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The Tennessee Titans believe the potential reward from quarterback Marcus Mariota working with his third head coach in his fourth NFL season outweighs the risk of change.
Or sticking with the same coach.
So now the Titans are looking for a new coach to replace Mike Mularkey and build off the franchise’s first playoff win in 14 years to make them a true NFL contender.
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The Titans fired Mike Mularkey on Monday, less than 48 hours after a 35-14 loss to New England in the AFC divisional round. Mularkey revived a team with the NFL’s worst record over two seasons and led them to their first playoff victory in 14 years only to become the first coach let go after winning a playoff game since San Francisco fired Steve Mariucci after the 2002 season.
Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk turned to Mularkey in November 2015 when she fired Ken Whisenhunt after 23 games . Mularkey went 2-7 down the stretch as the Titans finished 3-13 to land the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2016. That capped a 5-27 record over 2014 and 2015 that was the NFL’s worst.
Mularkey led the Titans to back-to-back 9-7 records – their first consecutive winning records since 2007-08. He finished with a 21-22 record after a season in which the Titans cost themselves the AFC South title with a three-game skid in December and needed to beat the Jaguars, now in the AFC championship game, to reach the postseason for the first time since 2008.
His devotion to an offense he’s known since being offensive coordinator in Pittsburgh between 2001 and 2003 may have cost him. He said Sunday he was prepared to move ”full speed” ahead after talking with Strunk. He defended offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie’s play-calling, saying he was happy with Mariota’s development.
Mularkey also said he didn’t anticipate any changes on his coaching staff a week after Strunk issued a statement on his job security . But talk of an extension since a 22-21 comeback win against Kansas City in the wild-card round ended Monday morning when Robinson and president and chief executive officer Steve Underwood told Mularkey he was being let go.
Strunk called it ”unfortunate” that they couldn’t find common ground on how to improve.
”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,” Strunk said in a statement.
Now Robinson will oversee his first coaching search with the Titans the seventh NFL team to change coaches since the start of the season. He was hired two days before Mularkey had the interim title removed in January 2016.
”This boils down to doing what we think is best for the football team moving forward, taking the next step,” Robinson said.
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”This is a very attractive job for a lot of candidates,” Robinson said. ”I look forward to working with whoever the next head coach is. I think that they will see that myself and Amy will be unified with them in our vision for the football team.”
In Mularkey’s first full season, the Titans led the NFL scoring touchdowns inside the red zone, and they led the AFC while ranking third in rushing offense. Mariota also threw 26 touchdowns with only nine interceptions.
This season, the Titans failed to take advantage of an AFC South in which Andrew Luck did not play for Indianapolis and two-time defending division champ Houston lost rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson to an injury early.
Mariota also had his worst season yet with a career-worst 15 interceptions and 13 touchdowns. The run game, the basis of Mularkey’s offense, slumped to 15th in the NFL.
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”Marcus is a pretty resilient guy,” Robinson said. ”He’s a very mentally tough guy. He takes a lot from the standpoint of ownership in things. I have zero concern in Marcus being able to adapt and learn, and do what’s best to get the offense going.
AP Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow contributed to this report.
The Latest on the parade for the Super Bowl-winning Philadelphia Eagles (all times local):
Police are so far only reporting one act of violence after hundreds of thousands of Eagles fans hit the streets to fete their Super Bowl champion Eagles.
Police say someone was stabbed about a half-block off the parade route. No details were given and the person’s condition wasn’t revealed.
Throngs of adoring fans swarmed the city to see their champs parade up Broad Street. Overall, the crowds were buoyant and peaceful. There’s no word on any arrests.
Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney had asked fans to celebrate with passion and pride after Sunday’s wild postgame celebration was marred by small pockets of ”knuckleheads” who resorted to violence and vandalism.
The biggest problem facing parade-goers Thursday afternoon was making the trip home on mass transit. One heavily used subway station was closed about an hour after the victory rally ended due to overcrowding.
The championship Philadelphia Eagles ended their raucous, emotional rally by giving props to their fans.
Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles and Carson Wentz thanked the roaring crowds from the ”Rocky” steps at the art museum Thursday, and Jason Kelce gave a rousing lecture on the meaning of the word underdog for Philadelphia.
It was a passionate defense of the coach and general manager and went through all the criticism they have faced over the years.
Malcolm Jenkins also hit the underdog theme: ”They doubted us as players, they doubted us as a team.”
The team descended the art museum steps to Meek Mill’s ”Dreams and Nightmares.” The incarcerated Philadelphia rapper’s song has become an anthem for the team this season.
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Players are taking turns thanking the roaring crowd.
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The city has said they aren’t planning to release any crowd size estimates after Thursday’s festivities, making any number a guess as easily inflatable as a football (sorry Pats fans).
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