NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Many Titans are getting to know interim coach Mike Mularkey a lot better this week.
Titans receiver Harry Douglas already knows him very well.
In fact, it's one of the main reasons he's in Tennessee himself right now.
"I love so much about him,'' Douglas said of Mularkey. "One of the things I admired so much about him in Atlanta and reuniting back with him here, is his passion for the game and his will to want us to do so good. He's a good coach and a really good man."
Douglas played from 2008-2014 with the Falcons before joining the Titans in the offseason. Mularkey was his offensive coordinator in Atlanta from 2008-2011. In those four seasons, the Falcons went 43-21 and in three of four seasons produced a 1,000-yard rusher, a 1,000-yard receiver and a 3,000-yard passer in the same campaign.
Douglas said he's had several of his teammates come to him this week to find out more about Mularkey, who was assistant head coach/tight ends before being promoted to replace Ken Whisenhunt, who lost his job on Tuesday.
"It is nothing against coach Whisenhunt or anything, but I tell (my teammates), he is a good one,'' Douglas said of Mularkey. "He drafted me to Atlanta and we were top five about every year while he was there. He is one of the main reasons why I decided to come here, because he's here.
"He demands excellence, he demands you to work hard, demands you to run to the ball. He expects you to be tough, and to not beat yourself. And we are going to run the football."