List of Tennessee Titans head coaches

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The Titans have played in Nissan Stadium (formerly LP Field) since 1999.
Head coach Mike Vrabel (2018-present) Mike Vrabel 2018.jpg
Head coach Mike Vrabel (2018-present)

The Tennessee Titans, previously known as the Houston Oilers, are a professional American football team based in Nashville, Tennessee. They are a member of the South division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The Tennessee Titans have had 18 head coaches in its franchise history. As the Houston Oilers based in Houston, Texas, the team began playing in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League (AFL). The Oilers won two AFL championships before joining the NFL as part of the AFL-NFL merger. The team relocated to Tennessee in 1997 and played in Memphis for one season before moving to Nashville. For two seasons, the team was known as the Tennessee Oilers before changing its name to the Titans in 1999. [1]

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Head coach Jeff Fisher led the Titans to their only Super Bowl appearance in Super Bowl XXXIV following the 1999 season. He continued his success with playoff appearances in 2000, 2002, and 2003. His coaching career began to decline and, from 2004-2010, his only playoff appearances included 2007 and 2008. In January 2011, it was announced that Fisher and the Titans had mutually parted ways. Fisher's tenure at head coach from 1994-2010 included six playoff appearances, one AFC Championship appearance, and one Super Bowl appearance. Following Fisher, the Titans promoted former player and longtime offensive line coach Mike Munchak to head coach. He missed the playoffs from 2011-2013 before being fired in January 2014. Ken Whisenhunt became head coach shortly after, and tied a franchise worst 2-14 record in 2014. Mike Mularkey, who was originally hired as tight ends coach in 2014 and promoted to assistant head coach in 2015, replaced Whisenhunt on an interim basis after a 1-6 start in 2015. Mularkey was retained as head coach and led the Titans to two 9-7 seasons, including a playoff appearance in 2017. Mularkey and the Titans agreed to part ways in January 2018. Former NFL player and coach, Mike Vrabel, was hired as head coach soon after and has had three straight winning seasons. He led the Titans to an AFC Championship appearance in 2019 and a AFC South division title in 2020.

Key

#Number of coaches [a]
GCGames coached
WWins
LLosses
TTies
Win%Winning percentage
Elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a coach
Elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a player
*Spent entire NFL head coaching career with the Oilers/Titans

Coaches

Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2020 NFL season.

#NameTerm [b] Regular seasonPlayoffsAchievementsReference
GCWLTWin%GCWLWin%
Houston Oilers
1 Lou Rymkus* 19601961*191171.6051101.000 UPI AFL Coach of the Year (1960)
AFL Championship (1960)
[1] [2]
2 Wally Lemm [c] 1961 99001.0001101.000 UPI AFL Coach of the Year (1961)
AFL Championship (1961)
[1] [3]
3 Pop Ivy 19621963 2817110.607101.000 [4]
4 Sammy Baugh 1964 144100.286000 [5]
5 Hugh Taylor* 1965*14491.321000 [6]
Wally Lemm [c] 19661970 7028384.429202.000 [1] [3]
6 Ed Hughes* 1971*14491.321000 [7]
7 Bill Peterson* 19721973*191180.053000 [8]
8 Sid Gillman 19731974 238150.348000 UPI NFL Coach of the Year (1974) [9] [10]
9 Bum Phillips 19751980 9055350.611743.571 [11]
10 Ed Biles* 19811983*318230.258000 [12]
11 Chuck Studley* 1983*10280.200000 [13]
12 Hugh Campbell* 19841985*308220.267000 [14]
13 Jerry Glanville 19851989 6533320.508523.400 [15]
14 Jack Pardee 19901994 7443310.581514.200 [16]
15 Jeff Fisher [d] 19941996 3816220.421000 [17]
Tennessee Oilers
Jeff Fisher [d] 19971998 3216160.500000 [17]
Tennessee Titans
Jeff Fisher [d] 19992010 192110820.5731156.455 [17]
16 Mike Munchak ‡* 20112013*4822260.458000 [18]
17 Ken Whisenhunt 20142015 233200.130000 [19]
18 Mike Mularkey 20152017 4120210.488211.500 [20]
18 Mike Vrabel* 2018–present4829190.604422.500 [21]

Notes

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