NASHVILLE, TENN. – The Tennessee Titans relieved head coach Ken Whisenhunt of his duties this morning. The team named assistant head coach/tight ends coach Mike Mularkey as interim head coach for the remainder of the season.
"After thoughtful consideration, the decision has been made to relieve Ken Whisenhunt of his head coaching duties," said Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk. "We have expected more progress on the field, and I felt it was time to move in a different direction. I would like to thank Ken for his efforts with our team, as he worked very hard to try to move us forward."
Mularkey joined the Titans last season as the tight ends coach and was promoted to assistant head coach this past offseason. He has three previous years of head coaching experience: two years with the Buffalo Bills (2004-05) and one year with Jacksonville (2012). He also has extensive experience as an offensive coordinator, spending three seasons in that role for the Pittsburgh Steelers (2001-03), one in Miami (2006) and four years as the offensive coordinator for Atlanta (2008-11).
In three of his four seasons running the Falcons offense, the team produced a 3,000-yard passer, 1,000-yard receiver and 1,000-yard rusher in the same season. In 2010, Sporting News named Mularkey "Coordinator of the Year." As a player in the NFL, Mularkey totaled 114 games played during his nine-year career with the Minnesota Vikings and Steelers.