Stephen F. Holder of the St. Petersburg Times reports that former Buffalo Bills head coach and Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey is considering taking a position with the Atlanta Falcons as offensive coordinator. It was reported earlier by ESPN on Wednesday that Mularkey would likely be a candidate in Atlanta. According to Holder, Mularkey is expected to choose between the Falcons job or taking the quarterback coach position with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Mularkey’s most recent coaching experience came as the Dolphins tight ends coach this past year. In 2006, he served as the team’s offensive coordinator. Prior to that he served two seasons as the Buffalo Bills head coach, compiling a 14-18 record. Before that, he was the offensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers for three seasons. Before being promoted to offensive coordinator in 2001, he spent five years as the Steelers tight ends coach. His first gig in the NFL came in 1994 as an assistant on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers staff before taking over tight ends in 1995. His first coaching job was with Concordia College in 1993.
Mularkey was a 9th round pick out of Florida in 1983, selected by the San Francisco 49ers. He played six seasons with the Minnesota Vikings (1983-88) and three with the Steelers (1989-91). As a tight end, he finished his career with 102 receptions, 1222 yards, and 9 touchdowns.
He is a Florida native, having been born in Fort Lauderdale and playing high school ball in the area. His roots in Florida would likely make the Buccaneers job more attractive, although he’d hold considerably more clout in Atlanta.