement:
It is certainly unfortunate that we couldn't find enough common ground. I generally believe that continuity is the best path for success, but I also view this as an important moment for our football team as we try to make that next step to sustained success on the field. Jon will begin the search immediately to identify that person.
'Jon' in her statement is Jon Robinson, the teams general manager.
Adams Strunk also said:
I want to thank Mike Mularkey for his contributions to our franchise over his tenure with our organization. He took over our team during a low moment and together with Jon built a solid foundation for our franchise. I appreciated that Mike devoted himself to this team and the community.
Mularkey was the interim head coach for nine games in 2015 before taking over full time in 2016. He went 20-21 in his time with the Titans and guided Tennessee to back-to-back 9-7 records. Before losing to the Patriots on Saturday, they beat the Kansas City Chiefs in the Wildcard Round the week before, coming back from 18 points down.