Sizing up the Titans head coaching search thus far

The Tennessee Titans coaching situation appears to be on hold for a day or two until the NFL owners meetings conclude on Wednesday.

Currently, there are three coaches with scheduled interviews for the club, including interim coach Mike Mularkey, who according to what multiple sources tell TitanInsider.com, is still the leading candidate to secure the position. Mularkey spent nine games as the Titans interim coach in 2015 after the club washed its hands of Ken Whisenhunt after a 1-6 start. Mularkey only went 2-7 stepping into the head coaching role, but ownership apparently likes some of the approach he took in taking over a tough situation.

Namely, they liked the way he better protected rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota and even erred on the side of caution late in the season, holding Mariota out of the final two games due to a mild knee sprain. Also, the Titans were able to cut down on the number of penalties they committed under Whisenhunt and found ways to get Dorial Green-Beckham involved in the offense.

There were still plenty of issues, to be sure, as the defense crumbled after injuries to Derrick Morgan and Jason McCourty and the offensive line never fully stabilized despite a reduction in the number of sacks given up.


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At least two other candidates will interview for the vacancy. TitanInsider has confirmed that Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin will interview for the job. On Monday, TitanInsider reported that former Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone will interview at the end of this week, likely on Friday.

The Titans had also been mentioned in earlier reports of being connected with New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, but no interview can take place yet with the Patriots now in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs. If New England advances to the Super Bowl, McDaniels would be permitted to interview with teams during the bye week before the Super Bowl on Feb. 7.

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