According to a report from Adam Schefter on ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown, the Broncos may have interest in Falcons OC Mike Mularkey for their head coaching position. Mularkey, who was head coach of the Buffalo Bills in 2004 and 2005, has been the Falcons' OC for three seasons. The 11-2 Falcons are fifth in the NFL this season in scoring with 335 points and ninth in yardage.
Mularkey told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that while unaware of Schefter's report or of any interest from the Broncos, he is indeed interested in becoming a head coach again. When asked specifically about pursuing a HC job, Mularkey said,
I would like the opportunity again. I would, if it ever presents itself.
Without going into further detail, ESPN's Pat Yasinskas writes that Denver could fit the profile of what Mularkey might seek in terms of a franchise's ownership and front-office structure. Apparently, Yasinskas has no idea what's been going on in Denver...
In Mularkey's first two seasons as Atlanta's OC, the Falcons ranked 10th in points and 6th in yards (2008) and 13th in points and 16th in yards (2009). Mularkey also coordinated the 2006 Dolphins offense, one that ranked 29th in points and 20th in yards.
Mularkey has been referred to by the nickname "Inspector Gadget" thanks to his penchant for trick plays. He earned the nickname during his time as the Steelers' OC from 2001 to 2003, when he had the versatile Antwaan Randle El, Kordell Stewart and Hines Ward at his disposal. Earlier this year, Steelers blog Steel Curtain Rising wrote:
...while Mularkey perhaps got a little too captivated with his own innovations, Pittsburgh’s offense enjoyed a lot of success during his tenure.
As Buffalo's head coach, Mularkey led the Bill to a 9-7 record in 2004 before slipping to a 5-11 record in 2005. He surprisingly resigned from his position in January of 2006 after HOF coach Marv Levy was appointed GM. Mularkey reportedly cited concerns with the structure of the organization, which of course is a source of great concern and mystery in Denver.
Note: Thanks to IAOFM reader Rig for the tip.