Titans fire Whisenhunt

Whisenhunt signed a five-year contract with Tennessee prior to the 2014 season. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Ken Whisenhunt was fired by the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday and replaced by interim coach Mike Mularkey.

Whisenhunt was 3-20 as head coach in Tennessee, including 1-6 this season.

The Titans lost their sixth consecutive game Sunday at Houston. It’s the third straight season Whisenhunt lost at least six in a row as a head coach.

“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 was hired by Whisenhunt as tight ends coach in 2014 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 had eight seasons as offensive coordinator in the NFL prior to that with the Steelers, Falcons and Dolphins.

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.

Mularkey played tight end in the NFL and totaled 114 games played during his nine-year career with the Minnesota Vikings and Steelers.


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