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Mularkey to decide between Bucs, Falcons



Recently-fired Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey might not remain unemployed long.

We've learned the one-time Buffalo Bills coach is in the process of deciding between offers to become the Bucs' quarterbacks coach or the Falcons' offensive coordinator. He met with coach Jon Gruden over breakfast in Mobile, Ala. on Tuesday and a decision is forthcoming.

Asked about his future while at the Senior Bowl today, Mularkey said only, "I've got some decisions to make." Mularkey said plans were in place for him to arrive in Tampa Thursday afternoon, presumably for a formal interview. However, that could change if he chooses to join the Falcons.

It's believed Mularkey's family, which remains in South Florida, is a factor in the decision. It's obvious why the Atlanta job would appeal to Mularkey because of the prestige of being a coordinator. But Mularkey would be entering a less stable situation with Atlanta, which is finalizing the details of a contract with first-time head coach Mike Smith today. The former Jacksonville defensive coordinator will take over a 4-12 team in tatters.

In Tampa, Mularkey would assume a position that arguably has more influence on the team's offense than anyone other than Gruden.

As for the reason the quarterbacks coach post is open to begin with, indications are Paul Hackett may opt to retire after more than three decades in coaching.

As for that mystery candidate with the big-time name Gruden alluded to but didn't identify on Tuesday, we now hear the candidate is probably in line for the running backs job. So far, there is nothing to indicate it's Mike Alstott, who is expected to announce his retirement on Thursday.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:56pm]


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