In the event of offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey’s departure to take a head coaching job, the Atlanta Falcons are eying former Denver Broncos coach Josh McDaniels as a potential replacement. McDaniels was fired in the middle of a 3-9 2010 season after a decent start in 2009.
Mularkey interviewed with the Cleveland Browns this weekend, but hasn’t commented on how it went, other than to say he’s focused on the Falcons playoff run.
McDaniels is a New England Patriots product, as is Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff. He was a position coach, assistant coach, and coordinator at various points from 2001 to 2008 before taking the Broncos job. Before McDaniels left the Pats, Belichick gave him a five-page document on producing a winning team, called “his bible,” and helped McDaniels prepare for head coaching interviews.
It did not work the first time, but it’s still around.
McDaniels is known as a hothead and got in trouble for failing to report a Broncos staffer’s videotaping of a 49ers practice.