Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Detroit Lions have been granted permission to interview Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey for their vacant head coaching position. Mularkey is one of several candidates that the Lions are looking to replace Rod Marinelli, who led the Lions to an 0-16 season this year, an NFL first.
Mularkey won’t be available to interview for the position until after the Falcons wildcard game against the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday, January 3.
Mularkey has previous head coaching experience, having spent two years with the Buffalo Bills before re-signing after the 2005 season. The Bills had a 14-18 record during his two-year stint.
Mularkey just completed his first season as the Falcons offensive coordinator, helping to guide rookie passer Matt Ryan to an Offensive Rookie of the Year, and Michael Turner to a second place voting in the Most Value Player honors.