Tennessee Titans coach Mike Mularkey looks to be in line for a contract extension, a league source confirmed to TitanInsider.com.
The news, first reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, comes just days after it was reported in back-to-back weeks that Mularkey was coaching for his job if he did not defeat Jacksonville to reach the playoffs and Kansas City in the wild-card round.
After a win in Kansas City, where Mularkey said he had not seen support from the organization, controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk issue a statement giving Mularkey a vote of confidence.
Mularkey, who is entering the last year of his initial contract as the Titans head coach, said Sunday he expects his coaching staff to return intact next season as well. The Titans reached the AFC Divisional Playoffs and were eliminated with a 35-14 loss at New England Saturday night.
When asked about the contract talks, Mularkey shied away from the subject.
“I’ll never talk about my contract or extensions. I never have, I never will,” he said.
He did say he had spoken to Strunk regarding going forward in the off-season.
In two-plus seasons as coach, Mularkey is now 21-22 overall, including the postseason. In the past two seasons since having the interim tag removed, Mularkey is 19-15, including 1-1 in the playoffs.
Mularkey was asked about his coaching staff, which includes 80-year-old Dick LeBeau, who is year to year as defensive coordinator, and Terry Robiskie, who bore the brunt of many regarding the Titans’ inconsistent offense.
“I think Terry did a very good job, very good job. Being a play-caller, that’s not easy. I thought he did a very good job,” Mularkey said of his offensive coordinator.
Quarterback Marcus Mariota regressed in his third season from a statistical standpoint, throwing 15 interceptions to just 13 touchdowns. Some of that was blamed on the quarterback’s injuries, but Robiskie’s play-calling was scrutinized throughout the season.
As for LeBeau, who has 59 years in the NFL as a Hall of Fame player and coach, Mularkey said he has not yet spoken to him about returning next season but said he believes the venerable defensive mind still has the enthusiasm to coach.
“He’s an amazing man,” Mularkey said.