The Tennessee Titans interviewed former Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone today, and according to word from St. Thomas Sports Park, he made a good impression.
The question now is whether or not he made enough of an impression for the hiring committee to consider him over another former Bills coach, Mike Mularkey, who is the frontrunner to be named the team’s head coach after a nine-game interim stint to close the 2015 season.
Marrone spent the 2013 and ’14 seasons as head coach of the Bills and compiled a 15-17 record, going 9-7 in his final season before opting out of his contract with the club to field other offers. He failed to land another head coaching job last off-season and became offensive line coach and assistant head coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Prior to becoming the Bills head coach, Marrone was head coach at Syracuse University, where he was 25-25 over four seasons at the helm. He also had various stops in college and the NFL as an assistant coach.
Mularkey will also interview for the job, as will Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin.
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No other interviews have yet been scheduled for the head coaching vacancy, though with the hiring of Tampa Bay Bucs director of player personnel Jon Robinson as the team’s new general manager on Thursday, there has been connect-the-dots speculation that the Titans could interview Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. Prior to joining the Buccaneers in 2014, Robinson spent 12 seasons with the New England Patriots.
The Titans would be unable to interview McDaniels until the Patriots are eliminated in the playoffs or reach the Super Bowl, in which case McDaniels could be spoken to by the Titans during the bye week between the conference championship and Super Bowl 50.
Regarding Robinson as the new GM, one person with ties to Robinson indicated that he would be formally introduced by the Titans on Monday. The questions that remains is whether or not a new head coach will be introduced then as well.