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Postby aliciahuang » Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:53 am

Every decision the Titans have made for three years now has been with quarterback Marcus Mariota’s development at the forefront.

his time spent around Tom Brady as a scout for the Patriots and in drafting Jameis Winston as the Buccaneers’ director of player personnel were factors. And when Mike Mularkey was given the head-coaching job full-time, the beheading the Titans’ quarterbacks were taking early that season pushed the issue. When they hired Jon Robinson as GM in January 2016,When they fired Ken Whisenhunt halfway through 2015, it was largely because he’d fixed the aforementioned protection problem.

two head-coaching spots were, for all intents and purposes, and another one opened up. And one widely-held assumption early in the day was that Josh McDaniels’s availability had pushed the Titans to pull the plug on Mularkey, filled,On Monday, an idea that was punctuated by McDaniels’s offense tearing through an overwhelmed Tennessee team in Foxboro on Saturday night.

and McDaniels—who’s as bright a head-coaching prospect as there is on the market—probably wouldn’t have been the Titans’ lead dog had he still been available (the Colts are expected to hire the Patriots’ offensive coordinator,My belief is that was never the case, according to multiple reports). The reason why is simple: it’s about fit.

as news of Mularkey’s employment status was widely reported and and written about by the media,Over the last two weeks, the trust between Mularkey and Robinson fractured—and that was a piece of why talks on bringing Mularkey back broke down over the last couple of days. It may have been difficult to get Mularkey to take a Band-Aid deal and make staff changes previously. These circumstances made that impossible.

Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel, and the first man they requested to interview, he and Robinson have common background in that each spent many years in New England. Vrabel will have to sell Tennessee on his staffing choices and his vision for developing Mariota,Now the Titans will look to find alignment, is seen as a better match for the team’s brass than McDaniels from a personality standpoint. Also, but word of how well Vrabel interviewed in Detroit and Indianapolis has gotten around. Robinson laid out criteria for the job during his press conference on Monday, and the first thing he said he was looking for was a “leader of men.”

whose strengths are in his presence and ability to reach people. It doesn’t mean he has job,That’s Vrabel, but there’s little question that he’s well-positioned for it.

" owner Amy Adams Strunk said in a statement. "He took over our team during a low moment and together with Jon built a solid foundation for our franchise. I appreciated that Mike devoted himself to this team and the community. In fact, we did discuss extending his future with our team over the past week, it became evident that we saw different paths to achieve greater success. It is certainly unfortunate that we couldn’t find enough common ground. I generally believe that continuity is the best path for success, but in those discussions about the direction of the team,I want to thank Mike Mularkey for his contributions to our franchise over his tenure with our organization, but I also view this as an important moment for our football team as we try to make that next step to sustained success on the field. Jon will begin the search immediately to identify that person.”

The news comes less than 24 hours after it was reported that the team was negotiating the terms of a contract extension for the head coach. Mularkey held a press conference on Sunday in which he said he did not anticipate any staff changes for next year, which would have been the final season of a three-year deal.

Mularkey is 21–22 in his three seasons as the Titans' head coach. The Titans are coming off back-to-back years in which they finished with a 9–7 regular season record. Tennessee clinched its first playoff berth for the first time in nine years. The Titans' victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Wild Card Game was their first postseason victory in 14 years.

The Titans' season came to an end on Sunday with a 35–15 loss to the New England Patriots in the divisional round.

the Patriots are heavily favored (13.5 points) over the Titans heading into the matchup. With the inconsistent play from the Titans this season,Opening as the biggest favorites among in the Divisional Round, it’s not surprising that the Patriots — who have much more experience in postseason play -- are expected to win by quite a bit.

implying that not all is copacetic among the key members of the franchise, with owner Robert Kraft and quarterback Tom Brady on one side and head coach Bill Belichick on the other. All three are consummate professionals,Authentic Logan Ryan Jersey, though,There was some off-field drama in Foxborough in recent weeks, and won’t likely let what’s happening behind the scenes affect their play come game day.

however,Authentic Sylvester Williams Jersey, hope to capitalize on the waves made. Coming off one of the biggest comebacks in playoff history, Tennessee was able to pull off an incredibly impressive offensive second-half performance during the Wild Card Round against the Chiefs to clinch a 22-21 win in the last moments of the game. Not only was there a touchdown pass by Mariota to Mariota,Authentic Taylor Lewan Jersey,The Titans will, but the QB also had a hell of a block that opened a lane for a 22-yard run by Derrick Henry.

the second-year running back out of Alabama, had his coming-out game against the Chiefs and seems ready to take over as the No. 1 rusher for the Titans,Womens Johnathan Cyprien Jersey, which would mean DeMarco Murray’s time in Tennessee could be coming to an end this offseason. Henry is fresh off of a career-high performance,Henry, claiming 156 yards rushing on 23 carries with one touchdown — in addition to two receptions for 35 yards. It’s clear that Tennessee’s success on offense is directly related to the success of Mariota and Henry.

