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Our Long Farley and Loomis Nightmare Is Over

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Nashville has become softer and less exotic:

Mike Mularkey has agreed to part ways with the Tennessee Titans, who announced Monday that the sides “couldn’t come to an agreement over the future.”

Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk acknowledged in a statement that the organization had discussed a potential contract extension with Mularkey, who in 2017 coached Tennessee to its first postseason appearance since 2008.

But the talks revealed that Mularkey and the Titans “saw different paths to achieve greater success,” according to Adams Strunk.

So, apparently, Mularkey wanted to keep being Mularkey, and management wanted him to coach like someone competent. Seems sensible to skip the middleman! This almost has to be excellent news for Mariota.

And it also looks like Titans and/or Mariota fans might have dodged another bullet:

With Josh McDaniels a near lock to take the reins in Indianapolis and Pat Shurmur expected to be hired to coach the Giants, the Titans and Cardinals are left in limbo in their search for a new coach.

Mike Mularkey, who led the Titans to the second round of the playoffs this season, parted ways with the team on Monday despite reports a day earlier that he was expected to be signed to an extension. Tennessee finished 9-7 in both of Mularkey’s full seasons at the helm.

The Titans wanted McDaniels but ‎aren’t going to get a shot at him with how the timing went down. They want an offensive coach if possible; Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo and offensive coordinator Frank Reich could be candidates as they look for someone to take Marcus Mariota to the next level.

Too bad — think of what could have been in Tennessee!

GM: Mike Lombardi

QB1: Brian Hoyer
QB2: Tim Tebow
QB3: Marcus Mariota

OC: Bill Belichick, Jr.
DC: Dick LeBeau, absolutely still in top form, plus he can give QB2 more confidence at scrimmages.
Special Teams: Eric Trump

Alas, we’ll never get the chance. As for McDaniels in Indianapolis — well, he can’t be much worse.

In other NFL coaching news, I’d say this case for firing Hue Jackson is dispositive. Leaving aside the fact that he’s failed for two years in a row — not only to win but to have development successes — having a coach and management on substantially different time horizons for a team in this context is a recipe for disaster. And the fact that he’s refusing to hire any assistants who might remotely threaten him — remember, this is a team that has to be hyper-focused on developing young talent! — just makes it worse.

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