So today’s Titans — Jaguars game just took on a whole new meaning, per Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. According to his report, the Titans are seriously considering moving on from Mularkey. The report states that there has been frustration with the lack of development shown in quarterback Marcus Mariota.
Josh McDaniels — the guy most people wanted during the last Titans’ coaching search -- was mentioned as a potential replacement.
#Titans ownership was in the building all week, and that’s rarely a good sign. Coach Mike Mularkey is in trouble & a loss could seal his fate. #Patriots OC Josh McDaniels will get a hard look pic.twitter.com/zTGhtSifH2— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 31, 2017
So we said all week that 8-8 likely wouldn’t get Mularkey fired. That thought appears to be wrong, as ownership seems to be just as frustrated by the Titans’ sputters down the stretch as we are.
This team is just two years removed from owning the number one overall pick, so progress has clearly been made. However, it doesn’t take a trained eye to see how poorly the Titans have played over the last two months. They’re trying to sneak in to the playoffs against the Jaguars today, but keep this in mind — this division will never be easier than it has been this year. The Texans have been without Deshaun Watson and JJ Watt, while the Colts have been without Andrew Luck.
Tennessee still wasn’t able to win the division with all of that help. The Titans were the darling of the offseason, catching praise from everywhere. This was the year that they were supposed to take a big step forward, but it feels like they have done the opposite.
You can’t ignore the clear regression of Marcus Mariota either. That’s easily been the most frustrating part of all of this.
The Jaguars say that they plan on playing their starters and trying to win this game today. If they do, it might just spell the end of the Mike Mularkey era — making this already critical game just that much more interesting.