Three Hot Topics from Mike Mularkey's Press Conference


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Titans coach Mike Mularkey addressed reporters during his regularly scheduled press conference on Monday.

After a 34-6 loss to the Texans, the Titans wrap up the season on Sunday vs the Colts.

Three quick hits from Monday's presser (You'll find separate posts on quarterback and running back from today here at Titans Online):


Coaching future**

Mularkey, who replaced Ken Whisenhunt as interim head coach following the team's November 1 loss to the Texans, was asked about his future with the franchise.

Mularkey has gone 2-6 since taking over for Whisenhunt.

"I'm worried about the Colts right now," Mularkey said. "I know a lot of people think, "What do you do over there for so many hours?' But there's something going on constantly.

"Maybe by Saturday, when (the game plan) is in place you wonder. But we'll know when this is over with next week."

Mularkey did say he'd like more time to implement changes, something that's tough to do in-season, he said. He's hoping to get the job on a permanent basis.

"It was a difficult situation for a lot of people," Mularkey said. "I mean, when it all went down, there just wasn't room for change in a lot of areas, just based on where we were on Tuesday, getting ready to play a game on Sunday.

"So you're not changing personnel, you're not changing scheme. It is what it is. This is the way we have to move forward. And for the most part, I think there's been some progress made."

Mularkey added, "Time would be nice. If you had an opportunity to have a year, an offseason, from start to finish, it certainly helps. I'm not sure that one year is enough."

Injury update

Titans receiver Kendall Wright (knee) and tackle Taylor Lewan (concussion) left Sunday's game and did not return.

Mularkey said the Titans think Wright could return to practice on Wednesday, when Lewan could also return despite being in the concussion protocol.

Wright missed two games with the knee injury, and he tweaked it against the Texans.

"It's nothing significant,'' Mularkey said of Wright, "and hopefully we'll have him back Wednesday for practice, at least limited. And then Taylor Lewan is in the concussion protocol but he is at a point where he could practice (Wednesday) and then get rechecked after practice."

Break in momentum

Rookie Dorial Green-Beckham entered Sunday's game against the Texans on a roll.

He caught six catches for 113 yards against the Patriots on December 20, just two weeks after a 113-yard game against the Jaguars on December 6.

But Green-Beckham didn't have a catch against the Texans. He was targeted just three times.

Why? Mularkey explained.

"Some of it was the coverage," Mularkey said. "They were playing a coverage that you could roll a corner and a safety over the top on him.

"Some of that was Dorial with some of the mistake he made. He had a number of mistakes on splits and depths and things that he's had, again, that a young receiver is going to have, Tre McBride included. But some of that is self-inflicted that we need to get better at."


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