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Posted on: February 2, 2011 1:10 pm
 

Report: Titans want to interview Mularkey

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting that the Falcons have given the Titans permission to interview Atlanta offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey for the vacant Tennessee head coaching job.

Mularkey, you'll recall, was the Bills head coach in 2004-05, and he recorded a 14-18 mark.

He also interviewed for the Browns head coaching job this offseason that ultimately went to Pat Shurmur.

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Posted on: January 13, 2011 1:59 pm
Edited on: January 15, 2011 9:37 am
 

Falcons vs. Packers: 7-Point Divisional Preview

Posted by Will Brinson



CBSSports.com's patented and award-winning 7-point preview gets you ready for each and every playoff game. As an added bonus, check out our playoff podcast preview:



1. Green Bay Packers (No. 6, NFC, 11-6) @  Atlanta Falcons (No. 1, NFC, 13-3)

in a week that features two unbelievably potent AFC rivalries, the NFC might actually sport the most compelling rematch when the Packers return to the ATL to try and avenge a 20-17 Week 12 loss . At the time, that game was considered a preview of the NFC Championship, and this time around, nothing's changed, except the two teams are meeting earlier than expected.

The difference in that first tilt essentially hinged on two plays -- an Aaron Rodgers fumble on the one-yard line and a fourth-down conversion during the ensuing drive for Atlanta. Things play out differently if the reverse of each play occurs, of course, but that was a 14-point swing that dramatically altered the outcome of the game. What makes things interesting is that this time around, the Packers have, theoretically, enough of a running game to potentially avoid Rodgers playing the role of "leading rusher" for Green Bay, and, perhaps, a devastating turnover.

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For a minute, I started photoshopping three Mora heads. Then I watched the highlights from the first time these teams met, listened to the video below, and frankly, it's just too good of a matchup not to be worth more. Only the potential AFC overshadow factor keeps it from the full five.

3. Key Matchup to Watch: Packers front seven vs. Michael Turner

In 2010, the Falcons went undefeated when Michael Turner (or Jason Snelling, if you want to include their 41-7 whupping of Arizona in Week 2) crossed the 100-yard rushing mark. When Turner rushed for less than 75 yards, they went 3-3, with one of those victories being the meaningless-by-halftime Week 17 game against the Panthers.  The other two sub-75 victories were by a total of 7 points, against San Francisco and Baltimore. In the Falcons three losses, Turner didn't total 100 yards combined

So to say that the rushing game is important for the Falcons is mildly understating things. Against Green Bay the first time, Turner ripped off three runs of 14 yards or more (and a slew of five-plus-yard runs) en route to a 4.8 yards per carry average (his season YPC was 4.1). 

The Packers can't blitz as much as they might against a team with a less, um, traditional offensive set -- Atlanta's old-school run game (two tight ends, big backfields) doesn't present a whole lot of holes where Dom Capers can send attackers, and Mike Mularkey specializes in deflecting the brunt of tacklers to give Turner room to work.

Additionally, Turner getting his motor running keep Matt Ryan from having to force things and opens up the Falcons ability to exploit Tony Gonzalez' receiving talents against an increasingly run-wary (and weary) group of linebackers. 

In other words, if Green Bay manages to limit the run game even somewhat substantially, their odds of strolling out of the Georgia Dome with a win increase exponentially.

4. Potentially Relevant Video

The people involved in this game aren't exactly old-school players (although Atlanta's style might be), but they're not new-school fools either. But if you like fish n' grits and all that, well, do you know what I am saying? (NSFW lyrics may apply if you click play. You'll also likely be fired if you keep throwing your hands in the air and waving them like you don't care. Please be warned.)



5. The Packers will win if ...

If Aaron Rodgers can grow up and leave less than 56 seconds on the clock when the Packers score for the last time in the game. I kid, I kid. The Packers need to match Atlanta's ability to sustain drives by incorporating the running game (thereby opening up the passing game) before taking some shots downfield. Oh, and stop the run and force Matt Ryan to make mistakes. It's really that simple. 

6. The Falcons will win if ...

They can limit big plays from the Packers passing game and get Turner over the magic 100-yard mark. Him hitting that high number means there's some salting-away of the clock and/or long, sustained drives going on, and that's good news for Atlanta.

