Tennessee Titans: Tuesday News Links


The Tennessee Titans’ search to fill vacancies at general manager and head coach will have to wait a couple of days as managing owner Amy Adams Strunk and team president Steve Underwood will be attending the NFL owners meetings in Houston which begin today.

Strunk and Underwood represent half of the interviewing committee in Music City which will make a decision on the future employees who will attempt to lead this franchise out of mediocrity.

The NFL owners in Houston today and tomorrow will be voting on which teams will have an opportunity to move their teams to the Los Angeles area and when.

There isn’t a lot of news surrounding the Tennessee Titans this week, but let’s get to what’s available.

Titans will begin coach search with Mike Mularkey – Jason Wolf The Tennessean

The Titans are beginning to turn their attention to the hunt for a head coach.

Tennessee will interview Mike Mularkey on Thursday, according to a league source, beginning the process with the most familiar candidate. Mularkey finished with a 2-7 record as interim coach after former coach Ken Whisenhunt was fired Nov. 3.

Many think that because the Titans haven’t had much activity surrounding the coaching search is an indicator that they may be leaning in the direction of giving Mike Mularkey another chance.

Mularkey really didn’t get a chance to implement his system during the season and was stuck with many of Ken Whisenhunt’s systems, plays and schemes.

The other side of the equation may point to the team wanting the new general manager(whoever he is) to have some input on the coaching selection.

Chip Kelly’s history of QB injuries leaves Titans hesitant: Report – Geoffrey C. Arnold The Oregonian

“Mariota’s future, and his ability to hold up over the long haul, is a priority for the Titans. And so, there’s skepticism in Tennessee’s building over the idea that the decision makers there would be willing to bring in Chip Kelly to work with his college quarterback, because the ex-Eagles coach presided over a significant number of QB injuries (Mike Vick, Nick Foles, Sam Bradford) in Philly.”

I have felt that protecting Marcus Mariota can be solved by hiring a top offensive line coach who knows how to develop players into NFL linemen.

With that being said however, I have also felt that Chip Kelly would stunt Marcus Mariota’s growth into an NFL caliber quarterback by trying to run read option plays that were successful at Oregon and have not proved to be successful in the NFL.

Should the Titans cut Jason McCourty? – Jimmy Morris Music City Miracles

Jason Fitzgerald of OverTheCap.com wrote a post today detailing one move each AFC team should make this offseason.  His suggestion was for the Titans to cutJason McCourty.  Here is what he wrote:

"McCourty signed a pretty nice extension during the first wave of exploding cornerback contracts before the market began to pull back when it was clear that teams were overpaying for the position. The Titans are still overpaying for McCourty who is scheduled to have a cap charge of $8.8 million, $7 million of which can be saved if they cut him. The Titans should be fully remaking the roster and part of that should include release, among others, McCourty."

Next: Why Chris Ballard is the best option for the Titans

Four scenarios from the Titans going forward – Paul Kuharsky ESPN

Four scenarios for the Tennessee Titans, whose search for a general manager and a coach is ongoing.