The Tennessee Titans finally pulled the plug on their head coach Ken Whisenhunt today, following a 3-20 start with him at the helm. Mike Mularkey will take over as the interim head coach for the Titans, according to the Associated Press.
The Titans have struggled offensively under Whisenhunt, and the team didn’t want to continue that trend.
“We have expected more progress on the field, and I felt it was time to move in a different direction,” Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk said in a statement. “I would like to thank Ken for his efforts with our team, as he worked very hard to try to move us forward,” via the AP report.
The Titans have been a team that can’t find a way to win even though they opened this season with a 42-14 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and had a brilliant performance from rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota. Mariota has missed some time with an MCL sprain, but has also struggled a bit this season — which is expected for a rookie quarterback.
A big reason why the Titans have made a coaching change is because the Titans have only one win in the last 17 games and have lost 12 straight AFC games, according to the AP.
The AP report also points out something far worse about Whisenhunt and the Titans. “Whisenhunt’s .130 winning percentage also ranks behind only Leeman Bennett with Tampa Bay and Rich Kotite with the New York Jets (4-28, .125) for the worst NFL coaching record since 1970, according to STATS. Whisenhunt tied with Jim Ringo who went 3-20 with Buffalo.”
The Titans hope that Mularkey can turn things around, but it is not yet know if the former Bills and Jaguars head coach will be named the new permanent coach for the Titans. At this point, the only thing that matters is consistency and winning games, as the rest of the details can be worked out down the road.