7. Prediction: Falcons 23, Packers 20


Posted on: January 12, 2011 3:27 pm
 

Checking in on Browns' coaching search

Posted by Andy Benoit

At the end of the BCS National Championship, Mike Tirico asked his Monday Night Football and (for that night) radio partner Jon Gruden if he would return to coaching in 2011. “No, I’ll be back with you,” Gruden said.

Gruden ostensibly wants to watch his high school senior son play one more year of football. His son said a few months ago that the plan for his dad was to return to coaching in 2012 and take either the 49ers or Browns job.

Obviously, those jobs will almost certainly not be available now. The Niners gave Jim Harbaugh a five-year, $25 million contract last week. As for the Browns…

Whispers around the NFL are that Rams offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is the leading candidate. Prior to joining the Rams in 2009, Shurmur spent 10 years as an offensive assistant in Philadelphia. The Eagles run a West Coast style system that Mike Holmgren prefers (and likely requires).

Another offensive-minded head coach in the mix is Mike Mularkey. The Falcons offensive coordinator interviewed for the job on Saturday (the Browns visited him in Atlanta). But according to Tony Grossi of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the process was rushed (Mularkey sort of had a lot on his plate – you know, with the playoffs and everything).

Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell has also interviewed, and there are rumblings about former Bears/Dolphins/Pitt Panthers head coach Dave Wannstedt. It is believed that Wannstedt is not necessarily a head coaching candidate, but rather, a possibility as a defensive coordinator.

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Posted on: January 9, 2011 1:02 pm
Edited on: January 10, 2011 1:20 pm
 

Denver hires search firm, interviewing Fox Monday

Posted by Will Brinson

Despite being "let go" by the Carolina Panthers about a week ago, John Fox is a pretty hot name for openings around the NFL. And he'll be interviewing for one of those openings -- with the Denver Broncos -- on Monday.

Charley Casserly of CBS Sports reported on The NFL Today that Fox is among a number of candidates for the Broncos' job and that they've retained a search firm in order to help them narrow the list.

"First of all, they're going to take their time with the search," Casserly said. "Second thing is they've hired the executive search firm, Russell-Reynolds, to consult with John Elway and his staff throughout the process of hiring a coach."

That process involves cutting down the list of candidates which, according to Casserly, includes Eric Studesville (their current interim coach), Perry Fewell (Giants DC), Dirk Koetter (Jacksonville OC), Rick Dennison (Houston OC), Gregg Williams (New Orleans DC), Fox and Mike Mularkey.

Two interesting points about Mularkey and Fox -- Casserly reported that although Mularkey, who cancelled an earlier interview with the Broncos, is still in the mix because "both sides decided they will talk at a later time."



On Fox, Casserly reported that "he'll only get consideration for [the Broncos'] job if he's willing to take less money" than he got with the Panthers in 2010.

That's no huge surprise considering that Fox was, after all, let go. It's not often that you get a promotion simply for becoming unemployed.

Either way, though, it appears the Broncos are seeking a coach who's fine with letting Elway run the show from a personnel standpoint.

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Posted on: January 6, 2011 8:53 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2011 9:23 pm
 

Hot Routes 1.6.11: Get your chapstick ready



Posted by Josh Katzowitz and Will Brinson 

  • Hey, you. Yeah, you. Not impressed with the job Tom Coughlin did this season? Think he should have been fired despite the Giants 10-6 record? Yeah? Well, you can kiss his ass, then. You all can line up and kiss his ass.
  • John Elway has joined Twitter. Hopefully, he won't be as psychedelic and, well, weird as Jim Irsay).
  • Mike Mularkey has decided not to interview for the Broncos head coaching job at this point, though he still will interview with the Browns. He wants to keep focused apparently on the Falcons playoff run.

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Posted on: January 4, 2011 5:26 pm
 

Browns will interview Rams O-coordinator Shurmur

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that the Browns on Thursday will interview Rams offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur to fill Eric Mangini’s old job.

This latest news shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the relationships Shurmur has with the Browns front office.

As the paper points out, Shurmur spent seven seasons as the Eagles quarterback coach (during a time frame in which Donovan McNabb made three Pro Bowls) and he got to know current Cleveland GM Tom Heckert quite well. Also, Shurmur’s uncle was former NFL defensive coordinator Fritz Shurmer, who worked for team president Mike Holmgren.

Another positive for Shurmur: the impressive season that No. 1 pick Sam Bradford just accomplished in leading what was expected to be a last-place Rams squad to the verge of the playoffs (sure, it was in the NFC West, but you get my point).

Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey and Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg also are supposedly on the Browns interviewee list.

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