Tennessee Titans: Thursday News Links
By Les Bailey
Since the offseason started for the Tennessee Titans following their 30-24 loss to the Indianapolis Colts last Sunday, the management team in Music City has come front and center and are promising changes that will lead this franchise out of obscurity and back into prominence in the National Football League.
With a franchise quarterback and the number one pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the team stands at the crossroads once again with an opportunity to gather enough talent to make a difference, but the decisions they make in the next month will affect how this franchise fares going forward.
Ownership questions, a new general manager and coaching decisions should be the most important subjects on the minds of Titans fans around the world. Without good decisions in those three areas, everything else is lost.
Titans would be wise to reciprocate Josh McDaniels’ interest – Paul Kuharsky ESPN
Indications from people close to Josh McDaniels have been that he would pick his spots for a second try as an NFL head coach.
Now, according to ESPN’s John Clayton, the New England Patriots’ offensive coordinator believes the Tennessee Titans are worth considering.
Sources are putting out the word that he’s interested in them rather than any indications that the Titans have asked the Patriots for permission to talk to him. That may be cause for concern for those interested in seeing him interviewed.
The Titans may be starting the process off leaning toward incumbent interim coach Mike Mularkey.
While I don’t think Mike Mularkey got a fair shot at a full-time gig in Nashville after being stuck with Ken Whisenhunts systems, I think if the Titans organization wants to sell season tickets for the 2016 season, they will need to hire a head coach that will generate some excitement. And Mike Mularkey doesn’t!
With that being said, I think the new head coach needs to a top-notch prospect that can generate real excitement around the fan base.
Reasons for and against Titans keeping Mike Mularkey – John Glennon The Tennessean
Is it really fair to judge what he has and hasn’t done this year, considering everything was already in place? To make a difference, coaches need at least one full offseason and season — maybe two.
Offensively, the Titans were 31st overall when Mularkey took over (19th run, 28th pass) and were 30th overall prior to the the season finale (28th run, 24th pass).
Defensively, the Titans were fifth overall when Mularkey took over (21st run, third pass) and fell to 13th overall going into the finale (17th run, tied 7th pass).
Chip Kelly rumors now include Titans trade involving 1st round pick – Jimmy Morris Music City Miracles
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network went on 97.5 The Fanatic today and said not to rule out a trade between the Philadelphia Eagles and Tennessee Titans for Chip Kelly. He mentioned that the deal could include a first-round pick per Tweets from 97.5 The Fanatic. There was a time where I would have loved for the Titans to make a run at Kelly, but his NFL ship has sailed.
I agree with Jimmy here!
The one thing Ken Whisenhunt did with his time in Nashville, was start Marcus Mariota on the road to becoming a legitimate NFL pocket quarterback, something he has improved at during his first year.
Mariota has worked hard in his rookie year to become that quarterback, and to step back to the Chip Kelly system would be a step back for Mariota.
Titans working with NFL to resolve ownership questions – John Glennon The Tennessean
The Titans continue to work with the NFL about its questions regarding the team’s ownership, president and CEO Steve Underwood said Monday.
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Founder and owner Bud Adams died in 2013, leaving the franchise to a handful of family members. In March, the group met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to “ensure the team is under the proper ownership structure.”