The Tennessee Titans took one of the coaches off the hot seats we predicted earlier in the season, as they fired head coach Ken Whisenhunt on Tuesday. So, what can the Titans and their fans expect from here on in for the remainder of the 2015 season? For starters, their coach for the remainder of 2015 will be Mike Mularkey. Mularkey has three years’ worth of head coaching experience, stemming from two years with the Buffalo Bills from 2004-2006, and a lone season at the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2012. Coupled with this, Mularkey has been coaching in the NFL since 1994, giving him plenty of experience to lean on. Known as ‘Inspector Gadget’ from his time spent as Pittsburgh’s offensive coordinator, Mularkey should provide a lift to rookie Marcus Mariota and the Titans’ offense, which is currently languishing in 31st in total offense. Getting Mariota back will be the next on the agenda for the Titans.
The rookie signal caller has impressed in action, despite only getting one win since his arrival in the NFL. The drop off in play from Mariota to his backup Zach Mettenberger has been startling, justifying the Titans selection of him with the second overall pick. With an offensive minded head coach now in place, it will be exciting to see if Mariota can take his game up a level further, and help kick-start the offense. You also have to remember that this team is only two games out of first place in the AFC South. Yes, they have only one win so far, but you have to be in it to win it, and the Titans are definitely in the mix due to a poor division. If Mularkey can do what Dan Campbell has seemingly done at the Miami Dolphins this year, then the Colts, Texans and Jaguars will be looking over their shoulders with concern.
The Titans are a poor team, but have pieces to work with and improve on. They pulled the trigger not a moment too soon on Whisenhunt, who was 3-20 in two seasons as head coach. They are lucky to be able to call on an experienced play-caller in Mularkey, who should give the offense a spark, which, combined with Mariota being back on the field, could be enough to see them picking up some wins. They could end up making a play for the AFC South crown, and with it, a playoff spot. Nothing is out of the realm of possibility in the 2015 NFL Season, that is for sure.