Titans appoint Mularkey as permanent head coach


The Tennessee Titans have announced Mike Mularkey will stay on as permanent coach of the NFL club. 

Mularkey took over in November following the sacking of Ken Whisenhunt, guiding the side to a 2-7 record. 

The 54-year-old was interviewed on Friday, beating off competition from defensive coordinator Ray Horton, Jacksonville Jaguars assistant head coach Doug Marrone and Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin.

"I am honored to be named the head coach of the Titans," Mularkey said in a statement released by the team. "I will give all that I have to make this team successful and our city and fans proud.

"The last two months of the season were extremely valuable in order to understand our personnel and instil some of our values and standard of play, so we won't be starting from scratch. 

"With that as a basis, we will now be installing some new systems and bringing in new coaches and players to build on what we have started. 

"There is plenty of work to be done until we reach our goal, but we will all work tirelessly to get us there."

Mularkey joined the Titans in 2014 as tight ends coach and was elevated to assistant head coach prior to the start of the 2015 season, before taking over as interim head coach from Whisenhunt. 

"The vision Mike presented for our football team during this search as well as the character, integrity, and leadership skills he displayed during the last two months of the season makes him the right coach for the Tennessee Titans," said Titans Controlling Owner and Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors Amy Adams Strunk.  

"Mike is a quality coach and an outstanding person who will help us build this team the right way. He has experience as a head coach and a track record for developing young quarterbacks and dynamic offenses, and he also brings continuity for our franchise quarterback. 

"We understand this may take time as we rebuild the roster and bring in new coaches for Mike's staff, but we believe he has the experience and expertise to build a consistent winner."