The move comes as a surprise to many. Especially since it comes not long after NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported the sides were working on a contract extension.
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Mularkey helped the Titans make the playoffs this year, but was criticised for the offense and lack of development of Marcus Mariota. Rapoport reports that the Titans made an offer to Mularkey, but wanted a new OC to help develop Mariota. It appears when Mularkey declined to do so, the Titans dumped him.
"I want to thank Mike Mularkey for his contributions to our franchise over his tenure with our organization," Titans owner Amy Adams Strunk said. "He took over our team during a low moment and together with Jon built a solid foundation for our franchise. I appreciated that Mike devoted himself to this team and the community.
"In fact, we did discuss extending his future with our team over the past week, but in those discussions about the direction of the team, it became evident that we saw different paths to achieve greater success.
"It is certainly unfortunate that we couldn’t find enough common ground. I generally believe that continuity is the best path for success, but I also view this as an important moment for our football team as we try to make that next step to sustained success on the field. Jon will begin the search immediately to identify that person."
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