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Reports: Titans won't let Bucs talk to Mike Mularkey

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Buccaneers have been denied permission to talk to Tennessee Titans tight ends coach Mike Mularkey about their offensive coordinator position, according to several media reports.

Mularkey would have been a logical fit in a lot of ways. He has plenty of experience as an offensive coordinator and worked as the head coach of the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars. But Mularkey’s biggest success came as offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons.

In that role, he took rookie quarterback Matt Ryan and turned him into an instant success. The fact the Bucs wanted to interview Mularkey tells us some things about what they might be looking for in an offensive coordinator.

Mularkey runs a pro-style offense that depends heavily on the running game. But, with Ryan, he frequently mixed in an up-tempo, no-huddle style. That sounds a lot like what the Bucs were aiming for last year with coordinator Jeff Tedford. But Tedford had a heart operation just before the season and never returned to the Bucs. With quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo calling the plays, the up-tempo offense largely was scrapped.