The Tennessee Titans have been granted permission to interview Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey, according to a league source. The interview has not been set up yet.
Mularkey, who was named the coordinator of the year by The Sporting News, interviewed with the Cleveland Browns this offseason. Denver was also granted permission to interview Mularkey, but he canceled the interview in order to focus on the Falcons’ divisional playoff game.
Mularkey has been a head coach before (Buffalo 2004-05).
Mularkey and assistant head coach/quarterbacks Bill Musgrave have been lauded league-wide for their fast development of quarterback Matt Ryan and for turning the Falcons’ offense into one of the league’s top units. The unit finished fifth in the NFL this season in points scored, at 25.6 per game.
Musgrave left to become the offensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings on Jan. 19.
Mularkey, who was 14-18 with Buffalo, had recently stated that he would be interested in becoming a head coach again.
The Falcons have been able to keep their core coaching staff together over Smith’s first three seasons.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter