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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Former NFL Network reporter blasts Ian Rapoport over his Mike Mularkey reporting

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Ian Rapoport’s rapid rise at NFL Network is likely the main reason Rand Getlin parted ways with the company last year, and it would appear Getlin does not think very highly of his former coworker.

The Tennessee Titans announced on Monday that they have mutually agreed to part ways with head coach Mike Mularkey. The change of course came as a shock to many, especially since people like Rapoport reported on Sunday that Mularkey had been offered an extension and would remain with the Titans.

Getlin wasn’t about to let that slide. He feels Rapoport has been responsible for a lot of inaccurate reporting and is never held accountable for it, and he went off about it in a Twitter rant.

Rapoport has had some misses in the past, but that comes with the territory. He tends to overstate some injuries, with one notable example coming when Drew Brees hurt his shoulder a couple years back. However, as Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk pointed out, Getlin was being a bit hypocritical by ripping Rapoport.

Even if Rapoport has eaten crow in the past, this particular instance wasn’t reckless reporting. While he probably shouldn’t have said so emphatically that Mularkey is “staying,” the Titans confirmed they discussed an extension with Mularkey. Rapoport explained on Monday that Mularkey didn’t want to make changes to the coaching staff that the team asked him to make.

The Titans are eyeing a big-name head coaching candidate anyway, so that’s probably why they were unwilling to bend with their demands for Mularkey.

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