The Tennessee Titans have hired Mike Mularkey as their head coach, choosing to keep the man who handled the final nine regular-season games after they fired Ken Whisenhunt.

The Titans announced Saturday they decided to remove the interim tag, just hours after wrapping up their fourth and final interview for the job.

Mularkey becomes the 18th coach for this franchise overall, and Tennessee's third since Jeff Fisher left in January 2011. Mularkey also was head coach for two seasons with Buffalo and one in Jacksonville. He is 18-39, including a 2-7 record after replacing the fired Ken Whisenhunt on Nov. 3.

The Titans have scheduled a news conference Monday to introduce Mularkey and new general manager Jon Robinson, who was hired Thursday.