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Mike Mularkey To Stay With Falcons, Titans Expected To Name Mike Munchak Head Coach

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Mike Mularkey will be returning to the Atlanta Falcons as offensive coordinator for his third season, according to a report from The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt. Wyatt said the Titans reviewed the candidates (which also included Perry Fewell and Mike Heimerdinger) but are expected to promote offensive line coach Mike Muchak to replace Jeff Fisher as early as today.

Mularkey became a popular candidate after orchestrating a Falcons' offense that finished fifth in the league in points scored and established Roddy White as one of the game's best receivers. Mularkey had previously been head coach of the Buffalo Bills in 2004 and 2005 but his 14-18 combined record wasn't deemed good enough to give him a third season.

This is good news for a Falcons team that had already lost their quarterbacks coach, Bill Musgrave, to the Minnesota Vikings. With Mularkey back for another season, the offense should be able to maintain the kind of consistency championship teams need from year to year.

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