Bob Bratkowski Will Replace Bill Musgrave As Falcons QB Coach

The Falcons are bringing on former Bengals offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski, likely completing their coaching staff adjustments for the offseason.

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Bob Bratkowski To Become Atlanta Falcons QB Coach, Replacing Bill Musgrave

Bob Bratkowski, son of Georgia Bulldogs All-American QB Zeke Bratkowski, has agreed to join the Atlanta Falcons coaching staff as the new quarterbacks coach, the team announced via Twitter. Bratkowski was previously the Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator from 2001 to 2010 until being fired two weeks ago.

He guided Cincy to several of its best offensive seasons ever, though his past three years with the Bengals were less than impressive. Injuries could be blamed for some of that decline, as could the fact that we’re talking about the Cincinnati Bengals. Still, remember when Carson Palmer was awesome?

Bratkowski has also worked on the staffs of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks, including a four-year stint as Seattle’s offensive coordinator under Dennis Erickson in the ‘90s. In Seattle, his offenses ranked in the league’s top 10 twice. He was also Erickson’s Miami Hurricanes OC from 1989 to 1991, reaching the top 16 in the nation all three years.

He’s never held a quarterbacks coach position before.


Mike Mularkey To Interview With Tennessee Titans For Head Coaching Job, According To Report

Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey is the subject of an interview request by the Tennessee Titans, according to Chris Mortensen. The Falcons approved Tennessee’s request, though no word on when or if Mularkey will interview.

The Titans recently fired longtime coach Jeff Fisher after 17 seasons. A handful of names have been mentioned, including Mike Munchak, Mike Heimerdinger, and Ray Sherman.

Mularkey has been a hot coaching prospect since the regular season ended, turning down an interview with the Broncos before interviewing with the Browns, both during the playoffs. Anyone looking for a head coach over the weekend surely caught Mularkey’s players dominating the Pro Bowl, as Matt Ryan, Tony Gonzalez, and Ovie Mughelli all scored touchdowns.

Mularkey to Tennessee would mean the Falcons would need to rebuild half their coaching staff minus the one coach who weathered the previous overhaul, Bill Musgrave. The former Falcons assistant accepted a job as Minnesota’s offensive coordinator a couple weeks ago.


Mike Mularkey Cancels Denver Broncos Coaching Interview, According To John Elway

Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey will not interview with the Denver Broncos regarding their vacant head coaching position, the Associated Press reports. New executive vice president of football operations John Elway, via Twitter:

I respect the decision that Mike Mularkey has made to not interview with the Broncos at this time. I wish Coach Mularkey and the Atlanta Falcons the best of luck in the playoffs.

Super excited to have postseason well wishes from the guy who beat the Falcons in the team’s only Super Bowl appearance. He’s apparently not going to cancel his scheduled meeting with the Cleveland Browns.

According to the AP report, Mularkey will be willing to interview with the Broncos once the Falcons season is done. But interviewing with the Browns is fine. Listen, the mind of the Falcons fan has spent three years trying to figure out Mularkey. I’ve spent this whole season slowly coming to think of him as a genius, so who am I to judge what’s going on here?


Mike Mularkey Interviewing For Cleveland Browns Head Coaching Job Too, According To Report

Minutes after the Denver Broncos announced their plans to interview Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey on Friday in Atlanta, NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora reported the Cleveland Browns will also interview Mularkey for the same position. The Browns recently fired coach Eric Mangini.

Falcons fans who’ve expressed frustration with Mularkey’s extremely patient and focused attack: you’re about to see what this offense can do without him. Be careful what you wish for, I’d say. Personnel guys like Mike Holmgren think enough of Mularkey to interview him for a head coaching job, which should tell us something.

One of the biggest challenges to prolonged NFL success is in keeping a head coaching staff together, as winning attracts attention. The New England Patriots have succeeded despite becoming a coaching outlet (coincidentally, both the Broncos and Browns fired former Bill Belichick assistants before showing interest in Mularkey), but all signs do suggest Mike Smith will have to rebuild part of his staff this offseason.


Mike Mularkey To Be Interviewed By Denver Broncos For Head Coaching Job

Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey will be interviewed by the Denver Broncos regarding Denver’s vacant head coaching position. The Broncos announced via Twitter the interview will occur on Friday in Atlanta.

There’s no telling if they’re likely to offer Mularkey the job, which was recently made available by the firing of Josh McDaniels. But teams don’t interview coaching candidates on a whim. Mularkey has previously said he’d like to be a head coach again, but that his current focus is on the Falcons and their playoff run.

The Broncos have reportedly also been interested in Stanford Cardinal head coach Jim Harbaugh, but so is everybody else. Falcons fans who’d like to see Mularkey hang around now have a reason to hope former Stanford QB John Elway can convince Harbaugh to visit Denver very soon.

Mularkey joined Mike Smith’s first Falcons staff in 2008 after various offensive coordinator and position coaching jobs and a two-year run as Buffalo Bills head coach.

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