No one around the National Football League is talking about the Tennessee Titans week 17 match-up against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. They are however, taking odds on how long head coaches Mike Mularkey and Chuck Pagano will survive on “Black Monday”.
I feel bad for Mike Mularkey because I think he inherited a hand that was next to impossible to win with. He is obviously a player’s coach who has earned the respect of his players, but I’m not sure he’s the coach who can lead this rudderless ship out of obscurity.
Mulrakey had two mandates from ownership(Amy Adams Strunk) when he took over for Ken Whisenhunt on November 3rd.
Protect Marcus Mariota and just win baby.
As we get ready for the season finale’ tomorrow, Marcus Mariota is out due to injuries, and Mularkey has a 2-6 record.
Not a ringing endorsement for keeping his job going forward.
In all fairness, It is difficult for any NFL team to make major changes to the season game plan once they leave training camp, and Mike Mularkey had to deal with the mess, and mistakes made by his predecessor.
With that being said, I have watched every Titans post-game and post-practice pressers since the season started, and I don’t get the feeling that Mike Mularkey has the “type A” personality that can survive in the Music City environment.
It’s hard to do battle with management when you are not getting the assets needed to be successful, especially in the NFL, all while you are in fear of losing your job. Just ask Jim Harbaugh!
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Like Mularkey, Colts head man, Chuck Pagano will be on the same hot-seat when the two teams take the field at Lucas Oil Stadium tomorrow and will likely not survive Black Monday.
Even after winning the AFC South and going deep into the playoffs the last three years, Colts owner Jim Irsay was on record as saying it was Super Bowl or Bust for Pagano this year.
That, a tumultous relationship with general manager, Ryan Grigson and a 3000-1 chance of even making the playoffs almost certainly spells the end of Chuck Pagano in Indianapolis.
With Marcus Mariota and Andrew Luck both wearing ball caps and carrying a clipboard tomorrow, this week 17 matchup could be a close game.
The Titans will start Zach Mettenberger at quarterback with Alex Tanney in the wings in case of injury. Tanney spent some time on the Colts practice squad while the Colts sign former Buccaneer starter, Josh Freeman to back up Matt Hasselbeck.
The Titans do not need the first pick in the 2016 Draft, and even if they win this game, will get a good pick.
That gives Mike Mularkey one last chance to win another game.
I don’t think that will secure his future in Nashville, and I don’t think an Indianapolis win will secure Chuck Pagano’s future, so let’s let them play, and may the best team(and coach) win.
I don’t think either coach survives “Black Monday”!