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.