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Titans to keep Mularkey as coach

AP

The Tennessee Titans are keeping Mike Mularkey as their coach.

The man who handled the final nine games after the team fired Ken Whisenhunt this season was chosen Saturday, just hours after the Titans wrapped up their fourth and final interview for the job.

Tennessee interviewed Mularkey; another former Buffalo coach in Doug Marrone; Detroit defensive coordinator Teryl Austin; and finished the process by midday Saturday by talking with the Titans’ defensive coordinator, Ray Horton.

The last NFL team with a head coach position to fill chose not to wait around for more candidates, instead joining the other six teams who all decided to hire offensive coaches for their openings.

Controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk said Mularkey won the job with his vision for the Titans and how he handled the final two months of the season as an interim coach. Mularkey was 2-7 in nine games after Whisenhunt went 3-20 in his tenure before being fired Nov. 3.

“Mike is a quality coach and an outstanding person who will help us build this team the right way,” Strunk said in a statement.

“He has experience as a head coach and a track record for developing young quarterbacks and dynamic offenses, and he also brings continuity for our franchise quarterback. We understand this may take time as we rebuild the roster and bring in new coaches for Mike’s staff, but we believe he has the experience and expertise to build a consistent winner.”