Just when you thought the Tennessee Titans ownership might be celebrating the conclusion of the hiring of both an new general manager and head coach, a report has surfaced that sheds a negative light on the process Titans ownership employed to select their new head coach, or does it?
According to a Sunday after noon report from Jason Wolf of the Tennessean, Ray Horton, the Titans defensive coordinator has asked to be released from his contract with the team after "feeling insulted" by the way he was treated when he interviewed for the teams then vacant head coaching position.
“They insulted him,” said John Wooten, chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which promotes NFL minority hiring.
“The Browns had put in a request to interview him, and then Tennessee interviewed him (for the head coaching job Saturday),” Wooten said. “And they said that they didn’t know that he had any interest in being a head coach. Well, that’s an insult to the man. That is just an insult.
“And then when he got in the interview, they seemed shocked that he was as prepared and knowledgeable and everything else at that point,” Wooten said. “And they of course already interviewed Mularkey on Friday, and they gave the job to Mularkey.”
According to a second report from ProFootballTalk, Horton reportedly denied the Tennessean report.
“I was very happy that the Strunk family gave me the interview,” Horton said by phone. “It was a great interview. They have told me that they are going to implement some of my ideas. I’m not insulted. I’m not mad. I’m very happy they gave me opportunity to interview. Not insulted. I would love to be a head coach in this league and will keep working very hard to be a head coach.”
Horton joined the Titans as their defensive coordinator on January 18, 2014 as part of former head coach Ken Whisenhunt's staff. Horton received somewhat of a demotion in 2015 as legendary defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau was brought onto the Titans staff, though Horton retained the title as the team's defensive coordinator.
This one could be interesting starting Monday when the Titans will hold a press conference to introduce their new general manager and head coach.