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Titans fire Mike Mularkey after divisional round loss

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This could shake up the coaching search around the NFL, particularly Indianapolis.

The Tennessee Titans have made a surprising decision two days after their divisional round loss to the New England Patriots. The team has fired (“mutually parted ways”) with head coach Mike Mularkey, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.

Mularkey was on the hot seat as the team stumbled down the stretch with three straight losses that almost cost them a playoff spot. There was thought he might get fired before their wild card matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs, but the upset seemed to silence that. In fact, Ian Rapoport reported Sunday afternoon that the Titans had offered Mularkey an extension. So much for that, I guess?

This has no bearing on the San Francisco 49ers, but it could shake up the coaching search for the Indianapolis Colts. Reports have them likely to land Josh McDaniels, but the Titans job could be appealing as well. Titans general manager Jon Robinson worked for the Patriots from 2002 to 2013. He went to Tampa Bay for four seasons before joining the Titans in 2016. Could McDaniels have a choice of two talented quarterbacks, whether it be Andrew Luck in Indianapolis or Marcus Mariota in Tennessee?