UPDATE: Mularkey mum on Jacksonville talk

UPDATE: Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey would not comment about his pending interview with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Tuesday.

“I’m totally working on the Giants,” said Mularkey during his weekly meeting with the media.  “That’s strictly all business with that and trying to get ready for that.”

Per league rule, Mularkey can’t interview with Jacksonville this week. He must be made available next week if the Falcons advance in the playoffs.

Mularkey could also become a candidate in Tampa Bay, but reiterated that he’s focused on the team’s playoff game.

“There’s just so much going on different going on during the season, during the week,” Mularkey said. ”I can’t tell you how from the minute we get here to the minute we get home, it’s just so structured that there’s not enough time to really focus on anything else. And I’m serious about that.

“Every minute has something going on in it and what’s interesting is that at the end of the week when it’s over, Friday comes around and everything is installed and put in, all the sudden it hits you on Friday, especially late in the season, you don’t realize how tired you are because you don’t have time to think about it ’til when it’s all put in. There’s too much going on, especially this time for any of us to be worried about anything, but this game.”

FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons have granted offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey permission to

Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey.

Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey.

 interview for the vacant Jacksonville job.

“They have requested an opportunity to talk to Mike Mularkey and really the league has a policy in place for wildcard teams,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “There is a certain time period that they can interview. We have of course signed off and granted that opportunity.”

Mularkey was a candidate last season for head coaching jobs in Cleveland and Denver. He interviewed with Cleveland, but withdrew from the Denver search. Cleveland hired Pat Shurmur and Denver hired John Fox.

Jacksonville dismissed Jack Del Rio this season. He was replaced on an interim basis by Mel Tucker.

Mularkey wants to be a head coach again. He was the Buffalo coach in 2004-05 and posted a 14-18 record.

Mularkey and Bill Musgrave, who left last season to become Minnesota’s offensive coordinator, 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.

Mularkey is attractive because of his background in coaching power football. Jacksonville also needs someone to develop quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who struggled in his first year in the league.

“When you have success there are going to be opportunities for guys on your staff to get head coaching jobs,” Smith said. “I don’t have any doubt in my mind that Mike’s sole focus for this week is on the New York Giants.”

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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130 comments Add your comment

DJ Sniper

January 2nd, 2012
3:22 pm

I will gladly contribute in whatever way possible to make this happen!!!!!!!

OC

January 2nd, 2012
3:23 pm

Any thoughts of taking JVG with him ? Candidates to replace both ?

AJC is blind

January 2nd, 2012
3:29 pm

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, take the job. I agree 100% with DJ Sniper. I, myself will also contribute in whatever way possible to make this happen!!!!!! PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, “Leave,” “I mean take the job.”

Jeff

January 2nd, 2012
3:31 pm

Thank Goodness…..

hiramsaint

January 2nd, 2012
3:39 pm

maybe if he concentrates on the jags job , he won’t f up your o this week and you might just win a playoff game……naw

will

January 2nd, 2012
3:43 pm

the grass is ALWAYS greener.

Rip

January 2nd, 2012
3:43 pm

HOW MUCH IS THE PLANE TICKET

GT Grad

January 2nd, 2012
3:48 pm

Take BVG with you!!!!

Jeff

January 2nd, 2012
3:52 pm

aints are going to lose against the lions……

SeenThis B4

January 2nd, 2012
4:05 pm

The Saints won’t even lose the coin flip against the lions. Saints will win, large.

Giants will decapitate the falca n’ts though.

Dirty Bird Nation

January 2nd, 2012
4:05 pm

MM will not be hired as a HC again in the NFL after his experience coaching Buffalo but my fingers, toes, rubbing rabbit’s foot, 4-leaf clover, horse shoe and lucky medallion wishing that he gets any of the NFL’s Opening HC job. Keep praying that we get him out of here and take BVG with you!

Jeff

January 2nd, 2012
4:13 pm

Saints won’t will lose the game and Bress in the first quarter after Suh stomps on them.

Jeff

January 2nd, 2012
4:14 pm

(Delete Wont ) (WILL)

Jeff

January 2nd, 2012
4:20 pm

With all the Aint’s fans on the Falcons blog year after year it is becoming pretty apparent that the aints don’t have a blog or if they do participation must be pretty low since most in LA can’t read or write.

Just Sayin.

Falcons4Eva

January 2nd, 2012
4:22 pm

PLEASE – Please –

Hire this idiot! The sooner, the better. Preferrably before Sunday’s playoff game.

