Miami granted permission to interview Mularkey

110801 Flowery Branch - Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey signals to the offense while players run through the first padded practice at training camp in Flowery Branch on Monday, August 1, 2011.     Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

110801 Flowery Branch - Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey signals to the offense while players run through the first padded practice at training camp in Flowery Branch on Monday, August 1, 2011. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

NEW YORK — The Falcons granted the Miami Dolphins permission to interview offensive coordiantor Mike Mularkey on Saturday.

Here’s the story on the Falcons and how they are bracing for changes in the front office and the coaching staff.

Mularkey was Miami’s offensive coordinator in 2006 and the tight ends coach in 2007.

He spoke earlier in the week about getting ready for the playoff game against the New York Gaints at 1 p.m. Sunday and his job prospects.

Mularkey basically promised that he’d be dialed in to call the offensive game against the New York Giants.

“There’s just so much 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 really know 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.”

Falcons owner Arthur Blank, in an exclusive interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, stated that losing some talent is a good thing.

“That’s one of the prices for success, particularly when you have it over time,” Blank said. “When you look at the performance of the team over the last four years, albeit in the regular season only, for the last four years we’ve won every two out of three games that we’ve played, and I think there is only one team in the NFC that has won as many games as we have.

“We’re fifth in the NFL for total wins during that period of time. You are going to attract a lot of attention.”

Since 2008, the Falcons are 43-21 (.672). Only New England (48-16, .750), New Orleans (45-19, .703), Pittsburgh (45-19, .703) and Baltimore (44-20, .688) have won more games over that time span.

Under Mularkey, the Falcons offense has finished in the top 10 in scoring in each of the past two seasons.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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22 comments Add your comment

Caleb

January 7th, 2012
2:07 pm

I hope he stays but best of luck if he goes…just not when playing the Falcons.

Jack

January 7th, 2012
2:15 pm

People pretend that he doesn’t see Matt Ryan in practice every day. That he knows his strengths AND his weaknesses.

He’s the scape goat that we don’t throw it down field. Like he’s naturally conservative.

Give me a break. He makes the game plan based on what we can do. Period.

Do these same excuse makers think he’d draw up the same short passes if Matt Staffords arm was throwing it? Not hating on Matt Ryan, just getting Malarkeys back.

Gary

January 7th, 2012
3:01 pm

I agree Jack

1game@atime

January 7th, 2012
3:19 pm

Go Malarkey, don’t let the door hit you where the dog shouda bit you! Bye. Don’t go away, mad-just go away.

1game@atime

January 7th, 2012
3:20 pm

I’m sure comments like mine will come flooding in, if the Birds don’t pull this one out.

M

January 7th, 2012
3:21 pm

WHO CARES????? FIRE HIM NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

waynester

January 7th, 2012
3:31 pm

I’m convinced that some of ya’ll don’t even read the article before commenting thereon. We are 5th in the LEAGUE under these guys. Only the “elite” (NE,PITT,BAL,NO) have better winning percentages.
at 2:15pm JACK got it…be careful what you wish for. A stable staff is a terrific advantage in the NFL, even if we all get ticked off from time to time with our perceptions of what’s being called and why….

Royalty

January 7th, 2012
3:37 pm

Send him packing ASAP. His inability to adapt has cost us big. If he had learned to use Norwood in our plyoff game against Cardinals we would have had a much better chance. He still refuses to use our other talented running backs more. We have terrible screen plays, is it so hard for him to replicate what the Saints do to us twice a year? Good Bye!

Falcons_in_the_playoff

January 7th, 2012
4:11 pm

It’s not about deep ball. It’s about adjustment and using the talents in the right manner. Harry Douglas, Snelling or Quizz… You got so many skill players and still can’t get build a plan to get them open.

How other top teams WR’s are wide open all the time? We don’t throw the ball in the middle of the field.. I know I know he’s trying a lot lately…

Again, I’m not saying that he’s a bad coach but he needs to change little bit because we don’t have the Steelers or Ravens D.

Big Dude

January 7th, 2012
4:13 pm

I’d rather be 1st. than 5th. Being 2nd. is still not a winner. Only first. If he could’ve used the talent we have more efficently, we wouldn’t be making these kinds of commnent.

Sterling

January 7th, 2012
4:20 pm

YESSSSSSSSSSSS get him out of here. Lets get somebody in here who can play every single 1 of our weapons 2 there strengths

Chucktown38

January 7th, 2012
7:06 pm

By by Mike M. Hire Blick

Noneya

January 7th, 2012
8:13 pm

Someone, anyone, hire this guy.

Days In The Lives Of Falcons Fans

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QKLJ4wY_yQ

Dirty Bird Nation

January 7th, 2012
8:48 pm

Get this GUY(MM) outta here PRONTO! He is garbage as an OC and remeber his head coaching stink with Buffalo. MM PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEeeeee hire BVG if you get a HC job!!!!!!

Scott6840

January 8th, 2012
9:46 am

When my wife can come up with the next play eight out of ten times you know the opposing coaches can do at least as well. I’m thinking it is time for a change.

royalty

January 8th, 2012
2:28 pm

Our only points first half of playoff come from the defense and there are actually people on here saying they would be sad to see him go. SMH!!! could he leave now before second half please. MORE NO HUDDLE!

Drew

January 8th, 2012
4:09 pm

Pleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleaseplease let some one else hire this pathetic loser. NOW!

jsmuga

January 8th, 2012
4:16 pm

Please go now……………..

Ward

January 8th, 2012
4:33 pm

Not gonna happen. Can you imagine any team worth working for (even the numbskulls running the Dolphins these days) watching today’s game and saying “We need an offense like THAT!”

Frankly, Smith has reached that awkward ceiling where he needs to sacrifice some assistants if he wants to keep his job. Mularkey should go first.

jack

January 8th, 2012
4:54 pm

How many draft picks would we have to give them to take him away from us ???????? Maybe Arthur can throw in some cash too,,,, and cover part of his salary,,,,

Disappointed does not cut it!

January 9th, 2012
11:47 am

Caleb, who are you talking about, you hope stays? Mullarkey? I will personally buy his plabe ticket out of town!

Disappointed does not cut it!

January 9th, 2012
11:51 am

A stable Staff, LMFAO! You are an IDIOT! Mullarky is a horrible OC,Please tell me exactly what it is he has done, or even won in the NFL? I have heard the same thing as the last three years from this regime, disappointed…NO…you need too be PI**ED OFF!