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Ken Whisenhunt

Mularkey hopes to seize surprising 3rd chance as NFL coach

The Titans surprised Mike Mularkey by choosing him to replace the friend who brought him to Tennessee. With a third chance to be a head coach in the NFL, Mularkey wants to prove he's the man for the job.

The interim coach's nine-game audition starts Sunday at New Orleans.

"I wasn't sure I'd ever get another one after what happened in Jacksonville, but I'd absolutely like to have that opportunity," Mularkey said Tuesday.

Mularkey went 2-14 in his lone season in Jacksonville in 2012. He takes over a 1-6 Tennessee squad that has lost six straight, the longest skid in the NFL, and 16 of its last 17 games.

The Titans fired Ken Whisenhunt on Tuesday morning...