Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Falcons could have more change
By Pat Yasinskas
The Atlanta Falcons could have another change at one of their coordinator positions.
Offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey is interviewing for the job as head coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Tuesday. Defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder already has left the team to join Auburn’s staff.
D. Orlando Ledbetter makes an interesting point when he writes Mularkey could take several members of the Atlanta coaching staff with him if he gets the Jacksonville job. Mularkey’s also a candidate for the Miami job.
Atlanta’s staff had remained largely intact through coach Mike Smith’s first four seasons. But, as I wrote earlier, sometimes change is good. Having two new coordinators and other new assistants might freshen up the staff. Since the Falcons haven’t been able to win a playoff game in Smith’s tenure, some additions to the coaching staff could come with ideas that may help the Falcons get over the hump.
By the way, Smith, general manager Thomas Dimitroff and owner Arthur Blank will hold a news conference Wednesday. I’m not sure there will be any major news. The Falcons are billing it as a “season in review session." After Sunday’s playoff loss to the Giants, Smith and Dimitroff said they’ll be evaluating every facet of the organization, like they do every year. I doubt that process is complete, but we could get some clues about how the Falcons plan to go forward next season.