The team has issued a statement regarding the future of the embattled head coach Mike Mularkey.
After weeks of speculation and Mularkey addressing the rumors himself after the Titans thrilling win last night, owner Amy Adams Strunk is backing the coach as the one to take the team into the future. You can find the statements here.
It is well known that Mularkey’s contract is such that he’s headed towards “lame duck” season in 2018 if no extension is agreed to.
Apparently they are taking the perspective of going week to week as they should. The statement gives off a clear “vote of confidence” vibe while supporting Mularkey until it is no longer deemed that he deserves that support. I think that this statement was released after Mularkey essentially called out the front office for hanging out to dry per se. In my opinion, the statement was meant to get out in front of the ongoing rumors fueled by our favorite NFL media personality, Ian Rapaport constantly throwing things out there. It seems there are some internal dissension about the matter of MM’s job status. If they are truly judging things on a weekly basis, then the upcoming divisional round game will be huge either way.
While I do hold a generally negative outlook on Mularkey’s capabilities as a head coach, there are some positives. He has the players focused and playing hard regardless of result. There’s no quit in them. On the negative, he’s very stubborn about catering the offense towards the franchise, Marcus Mariota. It took a glacial 18 weeks to finally get things “going” on offense.
I can see him staying as the Titans head coach if he agrees to address the big elephant in the room called Mariota’s poor development. He has to change out multiple staff members on the offensive side of the ball. There is no way he can justify letting OC Terry Robiskie when Marcus Mariota is making plays despite him. The FO has to see that and must demand that changes be made or give Mularkey his walking papers.
I’ve stated this before about MM and I’ll state it again. He was very instrumental in building the foundation of the current roster after rescuing team morale from some really dark days under previous regimes. He’s a change agent not a program maintainer. What the team needs now is a program maintainer that can build off of Mularkey has done. They need an innovative offensive mind to best utilize Marcus Mariota’s talents as the franchise quarterback. I will not advocate for any candidate until if/when that time comes.
Onward to the divisional round! We have at least one more week of Titans football, so let’s enjoy it folks!
Statement in full:
“Our mantra all season has been to take things week by week and not get ahead of ourselves and it obviously has served us well. I regret that outside rumors gained a life of their own. No one has been a bigger supporter of Mike Mularkey than I have over the last two plus seasons. Mike and Jon have changed the culture of our team and organization and I am so happy we have been able to bring success on the field to our fans - winning 19 games over the last two seasons, including our first playoff win in 14 years. Just to eliminate any distractions moving forward, Mike Mularkey is our head coach and will be our head coach moving forward. We still have work to be done, including this week, but I am looking forward to the journey.”