Only two days after watching the Tennessee Titans get their heads handed to them in a 20-6 loss to the Houston Texans, the Houston-based owners have decided the Ken Whisenhunt era was over in Music City and have fired the embattled coach on Tuesday morning.
Senior Editor and Staff Writer Jim Wyatt delivered the new via Titansonline this morning and says they have appointed Mike Mularkey who has been the Assistant Head coach/Tight Ends as the interim head coach.
“After thoughtful consideration, the decision has been made to relieve Ken Whisenhunt of his head coaching duties,” said Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk. “We have expected more progress on the field, and I felt it was time to move in a different direction. I would like to thank Ken for his efforts with our team, as he worked very hard to try to move us forward.”
Mike Mularkey, who served as assistant head coach/tight ends under Whisenhunt, will take over as interim coach. Mularkey has 20-plus years of NFL coaching experience, including three seasons as a head coach. Mularkey served two seasons as head coach of the Buffalo Bills (2004-05), where he went 14-18, and one season as head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars (2012). In his first season with the Bills, the team went 9-7 to post their only winning season in over a decade.
Mularkey was a highly successful offensive coordinator with the Steelers and Falcons. He joined the Titans as tight ends coach in 2014 before being elevated to assistant head coach in 2015.
I have watched every game this team has played this season, and what started out as an exciting young football team has turned into a disaster.
On one hand I felt that Whisenhunt was doing what he could with the players he has, but maybe it’s time for a change.
I also felt that his reluctance to lean on the running game that is showing signs of life was getting his quarterbacks sacked in every third down that counted this season.
If anything, the fans that have been deserting the sinking ship will have something new to look forward to when the team travels to New Orleans to face the Saints this Sunday at the Super Dome.