Tennessee Titans announce they have hired Mike Mularkey as head coach

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WHNT) - The Tennessee Titans have announced that they have officially hired Mike Mularkey as their head coach.

Mularkey stepped in as interim head coach for the Titans back in November, replacing Ken Whisenhunt seven games into the last season.

Whisenhunt went 1-6 on the year. Mularkey went 2-7 as head coach.

Mularkey served two seasons as head coach of the Bills (2004-05). He had another season as head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2012.

He has eight years of offensive coordinating under his belt as well, including stints at  Atlanta, Miami, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay. His team went to the playoffs in five of those eight seasons.

A statement on the Titans website reads in part:

“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.”

After their abysmal season, the Tennessee Titans have earned themselves the top pick in the draft to help Mularkey change the team's direction.