But on Saturday the improbable happened as the Titans rallied from a 21-3 deficit for a 22-21 victory, and suddenly Mularkey's future looks a lot more secure. Fortunately it was just a sprain and the '14 sixth-round draft pick out of McGill returned to help Kansas City (10-6) capture a second straight division title. The Titans' receivers might not separate well, but Mariota can buy time. Lukewarm ain't cutting it. He has 12 career 300-yard pass games in the playoffs.
Actually, the Titans have been doing that for the past couple seasons under Mularkey. "No, I just assumed the worst", a straightforward Mularkey told reporters. That said, there's been a lot surrounding the Patriots in the last few weeks.
The Tennessee Titans are playing with house money after their epic come from behind win over the Chiefs. He likely wondered at that moment whether this could be his last opportunity to do so as an National Football League head coach.
After a drama-filled week, the quarterback says his focus remains exclusively on football as his team prepares to host the Titans in Saturday's divisional round. "When it has an effect on my family, it has an effect on me".
"Obviously, I've been in a bigger role here", Oladipo said. He woke up vs. the Chiefs and can find cracks in the Patriots' secondary. "We've got to be good in the red zone". We made the playoffs.
Tennessee coach Mike Mularkey says running back DeMarco Murray will not play against the New England Patriots in the AFC divisional round.
The Indiana Pacers are playing harder, moving the ball faster and winning more games than most people anticipated. "It's f--ing ridiculous".
"Derrick ran like a beast", Titans tight end Delanie Walker said. "I'm definitely not going to rule him out". I want them to enjoy this. I knew his philosophy. "Whether you're pressuring or whether you're going coverage, if he knows where you're going, he's probably going to be pretty effective".
"Two years ago Nagy was promoted because we lost Doug Pederson (for Philadelphia Eagles head coaching job) so it's been a really good move for the Chiefs", Duvernay-Tardif said.
With eight new players and three new starters, McMillan knew it would take time for everyone to get on the same page. Since being named head coach full-time Mularkey has led the Titans to a 19-14 record, their first playoff birth in 9 years and their first playoff victory in 14. He will be entering the final year of his contract once Tennessee's season is over.
Tennessee has had little success against New England during the Bill Belichick/Tom Brady era, losing each of its past six games against the Patriots. "He also has a run element to him, and the run game is very extensive".
Either way, it shouldn't be a distraction anymore. The Titans need to choose hot or cold on Mularkey.