The Atlanta Falcons offense was shut out against the New York Giants on Sunday, the third postseason collapse of the otherwise successful Thomas Dimitroff era. While defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder has already provided Mike Smith and company with work in finding one new coordinator, it's looking more and more likely the Birds will need a new coach on the other side of the ball as well.
Mike Mularkey, who's interviewing with the Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars, certainly appears to have worn out his welcome in Atlanta -- and not just among fans, based on reporting by Yahoo! Sports' Jason Cole, which features Roddy White expressing frustration and some anonymous comments:
White's remarks echo private comments of several other players who have pointed at a disconnection who offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey's approach. Numerous players believe Mularkey is too conservative, particularly in tense situations like the playoffs.
Or as one player put it: "Something has to be said to [coach] Mike [Smith] this offseason."