Jan 13, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Mularkey reacts during the second quarter against the New England Patriots in the AFC Divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium.  Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Well, so much for that. Mike Mularkey is no longer the head coach of the Tennessee Titans. This is probably a good move for the franchise, but it comes as a bit of a surprise. In recent weeks, team owner Amy Adams Strunk had been adamant that Mularkey’s future was with the Titans.

But now, that no longer appears to be the case. This news comes just hours after reports broke that said the two sides were discussing a contract extension. Instead, the Titans are moving on. And Strunk had this to say.

“I want to thank Mike Mularkey for his contributions to our franchise over his tenure with our organization. He took over our team during a low moment and together with (general manager) Jon (Robinson) built a solid foundation for our franchise.”

Mularkey’s tenure in Tennessee wasn’t a disaster, of course. Far from it, in fact. But results-wise, it leaves plenty to be desired. The Titans were pegged as a dark horse ahead of the NFL season. And although they did reach the postseason—hell, they even beat the Kansas City Chiefs—there’s plenty of room for improvement, and most importantly—especially as it pertains to quarterback Marcus Mariota—development. Mularkey isn’t the man to guide them forward.

But with an ample supply of available coaches at present, the Titans should be okay. However, like many other teams before them, they need to get this right, because assuming the Texans stay healthy next season, Tennessee's playoff hopes will already take a hit.

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QUIZ: Name every head coach in the history of the Tennessee Titans

Dating back to their 1960 founding as the Houston Oilers, the Tennessee Titans have had 18 coaches in NFL franchise history (with one repeat). These coaches include two Hall of Fame players and one Hall of Fame coaches, but none of them have lead the team to a Super Bowl championship and their last playoff win was in 2003. How many of the leaders of the Titans can you name?

Clue: Years Active

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1960–1961
Lou Rymkus
1961
Wally Lemm
1962–1963
Pop Ivy
1964
Sammy Baugh
1965
Hugh Taylor
1966–1970
Wally Lemm
1971
Ed Hughes
1972–1973
Bill Peterson
1973–1974
Sid Gillman
1975–1980
Bum Phillips
1981–1983
Ed Biles
1983
Chuck Studley
1984–1985
Hugh Campbell
1985–1989
Jerry Glanville
1990–1994
Jack Pardee
1994–2010
Jeff Fisher
2011–2013
Mike Munchak
2014–2015
Ken Whisenhunt
2015–
Mike Mularkey
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