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Titans fire Whisenhunt; name Mularkey interim head coach

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The Tennessee Titians have fired its head coach Ken Whisehunt. This is not surprising as the move was expected to be made in the offseason.

Instead, the team makes it now after he was 3-20 in his year and a half with the team.

“After thoughtful consideration, the decision has been made to relieve Ken Whisenhunt of his head coaching duties,” said Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk. “We have expected more progress on the field, and I felt it was time to move in a different direction. I would like to thank Ken for his efforts with our team, as he worked very hard to try to move us forward.”

The team has just one win this season under him. They were 1-6 and lost 20-6 against the Houston Texans on Sunday.

They haven’t won a game since the season opener, a 42-14 decisive win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They haven’t won a game since.

The team has announced Mike Mularkey as the team’s interim head coach for the remainder of the season. Mularkey was the team’s assistant head coach/tight ends coach.

Mularkey was previously a head coach with the Buffalo Bills (2004-05) and the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2012. He’s gone 16-32 in those stops.

Texans head coach Bill O’Brien is a name to watch for this job this off-season. Another name is Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, who could move on from the team, as well.

O’Brien has been having problems with his general manager Rick Smith. He’s been the Texans head coach since the 2014 after coming to the team from the Penn State Nittany Lions.

Due to the problems with Smith, one could believe that Smith could decide to go in a new direction if the team doesn’t make the playoffs. Right now, the team’s hopes of making the playoffs are not very good.

They are currently 3-5 on the season. They have defeated the Buccaneers, Jaguars and the Titans for the three wins.

In fact, the 20-6 loss to the Texans was Whisenhunt’s final game. The Titans could only muster two Nick Novak field goals.

O’Brien went 9-7 during his first season with the Texans.

Kelly is another name of interest, because of his connection to Marcus Mariota, the team’s 2nd overall draft pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Both were together with the Oregon Ducks when Kelly was the head coach.

He’s been the Eagles head coach since the 2013 season. He came to the Eagles after reportedly facing NCAA violations — something that Pete Carroll did when he left the USC Trojans for the Seattle Seahawks as NCAA violation rumors swirled around him.

He’s been 10-6 each of the Eagles first two seasons. While the team’s been 20-12 during that time — they’ve only made the playoffs in his first season, which then they were eliminated in the first round by the New Orleans Saints at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Eagles are heading into their bye week this week. They are currently 3-4 overall.

They’ve defeated the New York Jets, then had back-to-back wins against the Saints and the New York Giants in October. Yet, while they do have the three wins, he’s been criticized after his two significant additions — Sam Bradford and DeMarco Murray hasn’t panned out.

Bradford looks like he’s scared to be hit after having two torn ACL’s in the past two seasons. It’s mind-boggling what he’s doing with Murray, as the running back has been out-shined by Ryan Mathews thus far.


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