If you’re interested in this article, first please read my take on the offensive identities (Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3) of all the teams in 2016. That will explain some of the stats in this article, which I will not explain here. As I did last year, I will write a detailed piece on each team.
Mike Mularkey's first full year as head coach of the Tennessee Titans was reasonably successful. The team won 9 games and missed the playoffs on a tiebreaker. Its young QB Marcus Mariota continued to develop. Things are looking up.
Mularkey started coaching in the NFL in 1994 as a TE coach. His first OC job was with Pittsburgh from 2001-2003. From there he had a two-year HC stint with Buffalo, followed by 2006 as the Dolphins OC for Nick Saban. After Saban's departure, Cam Cameron took over and was his own OC, with Mularkey demoted to TE coach. From 2008-2011 he served as OC in Atlanta before a disastrous 2-14 year as Jags HC. In 2013 he was out of football, the came to Tennessee as TE coach in 2014. In 2015 he was the Titans assistant head coach as well as TE coach before he took over the head job from Ken Whisenhunt in November.
The Titans made major moves to upgrade their WR corps, drafting Corey Davis at #7 overall, plus spending a 3rd round pick on Taywan Taylor. That was before adding Eric Decker in free agency. Those moves should easily offset the departure of Kendall Wright in free agency. At TE, the team added 3rd round pick Jonnu Smith and lost Anthony Fasano. The offensive added some depth in Tim Lelito while losing three players, Chance Warmack, Brian Schwenke, and Byron Bell.
MM = Mike Mularkey's offense
NFL = Average NFL offense
As an OC, Mularkey had a couple of 6-win seasons, but otherwise, particularly in Atlanta from 2008-2011, he mostly coached for winning teams. Until 2016, his record as a head coach was pretty poor, although he was 9-7 his first season in Buffalo – just like his first season in Tennessee (no doubt he hopes not to go 6-10 in his 2...