Tennessee Titans and Mike Mularkey agree to "part ways"

Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Mularkey looks at the scoreboard during the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--The Tennessee Titans and head coach Mike Mularkey have agreed to "part ways."

The decision comes just days after owner Amy Adams Strunk shot down rumors Mularkey was on the chopping block.

Following the team's win against the Kansas City Chiefs, Strunk issued a statement saying "I regret that outside rumors gained a life of their own. No one has been a bigger supporter of Mike Mularkey than I have over the last two-plus seasons. ... Just to eliminate any distractions moving forward, Mike Mularkey is our head coach and will be our head coach moving forward."

The team's senior writer, Jim Wyatt, reports the decision came after the two parties could not come to an agreement over the future.

In a statement Monday morning, Strunk thanked Mularkey but says the two saw "different paths to achieve greater success."

“I want to thank Mike Mularkey for his contributions to our franchise over his tenure with our organization. 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.”

A 1 p.m. press conference with General Manager Jon Robinson will be held at team facilities Monday.

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