Falcons4Eva

January 2nd, 2012
4:23 pm

CAN’T WAIT.

GO ! ! !

Phalcon Phil

January 2nd, 2012
4:26 pm

Nice, the scapegoat leaves and the real culprit behind our mediocre offense will finally have to answer for his ineptness.

Phalcon Phil

January 2nd, 2012
4:27 pm

Like will said, the grass is always greener on the other side. Cue the “it takes 3 years to learn a new system” excuse for Matty Melt.

cb795

January 2nd, 2012
4:48 pm

If they choose someone else and not Murlakey, this will feel like the losing to the Saints and Packers all over again! Keeping my fingers crossed in south GA.

SirReal

January 2nd, 2012
5:12 pm

All I will say if Mularkey does land the job is that we will then see if it was indeed him or Ryan that was the reason for our offensive woes. With that said, I’d like to see him leave just for that very reason. He might thrive elsewhere. Honestly, J-ville would be a good fit for him. 1) Power running game with focal point MJD 2) The guy is pretty good at developing young QBs….even if they plateau after year three under him usually (i.e. Roethlisberger) 3) Let’s be honest. The Jags will probably not land a “big name” head coach so Mularkey makes a lot of sense to at least get the organization jumpstarted again. All I ask is that he takes BVG along with him if he lands the job. :)

The Boss

January 2nd, 2012
5:13 pm

Foul Phil, “Phalcon Phil”, Negative Phil – the drive thru line is backing up, move it or your fired!

E-boogie

January 2nd, 2012
5:13 pm

Be careful for what you asked for.

IceColdATLien

January 2nd, 2012
5:16 pm

Oh my, how great would it be to get rid of Mularkey the Meek? Then TD would have the ability to go out grab the best OC talent out there!!!

falcon fan since 66

January 2nd, 2012
5:33 pm

OK Guys if you want him to get the job, SHHHHHHHUT UP ALREADY! Stop trashing him and talk him up!! Sheesh!!!

Dwayne

January 2nd, 2012
5:39 pm

Just beat the Giants.

Really?

January 2nd, 2012
5:41 pm

I’d love to have him gone but… realistically, who would be the replacement? There is the devil you know and the devil you don’t know. It would seem hard to believe but it is possible we could do a lot worse. hmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Really.

SeenThisBFalcon

January 2nd, 2012
5:42 pm

GOOD RIDDENS…..TAKE THE DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR TOO…

SeenThisBFalcon

January 2nd, 2012
5:42 pm

VANGORDER NEEDS TO GO 1ST

Great Falconi

January 2nd, 2012
5:46 pm

“There is a certain time period that they can interview. We have of course signed off and granted that opportunity.”

To paraphrase the late, great Leonard Postosties, “Get him out of here, Percy!”

Falcons4Eva

January 2nd, 2012
5:47 pm

Great Falconi

January 2nd, 2012
5:46 pm
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ROFLMAO ! !

Falcons4Eva

January 2nd, 2012
5:48 pm

@ Really?

January 2nd, 2012
5:41 pm
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How ’bout replacing him with Matt Ryan….

Seems that’s the only time this team moves with any consistency any damn way.

John

January 2nd, 2012
5:51 pm

If the Falcons get rid of both the OC and DC who would you think the Falcons would go after to replace them?

Michael M.

January 2nd, 2012
5:55 pm

Hope he don’t read this junk….lmao……he might sabotage out playoff game ha ! ha !

Michael M.

January 2nd, 2012
5:55 pm

On second thought……………get rid of that bum……………..lol ! ! ! !

Falcons4Eva

January 2nd, 2012
5:56 pm

@ falcon fan since 66

January 2nd, 2012
5:33 pm
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Oh I see. A little REVERSE psychology working here. I like the though. Make those in Jacksonville think we REALLY want him in, thereby tricking Jaxx. Sounds good in theory.

But, it they don’t select him, Falcons management might pick up these false readings from us and offer the fool (Marlarkey, Smith and Van Gorder) and extension or something…That too would be a disaster.

Perhaps his those in Falcons organization (provided the media pick up on the fans disgust and dissapointment with Mularkey and Van Gorder specifically) somehow will carryover into conversations on air, (radio, tv, blogs, etc) and that will get us the change we need.

Michael M.

January 2nd, 2012
5:57 pm

lmao veryyyyyyyyyy hard too !!!!!!!

Michael M.

