Mularkey is the first candidate interviewed by Tennessee who has been an NFL head coach. By interviewing Fewell, the Titans satisfied the NFL's "Rooney Rule," which requires team to talk with a minority candidate.
Mularkey went 14-18 with the Buffalo Bills in 2004 and 2005, but he resigned as coach in 2006 because of philosophical differences with the head office. The former NFL tight end, with the Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers, started his coaching career in 1994 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, then moved back to Pittsburgh for eight seasons, the last three as offensive coordinator, where he mentored Kordell Stewart and Tommy Maddox.
The North Carolina native started coaching in college and is familiar with Nashville from his stint at Vanderbilt, where he coached the secondary from 1995 to 1997.
Tom Coughlin hired Fewell in Jacksonville in 1998 as his defensive backs coach, and he stayed in that job through 2002. Fewell coached the St. Louis Rams' secondary in 2003 and 2004 and was with Chicago in 2005, when the Bears had an NFC-best 24 interceptions behind Pro Bowl selections Nathan Vasher and Mike Brown.
Coughlin hired Fewell again in January 2010 as his defensive coordinator in New York.
The Titans started the search by interviewing offensive line coach Mike Munchak, considered the top candidate for the job, and offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger earlier this week.
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