Falcons have in-house candidate for OC

January, 10, 2012
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The Jacksonville Jaguars have a new coach and the Atlanta Falcons are without an offensive coordinator.

Mike Mularkey reportedly has been hired as Jacksonville’s new coach. Mularkey had been the offensive coordinator since Mike Smith’s arrival in Atlanta in 2008.

The Falcons previously lost defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder, who left to take a position at Auburn.

We’ll see what Smith does as far as replacing both coordinators soon. But there’s an obvious candidate for the offensive job already on staff. That’s quarterbacks coach Bob Bratkowski, who was hired just about a year ago.

Bratkowski previously was Cincinnati’s offensive coordinator. Mularkey was up for several jobs as a head coach last year and a Falcons official said Smith hired Bratkowski so he would have a potential replacement for Mularkey already in place.

Mularkey may attempt to take some Atlanta assistants with him to Jacksonville.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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