One of the main reasons the Tennessee Titans brass wanted to get Mike Mularkey established as the new head coach was to allow him to get his staff organized and hired. The longer teams wait to get their guy, the more the pool of good assistants starts to dry up.
After the press conference on Monday introducing new general manager Jon Robinson and Mularkey, the new head coach got busy assembling the brain trust that will hopefully help take this team to the next level.
The big question on everyone’s mind was the future status of assistant head coach/defense Dick LeBeau. With LeBeau at the helm of the defense, the Titans D got back to respectability after the initial year of incorporating the 3-4 scheme. There was concern that if Mularkey was not reatained, how would it have affected LeBeaus status with the new staff.
“I talked to some people, but I was never going to go anywhere if I could come back here,’’ LeBeau said on Thursday. “I have respect for Mike. We worked together in Pittsburgh, and he’s an excellent coach. But I also like our players, the way they work, the way they fought through a tough situation last year.
When he was introduced as the Tennessee Titans‘ full-time coach, I asked Mike Mularkey if he believed in Bill Parcells’ bromide that “you are what your record is.”
He said he does not.
“I’m just saying, there’s situations in every place you’ve been that are going to provide you opportunities to win or not win,” Mularkey said. “Not getting into any details at [Buffalo or Jacksonville], but the record is what it is. If you look at it, there’s a lot of games in there in the loss column that we had opportunities to win, and we just didn’t win them. That includes here. We had a couple opportunities here.”
Robiskie has a good reputation as a teacher, and the Titans need better teachers on staff. But it’s been 11 seasons since he was a play-caller.
Honestly, I didn’t think about this story until so many of you asked about it. However, now that I am writing it, there are some definite reason for this rumor to be true. Watch the video here about the Tennessee Titanspotentially being pushed to be sold by the NFL.
Ok, so now that everyone has watched that video, a couple of things stood out.
Be sure to watch the Jay Glazer video!
“We really discussed all kinds of options, including waiting. But I think what prevailed with all that was we wanted our head coach to have an opportunity to start looking for his staff,” Underwood said. “We think picking the staff is the single most important thing that a head coach does. The longer you wait — not that we’re not willing to be patient — the fewer options he has available to fill the staff positions. He can’t do it all himself. He’s got to get people to help him. Those resources dwindle the longer you wait.”
While most early boards such as those of Mel Kiper JR, and Todd McShay have the Tennessee Titans taking Ohio State defensive lineman Joey Bosa with the first pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, Erik Lambert has taken new Titans GM Jon Robinson to heart and is projecting some interesting trades at the top.
The Titans end up with a basket load of picks and DeMarco Murray to move ahead of the Browns so they can get Jared Goff.
Check it out and see what else we get!