Mike Mularkey, Titans welcome quick rematch with Jaguars


NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars will play this Sunday for the second time in three NFL weeks.

Such quick divisional rematches are a buzz kill for fans, I believe. Schedule makers should have to make the two games between division rivals at least six weeks apart. That would increase the chances that the teams encounter each other at different stages of their seasons.

But from the perspective of a coach like Titans interim man Mike Mularkey, facing the same opponent again in short order comes with advantages regarding preparation.

“It is kind of nice that you’re playing that same opponent two weeks later. There is enough familiarity,” Mularkey said. “You don’t have to go back. This is the personnel, this is what they do, these are the fronts, and plus, they’re not real complicated as far as scheme-wise.

“Obviously, they have their blitz packages, but I think it’s good that it’s close for everybody, not just Marcus [Mariota]. It will be good to see how he reacts to playing the same team [twice] in three weeks.”

Jacksonville won the first game on Dec. 6 at EverBank Field, 19-16.