After the Tennessee Titans lost to the New England Patriots in the AFC divisional game, former head coach Mike Mularkey was set to negotiate a new contract with the Tennessee Titans on January 15th. The Titans had released a statement the previous week after the win against the Kansas City Chiefs during the Wild Card round that the team was sticking with Mularkey and that he would continue to be the head coach. What happened during the negotiations to extend and renew the contract with Mularkey?
Throughout the past two weeks, there has been a lot of rumblings in the press and on social media about head coach Mike Mularkey’s job security. The Tennessee Titans lost three games in a row. Most of the wins this year have been determined to be “ugly wins” and most of the games have been low scoring or “boring”.
When the press asked Mularkey if he felt that he was close to losing his job if he didn’t make the playoffs, he responded: “I haven’t had support to say I was (secure). I just assumed the worst”. The press conference video of this exchange was heartbreaking, Mularkey was quite emotional when questioned about his job security. Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk has addressed the situation with this statement:
Today’s playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs will be Mike Mularkey’s first playoff game as head coach. This AFC wildcard game will be played at Arrowhead Stadium.
The Chiefs (10-6) have three main weapons in the form of tight end Travis Kelce, running back Kareem Hunt and wide receiver Tyreek Hill. The Chiefs also will have home field advantage and a veteran quarterback in Alex Smith, who will be well rested coming into this game. The Chiefs had rookie quarterback PatrickMahomes II in as their starter last week.
Coach Mularkey had this to say about playing at Arrowhead: “Tough place to play. Good football team. We played them there last year in another close game, so we’re not as familiar playing them this year.”
After another slow start with a score of 9-7 at the end of the first half, the only Titans’ scores coming from three field goals from place kicker Ryan Succop; the Titans finally got the train rollin’ in the third quarter. In that respect, this game was eerily similar to the previous game against the Jacksonville Jaguars with very little action in the beginning and then a whole lot of excitement at the end.
The best Tennessee plays in the beginning ended up being taken away. Wide receiver Eric Decker made a great sideline catch with some “toe drag swag” as Good Morning Football Show would say, keeping his toes in bounds and getting a first down during the first quarter. Decker would later be called for a holding penalty so a touchdown run by quarterback Marcus Mariota was called back.
Cornerback Adoree Jackson had an 80 yard punt return for a touchdown that was overturned due to an illegal block by running back David Fluellen in the second quarter. The call was a bit on the “iffy” side in my opinion. It looked like Seattle Seahawks cornerback Shaquill Griffin actually ran into Fluellen, but I’m not an NFL referee. Sure would have been lovely to have those two touchdowns light a fire for the Titans.
Hooray, the Draft is over!No more mock drafts and speculation.Tennessee Titans’ general manager Jon Robinson got two tons of kudos for his draft wheelin’ and dealin’ for 2016, so there was a lot of anticipation with this season’s draft.Would JR trade down to get more drafts in the first round or would he stay with picks 5 and 18?
Well, turns out the boss man stayed with the designated picks and didn’t do any trading until day 2. Mr. Robinson did help turn this team around from a 3 wins 13 losses 2015 season to a 9 wins -7 losses 2016 season; so Titan Nation should have known that they were in good hands for the draft.
The team’s main needs were wide receiver and cornerback, and the number 1 pick was WR Corey Davis from Western Michigan.I did go to the Titans draft party at Nissan Stadium on Thursday, and the crowd was cheering when Davis’ name was called by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Head Coach Mike Mularkey later said that the main goal was to draft guys that were competitive and put the team first, and for the positions that they needed.The team wasn’t looking for the best player available on the board this year, but for the best player that was needed. Corey Davis will be another target for Marcus Mariota, he’s fast, determined and he has said that Mariota is his favorite quarterback in the league.