Posted by Will Brinson
The Denver Broncos announced via Twitter (where else for them, considering that's how they fired Josh McDaniels) that they'll interview Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey for their head coaching position on Friday.
Mularkey's name's been bandied about for many of the openings around the NFL recently, and with good reason -- while offensive coordinator with the Steelers from 2001-2003, his offenses ranked 2nd, 3rd and 18th in yards and 3rd, 5th and 22nd in points scored, respectively.
That earned him the head coaching gig with the Buffalo Bills, where after two years he resigned with a 14-18 record, which is actually pretty respectable given that it's the Bills.
Mularkey's spent the past three years as offensive coordinator for Mike Smith's Falcons. In the process, he's helped the team make the playoffs two out of three years, developed Matt Ryan into a Pro Bowl-caliber quarterback, and his offenses ranked 6th, 16th, and 16th in yards and 10th, 13th and 5th in total points scored.
In other words, Mularkey's career trajectory was straight rolling, until it got completely derailed by a stint in Buffalo. It's taken three strong years with the Falcons to solidify him as another head coaching candidate and clearly, people have taken notice.
There's certainly no guarantee that the Broncos will pull the trigger on Mularkey based on Friday's interview, but given his head coaching experience, offensive prowess, and time working with a struggling organization, he's certainly got a good shot at landing the gig.
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