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The Tennessee Titans announced Monday the team has parted ways with head coach Mike Mularkey.

The development comes hours after it was reported the two sides were discussing a contract extension.

The Titans stated that they “couldn’t come to an agreement over the future.”

“I want to thank Mike Mularkey for his contributions to our franchise over his tenure with our organization,” owner Amy Adams Strunk said in a team statement.

“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.”

After replacing Ken Whisenhunt halfway through the 2015 season, Mularkey posted a pair of 9-7 seasons, including a playoff run this year that included a come-from-behind victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in the wild-card round. The Titans were eliminated in a blowout 35-14 loss to the New England Patriots on Saturday.

“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,” Adams Strunk said. “(General manager) Jon (Robinson) will begin the search immediately to identify that person.”

The Titans are rumored to be in the running with their division rivals in the Indianapolis Colts for the services of Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. Robinson spent 12 years with the Patriots, beginning as a scout before ascending to the front office.

There are now five coaching vacancies in the NFL. The Titans join the Colts, New York Giants, Detroit Lions, and Arizona Cardinals in the search for a new frontman.

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So far, the playoffs have been Derrick Henry‘s domain.

After sharing the backfield with DeMarco Murray throughout the regular season, Henry had the rushing duties all to himself during the Tennessee Titans‘ opening-round victory over Kansas City. He’ll be the lead back again for Saturday’s divisional round game against the New England Patriots, with Murray ruled out due to injury.

The sophomore flourished in that role against the Chiefs, rushing 23 times for 156 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown.

And a franchise legend believes Henry has even more in him.

“He has the ability to lead the league in rushing. I think he has the ability to be the league MVP,” former Titans/Houston Oilers running back Eddie George told Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.

“The sky is the limit. We’re scratching the surface in what he can do. The more opportunities he gets, the better he gets.”

Henry has said he gets stronger the more carries he receives, but the Titans have largely been cautious about putting too much on his plate. However, he’s been getting all he can handle in recent weeks.

Meanwhile, Murray has two years remaining on his contract, but he can be released after the season without the team incurring any dead money. With that in mind, Henry could be set to take over as the No. 1 runner moving forward.

And that may be all he needs to succeed.

“I have no question that Derrick can be a 1,500-to-1,800-yard type of running back when he gets the opportunities,” George said.

Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota is doing his best to be an ally for his teammates.

Mariota said he supports those of his fellow Titans who have chosen to protest racial inequality and police brutality during the national anthem, since he believes it’s a constructive chance to use their platform.

“It’s an opportunity for them to express their right. When you’re able to bring awareness to some social issues, you give people a voice,” Mariota said Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Cameron Wolfe. “When it comes down to it, we’re at a point in our careers that we have a platform. If we’re able to use that in the right light, I think it can be something that’s very beneficial.”

Mariota suggested it’s important for players to continue bringing attention to social issues, at least until there are signs that things have improved.

“Until there is actual evidence within the communities of some of these changes, it’s still good to be able to create some awareness to it,” Mariota said. “Some of our guys in the locker room have done a great job of finding avenues to give back to our community and give back to people who need that voice. (I’m) very privileged to be a part of this locker room. I think these guys have done a great job of handling everything, and I look forward to seeing some changes in our community.”

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Randy Moss believes he’ll go down as one of the all-time great players in football history, regardless of how long it takes him to obtain a Hall of Fame jacket.

“First ballot or not, I understand what it is, man,” Moss said Thursday, according to Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “It’s a political war, and I was one of those guys who didn’t play (politics), nor do I intend to play into politics. So I know what I stood for. I know what the game is. I gave my all to the game, 14 years through the ups and downs, I still gave my commitment to the National Football League. Like it or not.”

The former wide receiver will be eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame for the first time in 2018. He boasts some of the greatest numbers ever amassed by a wideout, yet the same could be said for Terrell Owens, who was kept out by voters in his first round of eligibility this year.

Moss, like Owens, picked up a reputation early in his career as a poor locker-room presence, and wasn’t always on the greatest of terms with the media. Though, he seemed to turn around his image toward the end of his career.

“All I know is I just played the game to the best of my ability,” Moss said. “I put my mark, I put my stamp, I put my family’s name on football, the National Football League. You can’t get any higher.”

Moss finished his 14-year career ranked second on the NFL’s all-time list in receiving touchdowns and third in receiving yards.

Jerry Rice, Steve Largent, Paul Warfield, and Raymond Berry are the only wide receivers who’ve been elected to the Hall on the first ballot.

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Tennessee Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk revealed Tuesday that one-third of the team is for sale.

Susie Adams Smith is beginning the process of selling her share of the team, and the Titans will not interfere with her decision, Strunk said.

Here is the statement:

Recently Susie (Smith) began the process of selling her portion of KSA Industries, which includes a fractional indirect interest in the Tennessee Titans. We respect her right to make this decision and will cooperate fully with the process, which will not impact team operations in any way.
Regardless of the outcome of this process, I will continue to serve as the controlling owner of the Titans. The remaining two-thirds of the team controlled by myself, Kenneth Adams IV, Barclay Adams and Susan Lewis is not and has never been for sale.
Both personally and as a group, we have invested time, effort, and capital to improve this franchise and we are excited to see the results on and off the field for years to come.

Strunk took over as controlling owner in 2015, also serving as the co-chairman of the team’s board of directors.

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A fireworks mishap during a Fourth of July celebration damaged Nissan Stadium on Tuesday night.

Rather than going off in the air, one of the firework shells landed in the upper deck of the stadium before exploding. Some concrete and some seats were blown out, according to Terry McCormick of Titans Insider.

“It took place toward the end of the show,” said Lansden Hill, owner of Pyro Shows, which was responsible for the fireworks. “The shells are supposed to go off in the air, but this one came back down and didn’t go off until it landed in the upper deck.

“It was just one of those things that will occasionally happen. That’s why the fire code requires that we keep the crowd a certain area away from it. We know out of every 1,000 shells, not all of them are going to work right.”

Monica Fawknotson, the director of Metro Sports Authority, said there were no injuries and upcoming events aren’t expected to be impacted. She confirmed that Pyro Shows is responsible for the cost of the repairs.

The Titans’ first home game of the year is set for Aug. 19, a Week 2 preseason matchup with the Carolina Panthers.

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It’s always been assumed that tension between Vince Young and Jeff Fisher led to their breakup in Tennessee, but now the former third overall pick is sharing his side of the story.

In an extensive interview with Sports Illustrated’s Greg Bishop, Young couldn’t help but take shots at his former head coach.

“I’m going to expose his ass,” Young said of Fisher before going on to accuse Fisher of backstabbing him by airing their private business in the media and at one point ordering a team plane to take off without a tardy Young on board.

Young said he felt as if Fisher abandoned him; Fisher claims the opposite.

Young also took some shots at NFL journeyman quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, a player whose job Young believes he himself deserves to have.

“I hate to name-drop, but Fitzpatrick is still playing!? He leads the league in interceptions, and he’s still f—ing getting paid? I mean, what the f— is going on?”

Fitzpatrick hasn’t led the NFL in interceptions since 2011, but ranked in the top three last season.

Young recently tried to kickstart his football career by signing with the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders, but got injured and was cut before the season began.