Mike Mularkey Says Having to Listen to Job Security Reports Is 'Ridiculous'

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJanuary 7, 2018

Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Mularkey follows warmups before an NFL wild-card playoff football game against Kansas City Chiefs, in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)
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Following the Tennessee Titans' 22-21 come-from-behind playoff win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday, Titans head coach Mike Mularkey expressed dismay with reports that his job was in jeopardy.

According to ESPN.com's Cameron Wolfe, Mularkey called the presence of the reports "ridiculous" and said he hadn't received a vote of confidence from the Titans organization: "I haven't had any support to say I was. I just assumed the worst."

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported prior to Saturday's game that Mularkey's job wasn't safe, and a loss may have led to his firing.

Mularkey was especially upset with the rumors because of the impact they had on his family: "I don't think it's fair to my family. When it has an effect on my family, it has an effect on me. So it had a big effect on me."

The Titans trailed by 18 points at halftime of Saturday's contest, but they scored 19 unanswered points and shut out the Chiefs in the second half.

Mularkey has spent parts of three seasons as Tennessee's head coach. After going 2-7 on an interim basis in 2015, he has posted consecutive 9-7 campaigns, including the Titans' first playoff appearance since 2008 this season.

In previous head coaching stints, Mularkey lasted just two seasons with the Buffalo Bills and one season with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Saturday marked the first postseason win of Mularkey's career, and his Titans will go on to face either the New England Patriots or Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Divisional Round.

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