Paul Kuharsky of ESPN reports that the Tennessee Titans have hired Atlanta Falcons wide receivers coach Terry Robiskie as their new offensive coordinator. Robiskie rejoins former Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey, who was promoted fully to the Titans head coaching position on Saturday after serving as their interim coach for the final nine games of 2015 following the firing of Ken Whisenhunt. FOX Sports broke news this morning that the Titans were set to interview Robiskie for the vacant position before reports that the hiring was official this afternoon. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, Robiskie is set to bring in his own quarterback coach. It remains to be seen if that is another current or former Falcons assistant.
Robiskie’s departure ends an eight-year tenure in Atlanta as receivers coach where he helped develop Roddy White, Julio Jones and Harry Douglas over the past several seasons. Collectively, White and Jones earned seven Pro Bowl appearances under Robiskie’s guidance, with White shattering the team’s all-time receiving records during that time.
Robiskie and Mularkey worked together for four years while in Atlanta, as well as spending a year together in 2007 in Miami in the same capacities. Robiskie’s last stint as an offensive coordinator came in 2004 with the Cleveland Browns, sandwiched between four years when he was wide receivers coach. That year also marked the last time Robiskie served in the capacity as interim head coach, leading the Browns to a 1-4 record after the dismissal of head coach Butch Davis. That was Robiskie’s second stint as an interim head coach, having served in the same capacity for three games in 2000 after the firing of Norv Turner. Robiskie’s other experience as an offensive coordinator came from 1989 to 1993 with the Los Angeles Raiders. Robiskie played five seasons in the NFL as a running back and fullback with the Raiders and Dolphins from 1977 to 1981.
The Falcons potentially already have an in-house candidate to replace Robiskie with offensive assistant Mike McDaniel. McDaniel worked with current Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan as a wide receivers coach with the Washington Redskins (2013) and Cleveland Browns (2014).