FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey made it clear that his focus is on the team’s playoff march and not on landing a head coaching job when talking with the media on Tuesday.
He was cordial in telling us that he wasn’t aware of an ESPN report about him being a candidate for the Denver Broncos’ top job.
Mularkey said he’d worry about his head coaching aspirations later.
“I don’t know anything about it,” Mularkey said. “I’ve got so many other things to deal with. I literally take it day-by-day. That’s just the way this business is, especially with the travel that we’ve got coming and the games that we have coming. There is no room for it.”
Tuesday is game-planning day and Mularkey took a break to update us on the offense and deal with the head coaching report.
“That hasn’t even crossed my mind,” Mularkey said. “I didn’t hear that report. We still have to win this football game. I’m telling the players to focus on the now, don’t worry about anything else. Don’t worry about what anybody else is doing. There is no control over what anybody else is doing with regards to jobs or any of that.
“All I can do is help these guys win this game. That’s been my approach with them and that’s been my approach.”
Mularkey, 49, was the head coach of the Buffalo Bills in 2004 and 2005. He posted a 14-18 record. He went 9-7 in 2004, Buffalo’s last winning season. He went 5-11 in 2005.
Mularkey, who’s in his third season with the Falcons, and assistant head coach/quarterbacks Bill Musgrave have been credited with the development of third-year quarterback Matt Ryan and with helping head coach Mike Smith guide the Falcons to three straight winning seasons.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter