Ken Whisenhunt Fired by Titans, Replaced by Mike Mularkey

Ken Whisenhunt was fired on Tuesday by the Tennessee Titans less than two full years into his coaching tenure.

The organization announced its decision Tuesday morning appointing as interim coach Mike Mularkey after the team started its season 1-6.

Amy Adams Strunk the controlling owner of the Titans in a prepared statement said after much consideration that the organization made the decision to relieve Whisenhunt of his duties as head coach.

Steve Underwood the interim CEO and president of the Titans said at a news conference that Strunk had considered this move for a number of weeks.

Unwillingness on Whisenhunt’s part to make some changes to his scheme on offense played a big part in his firing after the team went 3-20 while at the helm of the Titans.

Whisenhunt in a prepared statement said he and his family were grateful for the time he was in Nashville and the opportunity he had to coach the team.

Mularkey, who had interviewed in 2010 with Underwood prior to the Titans promoting Mike Munchak to take the place of the departed Jeff Fisher, was surprised by the decision by the organization. However, he said it was now time to turn the page.

Mularkey while a position coach, a coordinator and a head coach said his philosophy has always remained the same: Have a tough and physical team.

Wesley Woodyard a linebacker for the Titans said that he was shocked when he was told about the firing of Whisenhunt.

He felt that his former coach had a strong relationship with his players and kept all the players working hard trying to turn the season around.

Perrish Cox a cornerback for the Titans tweeted support for Whisenhunt saying he was a good coach.

Tennessee has lost six consecutive games since they opened the season with a win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In all, the Titans are 1-16 in their past 17 games played dating back to last season.

Following its loss of 20-6 last Sunday against the Houston Texans, the Titans fell to 0-12 in their past 12 games against opponents from the AFC.

Last season the Titans finished 2-14 allowing them to draft Marcus Mariota the winner of the Heisman Trophy as the No. 2 pick.

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