January 2nd, 2012
5:58 pm

Can we toss Van Gordwe in on the deal too…just a little pudding for flavor ……………..haaaaaaaaaa ! !

Loserville USA

January 2nd, 2012
6:02 pm

OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Norv Turner, who will run the ball FIRST!

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Rahim Morris — can you see him with Lofton and ‘Spoon?

That would be a Super Bowl coaching staff.

Gumbo

January 2nd, 2012
6:10 pm

What a Great “Late” Christmas present this would be – maybe we could get somebody in who realizes that this is not the NFL of the 70s, and believes in fitting his scheme to the players, not vice versa……

SeenThisBFalcon

January 2nd, 2012
6:11 pm

theGuyAboveMeIsAnIdiot

January 2nd, 2012
6:13 pm

Honestly, Mularkey would probably make a better head coach than a OC. The offensive game has passed him by. He has failed to adjust to the modern pass heavy NFL and elected to stick with a ball control offense that doesn’t work against teams that can score in less than 3 minutes in today’s NFL. He has no clue what a screen pass is, despite the fact Snelling, Quizz, and Jones are excellent at running screens. If he has a younger OC, I think he will be a good HC.

There are going to be some good OC and DC talent available. I would love to have Jason Garrett as an OC and Steve Spagnuolo as DC. Both guys make much better coordinators than head coaches, but it looks like Jones may keep Garrett. Spags or Morris would both be excellent DCs… miles better than BVG. For OC, I would go the Bengals route and hire an innovative coach that hasn’t been an OC yet.

theGuyAboveMeIsAnIdiot

January 2nd, 2012
6:14 pm

By the way, the comments for this article are the best ever lol

Michael M.

January 2nd, 2012
6:14 pm

I just hope he don’t screw this playoff game up Sunday !

SeenThisBFalcon

January 2nd, 2012
6:14 pm

Norv Turner would be a great fit…

Sid

January 2nd, 2012
6:18 pm

“Mularkey and Bill Musgrave, who left last season to become Minnesota’s offensive coordinator, 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.”
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DLed, c’mpn, Ryan came very NFL ready. I wouldn’t want to take away any well deserved credit but “lauded league-wide” seems a bit of a stretch. I’m all ears (eyes) if you want to expound.

Michael M.

January 2nd, 2012
6:19 pm

Heyyyyyyyyyyy D-Led, maybe they can toss in a couple of bad performers this year on the football team too. Mularky looks like a potato chip truck driver and van gordee looks like a B – movie star !
Can we toss Owens in and Sam Baker to sweeten the Pot ?

Nique

January 2nd, 2012
6:20 pm

D-Led

would the Falcons bring in Spagnuolo as the D-cordinator? The work he did with the G-Men was amazing concerning bringing in pass rushers & that’s really what our D is lacking, if he came in & added that, our D would grow by leeps & bounds! R. Morris is also an interesting name to look into as a D-cordinator, all this points to my belief that BVG’s not getting the job done & well while these names are out there this offseason, we could & should strike while the iron’s hot! D cordinators make a huge difference, just look at Gregg Williams in N.O., as good ass their offense is, they aren’t who they arer without him improving their D!

Bw

January 2nd, 2012
6:23 pm

Time for a change coach. Do whats best for you and your family.

Nique

January 2nd, 2012
6:25 pm

Also offensively, if McDaniel’s gets fired, do his N.E. roots move him this way? The man is NO head coach, but offensively he can draw up plays to put points on the board!!! There’s not denying that & we have as much, if not more talent then he had to work with while with the Patriots! Matt Ryan’s no Tom Brady but he’s definitely better than Matt Cassel!

SirReal

January 2nd, 2012
6:30 pm

I think Spags would be the ideal d coordinator to deal with the likes of Sean Payton and Rob Chudzinski (if he stays). I dont know who Tampa will have. The sad part is that he wont be on the market by the time we’re done for the year. He’s probably Philly bound. Morris would be interesting but I dont see him for a couple reasons. 1) If we actually win Sunday and the d forces turnovers, BVG might actually get a reprieve and we’ll see more of that spectacular zone we’ve grown to love. 2) So not used to this team making a big splash but hopefully Blank knows that its time to pony up to keep pace with the Saints.
On offense, we can forget Norv Turner. Too expensive and probably would wanna go to a bigger market or be the head coach again. Still come opps out there for him. We’ll probably promote the QB coach to OC which Im mixed about…..ALL contingent upon if Mularkey actually moves on.lol