While the Tennessee Titans are doing their due diligence in a search for their new general manager, the available head coaching candidates are being snapped up around the league. The word on the street is that the Titans brass will make an announcement on Thursday.
Even though the Titans have said that the new hires will be independent, it appears they want to hire the general manager first and that person will have input on a head-coaching selection.
Former general manager Ruston Webster was let go the day after the Titans wound up a 3-13 season and secured the number one pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Jason LaCanfora at CBS Sports was reported by Curtis Crabtree at ProFootballTalk as saying former Tampa Bay Buccaneer director of Player Personel, Jon Robinson is the front-runner for the job.
Robinson is a Tennessee Native and spent just the last two seasons with the Buccaneers after spending the previous 12 years with the New England Patriots. Robinson had served as the Patriots director of college scouting before getting the promotion to director of player personnel with the Bucs.
Other candidates include Chris Ballard, Ted Sundquist, Marc Ross, Chris Polian and Martin Mayhew.
With the offseason getting into full swing, the Titans need to get this position filled and get on with hiring a new head coach.
The head coaching carousel is slowing down, and the Titans need to get their guy before all of the interesting selections are hired by other teams,
Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator, Hue Jackson was snagged up quickly on Wednesday by the Cleveland Browns before he had time to visit other teams.
The Titans are expected to interview interim head coach, Mike Mularkey today, and many think he is the front-runner for the job which was confirmed by a league source.
Jason Wolf at the Tennessean reported in an article today, that according to a source with knowledge of the general managers interviews said none of the GM candidates would want to retain Mularkey as the teams permanent head coach.
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I personally think that a young head coach who does not have a head-coaching gig on his resume is a bad decision for this team, considering the upper-management upheaval they will need to deal with.
I would like see a head coach in Music City who has the experience to deal with the rudderless ship that he will be working for.
I would rather see an old-timer who can fight the on-field battles and get this young team on the right track.
Tom Coughlin or Mike Shanahan would be a perfect fit in Music City, even for only a couple of years to get this thing turned around and headed in a positive direction.
I would prefer Tom Coughlin because he is a tough task-master who would whip these youngsters into shape and has the experience to deal with ownership.
Coughlin has already said he will be looking for another gig, and what could be a better job than changing the losing culture that has set in, in Nashville and mentoring a young quarterback like Marcus Mariota.