Less than two years into his tenure with the Tennessee Titans, the team has decided to part ways with head coach Ken Whisenhunt. The decision was announced Tuesday morning.
Whisenhunt made it through just 23 games as the coach of the Titans posting a record of 3-20 while getting off to a 1-6 start here in 2015. Prior to the 2014 season, Whisenhunt signed a five-year contract with the team.
Along with the announcement, the Titans promoted Mike Mularkey to be their interim coach.
"After thoughtful consideration, the decision has been made to relieve Ken Whisenhunt of his head coaching duties," Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk said in a statement. "We have expected more progress on the field, and I felt it was time to move in a different direction. I would like to thank Ken for his efforts with our team, as he worked very hard to try to move us forward."
"I'm grateful for the opportunity and appreciate the hard work the staff put in and the support I got from our players and our fans," Whisenhunt said. "I wish the organization much success going forward."
A few players were caught off guard by the news like Wesley Woodyard who told ESPN that he was "very surprised" about the news. Perrish Cox also took to Twitter to saying Whisenhunt was a "good coach" saying he wasn't the problem.
In Whisenhunt's tenure with the team, it hasn't been pretty as they have lost 12 straight games to AFC opponents, have currently lost six straight, and have lost 16 of their last 17 games overall.
It has been a bit of a rebuilding year in Tennessee with rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota coming in after drafting him second overall in the 2015 NFL Draft. They received that pick after a 2-14 year in 2014.
Along with Joe Philbin, Whisenhunt is the second coach to be fired this season in the NFL.