While the Titans continue the search for their next head coach, TitanInsider has learned that whoever lands the job can probably expect about $2.5 million per season for the gig.
While a decent amount, it is far less than Jeff Fisher was scheduled to make $6.5 million for 2011 before he and the Titans decided to part ways. Fisher received a buyout plus about $6 million in deferred money when he departed. Also, owner Bud Adams is on the hook for defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil's 2011 salary, which is believed to be around $1 million.
It also helps to explain why the Titans never bothered to pursue any of the usual suspects like Bill Cowher and Jon Gruden for the position.
Currently, the Titans have offensive line coach Mike Munchak, offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger in the running for the job, as well as Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey and New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell scheduled to interview as well.
Other than Mularkey, who was head coach of the Buffalo Bills for two seasons, all the other candidates would be first-time head coaches in the NFL. Fewell, however, was interim coach for the Bills at the end of the 2009 season.