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Titans still searching for new general manager and head coach

Mike Mularkey and the Titans know what areas of need they have heading into the offseason. PHOTO BY DONN JONES, COURTESY TENNESSEE TITANS

The search continues.

After the Tennessee Titans announced the firing of general manager Ruston Webster earlier in the week, the team is still looking for its new leaders.

The Titans also chose to open up the search for its new head coach, although interim head coach Mike Mularkey is still considered to be a favorite for the job.

It seems as though the Titans are in no hurry. And they shouldn’t be.

Mike Mularkey still has a chance at earning the permanent head coaching position with the Titans. PHOTO BY DONN JONES, COURTESY TENNESSEE TITANS

Mike Mularkey still has a chance at earning the permanent head coaching position with the Titans. PHOTO BY DONN JONES, COURTESY TENNESSEE TITANS

Once again, this is a franchise-altering hire. If you get it right, then you start to quickly move away from back-to-back seasons of 2-14 and 3-13 and move closer towards competing for an AFC South title.

But if you get it wrong? Then the franchise will have the opportunity to cement itself as the absolute worst in the NFL.

One of those scenarios is better than the other.

The team is going about it the right way. They are trying to get a new GM in place before solidifying things on the coaching front.

The Titans have reportedly interviewed several GM candidates thus far, with former Detroit Lions GM Martin Mayhew, former Denver Broncos GM Ted Sundquist and Jacksonville Jaguars director of player personnel Chris Polian among that group.

On the coaching side, it appears that former Buffalo Bills head coach and current Jaguars assistant Doug Marrone will be the first to receive a proper interview.

Marrone’s career record at an NFL head coach is 15-17. That isn’t promising.

So let’s hope the Titans go a bit further with the head coach search.

But just to repeat: the Titans are doing it the right way. It may be hard for a lot of fans to believe that, but for once, the Titans are indeed doing things as they should.

Franchises find themselves in a mess when the general manager and head coach aren’t on the same page. One doesn’t get along with the other and doesn’t like the choices that are being made, and it leads to total chaos.

This team knows all about total chaos. It can’t happen again.

Thanks to this team’s ineptitude the past several years, the Titans are in an ideal situation. They get to hire both at the same time.

Hiring the GM first is always the best move. And there’s a great chance that’s what will happen here.

Marcus Mariota is without question the biggest draw for a new general manager and head coach. PHOTO BY DONN JONES, COURTESY TENNESSEE TITANS

Marcus Mariota is without question the biggest draw for a new general manager and head coach. PHOTO BY DONN JONES, COURTESY TENNESSEE TITANS

Of course, having to hire a GM and head coach in the same off-season also comes with its setbacks. There are good head coaching candidates on the market like Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase, former Tampa Bay Bucs head coach Lovie Smith and former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly.

However, the Titans will likely miss out on those candidates due to having to hire a GM first.

But it is what it is. Tennessee has locked up the No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft and also has a franchise quarterback in Marcus Mariota.

That package offers a lot of intrigue.

Now it’s up to Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk and team president Steve Underwood to find the right fit.

And while Titan fans are anxious, there’s no rush.

Soon enough, the new leaders of this franchise will be announced. It might not be today, or tomorrow, or next week. But it will happen.

Let’s just hope that this time around, the Titans get it right.

Even if it takes a little longer.