But this is New England. They always take away what teams do best, and everyone’s wondering—can Henry do it again?

so just making sure I’m doing all of the right things this week. So I’m ready for Saturday,Womens Taylor Lewan Jersey,“Trying to be better every week. We get a chance to play again against a great team in a good environment,” said Henry.

but at some point you’ve got to hit it,“I think he’s learned a lot in that Jacksonville game with the number of carries he had. He saw some of the things that he missed by trying to bounce some things. He’s had a lot of success bouncing some runs,” said head coach Mike Mularkey.

but yes,The Patriots are giving up 4.7 yards a carry, they’ll be keyed in on Henry Saturday night.

The Titans surprisingly parted ways with head coach Mike Mularkey on Monday morning, and a report surfaced moments later that New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels had emerged as the favorite to take the Tennessee opening.

and on Monday afternoon,But McDaniels also has been tied to the Colts’ head coach vacancy, NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero reported there still was “strong mutual interest” between McDaniels and Indianapolis.

as McDaniels now is “expected” to take the Colts’ head coach job when an offer comes,It appears that interest was strong enough to woo the 41-year-old coordinator, Pelissero and NFL Media colleague Ian Rapoport reported Monday afternoon.

There’s been plenty of speculation about McDaniels’ intentions over the last few days, with his two favorites narrowed down to the Colts and Titans after news that Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur reportedly is set to land the New York Giants’ head coach job.

Schwartz has the Eagles as a top-five defense despite key injuries throughout the season, especially a season-ending injury to Jordan Hicks in Week 7. The Eagles finished fourth in points allowed per game (18.4) and fourth in yards allowed per game (306.5). The Eagles are third in opponents third-down conversion percentage (32.2%) and first in opponents fourth down conversion percentage (22.22%). Philadelphia is also first in the NFL in rush defense (79.2 yards per game).

the Eagles defense allowed just 10 points and 281 yards,In the Eagles playoff victory over the Atlanta Falcons, holding the Falcons to 4-of-13 (30.7%) on third down.

Schwartz has transformed the NFL's 30th-ranked defense in 2015 to the fourth-ranked defense in just two seasons.

with the New York Giants wishing to interview him,The Arizona Cardinals were the only team to interview Schwartz for a head coaching position, but couldn't get the meeting scheduled in time by the deadline.

they can not meet with him until the week between the NFC Championship Game and the Super Bowl. If the Eagles reach the Super Bowl,If the Titans wish to interview Schwartz, no team can hire Schwartz until the season is over.

Schwartz has been down the road as a head coach before, going 29-51 in his five seasons with the Detroit Lions. He finished his tenure with Detroit 16-27 during his final two seasons with no playoff appearances.

a day after their Divisional Round loss to the Patriots,Womens Sylvester Williams Jersey, the team had reportedly offered Mularkey a contract extension. By Monday morning, they had decided to “mutually part ways,It’s been a strange weekend for the Tennessee Titans and head coach Mike Mularkey. On Sunday night,” according to ESPN’s Field Yates.

The Titans’ postseason performance wasn’t the upgrade the team expected coming into the 2017 season after a 9-7 2016, which was a big step from their 3-13 2015 season.

but fell to the Patriots 35-14. The Titans’ front office felt that despite the quick turnaround between his first season and the 3-13 season before, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Mularkey’s Titans pulled that off with a thrilling 22-21 upset win in Arrowhead,Only a win against the Chiefs could have secured Mularkey’s job, Mularkey was no longer a good fit for the team.

confirming that extension talks occurred,Womens Josh Kline Jersey,Owner Amy Adams Strunk released a statement thanking Mularkey, and explaining the reasons behind the decision.

we did discuss extending his future with our team over the past week, but in those discussions about the direction of the team,Womens Logan Ryan Jersey, it became evident that we saw different paths to achieve greater success,Authentic Johnathan Cyprien Jersey,“In fact,” the statement read.

“It is certainly unfortunate that we couldn’t find enough common ground. I generally believe that continuity is the best path for success, but I also view this as an important moment for our football team as we try to make that next step to sustained success on the field. Jon (Robinson) will begin the search immediately to identify that person.”

The quick reversal may have been based on Mularkey’s decision at offensive coordinator. The head coach defended incumbent OC Terry Robiskie,Authentic Quinton Spain Jersey, and said he did not anticipate changes among his coaching staff.

a very good job,” Mularkey said, despite the unit’s inconsistent results. “Being a play-caller,“I think Terry did a very good job,Womens Quinton Spain Jersey, that’s not easy. I thought he did a very good job.”

and Gillislee sat out Week 17,Burkhead missed the final two games of the regular season, in addition to spending most of the second half of the season as a healthy scratch. White also missed the final two games.

Dion Lewis and Brandon Bolden in the backfield. The Titans possess a stout run defense but struggle more than any other team at covering running backs in the passing game. White,The absence of Burkhead and Gillislee leaves the Patriots with just White,Authentic Brian Orakpo Jersey, Lewis and Burkhead all caught 30 or more passes during the regular season.
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