The Houston Texans have been hanging out on the couch with the Indianapolis Colts watching the NFL Playoffs. They have the middle seat open, and now squishing in between are the Tennessee Titans after they lost 35-14 to the New England Patriots.
Everyone in the know said the Titans were going to keep head coach Mike Mularkey around after the Titans came back down 21-3 in the Wild Card Round to beat the Kansas City Chiefs. But it wasn’t enough.
An underperforming offense and a crappy Marcus Mariota season over the course of nineteen weeks outweighed what the Titans did in a single playoff game. The Titans are now reportedly going to ‘part ways’ with Mike Mularkey.
Just say it, dammit.
Mike Mularkey has been fired by the Tennessee Titans.
Official word from Titans: Mike Mularkey is out as HC. pic.twitter.com/YxwZ8hiEww— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 15, 2018
Most Texans fans were hoping Mularkey would stay around to keep the Titans where they are, running an offense that fails to account for the weaknesses of the opponent by ramming their collective head into the wall over and over again. Unfortunately, the prayers of Texans fans weren’t answered. Mularkey is gone. Tennessee will hire a new head coach that gets to take over a team with a promising young quarterback, a monster running back who can’t run in between the tackles, a great offensive line, a fine stable of skill players, and a mediocre defense.
That new head coach may end up being New England Patriots’ offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. It looks like the Colts and Titans will be fighting over his services.
UPDATE: The Titans want to talk to Mike Vrabel about the opening in Nashville.