First it was Joe Philibin, now it’s Ken Whisenhunt – the latest NFL head coach to get the axe. Whisenhunt posted a 3-20 record during a less than two year tenure in Tennessee – 1-6 so far this season.
The Titans promoted assistant head coach/tight ends coach, Mike Mularkey to fill the void as the interim coach in Tennessee. Mularkey has head coaching experience with three years split between Buffalo and Jacksonville where he compiled a 16-32 record.
After a disappointing 1-6 start after entering the season with high hopes, the front office felt that warranted a change. The Titans have dropped their last 6 games after winning in the opening week.
Mularkey inherits a team clearly in rebuilding mode, but they have the most vital piece for the process which is a franchise QB in Marcus Mariota. Mularkey has already stated that changes are coming, especially on offense. He serves as a much better coach to groom the young QB than Whisenhunt.
Matt Leinart spoke out and expressed his pleasure of Whisenhunt’s termination. Leinart was a former QB selected in the first round by Whisenhunt back with the Arizona Cardinals. He took to Twitter with these remarks:
“Titans coach fired. Now Marcus Mariota has a chance!”
Leinart is widely considered one of the biggest busts in NFL history and as you remember, was beaten out by Kurt Warner on those Cardinals teams – one of which reached the Super Bowl.
If Mularkey doesn’t stick, which is expected, the Titans will likely look to hire an offensive personality to help bring Mariota along. Some early candidates include Josh McDaniels, Rob Chudzinski and perhaps Jim Mora.