Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Falcons could be scrambling for coaches
By Pat Yasinskas
The Atlanta Falcons, already in the market for a quarterbacks coach, could also be looking for an offensive coordinator.
The Tennessee Titans reportedly have been given permission to interview Atlanta offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey for their head-coaching vacancy. Mularkey drew some interest for jobs in Denver and Cleveland in January. But he pulled out of contention for the Denver job by cancelling an interview and saying he wanted to focus on helping the Falcons prepare for the playoffs.
But Mularkey could jump quickly into the lead in Tennessee. The Titans have interviewed two in-house candidates – Mike Munchak and Mike Heimerdinger. Munchak was the offensive line coach on Jeff Fisher’s staff and Heimerdinger was the offensive coordinator, but neither has been an NFL head coach.
Mularkey has that on his resume. He was a head coach in Buffalo and has been a coordinator for several teams. The Falcons already lost quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave, who left to become offensive coordinator in Minnesota.
Musgrave had been viewed as the heir apparent as coordinator if Mularkey had moved on to a head job earlier. But Musgrave left at a time when it looked like there was no chance of Mularkey leaving.
Now, there’s a real chance of Mularkey leaving, and that could hurt the Falcons. Most teams have already filled their staffs, and that could leave the Falcons scrambling for candidates to fill two jobs.