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Mike Mularkey
Date of birth November 19, 1961 (1961-11-19) (age 48)
Place of birth Miami, Florida
Position(s) Head Coach
Tight End
College Florida
NFL Draft 1983 / Round 9
Regular season 14-18-0
Postseason 0-0
Career record 14-18-0
Playing stats NFL.com
Coaching stats Pro Football Reference
Team(s) as a player
1983-1987
1988-1991
Minnesota Vikings
Pittsburgh Steelers
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
1994-1995

1996-2000

2001-2003

2004-2005

2006

2007

2008-present
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
(Tight ends)
Pittsburgh Steelers
(Tight ends)
Pittsburgh Steelers
(Offensive coordinator)
Buffalo Bills
(Head coach)
Miami Dolphins
(Offensive coordinator)
Miami Dolphins
(Tight ends)
Atlanta Falcons
(Offensive coordinator)

Michael Rene Mularkey (born November 19, 1961 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida) is the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons. He is a former Buffalo Bills head coach, offensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and tight ends coach for the Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Prior to coaching, he played 9 seasons in the NFL as a tight end for the Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Playing career

Mularkey played quarterback for Northeast High School in Oakland Park, Florida. He played collegiately as a tight end at the University of Florida.

In 1983, Mularkey was a ninth-round draft pick for the San Francisco 49ers, but was cut before appearing in game. He went on to play with the Minnesota Vikings until the conclusion of the 1988 season. In 1989, he signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as a free agent for the final three years of his playing career.

Career statistics

Receiving
Year Team G Rec Yards Y/R TD
1983 Minnesota Vikings 3 0 0 0 0
1984 Minnesota Vikings 16 14 134 9.6 2
1985 Minnesota Vikings 15 13 196 15.1 1
1986 Minnesota Vikings 16 11 89 8.1 2
1987 Minnesota Vikings 9 1 6 6.0 0
1988 Minnesota Vikings 16 3 39 13.0 0
1989 Pittsburgh Steelers 14 22 326 14.8 1
1990 Pittsburgh Steelers 16 32 365 11.4 3
1991 Pittsburgh Steelers 9 6 67 11.2 0

Coaching career

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mularkey started his coaching career in 1994 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a Quality Control coach for both the offense and defense. In 1995 he was promoted to Tight End Coach and held the position for one season.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Mularkey was hired as the Pittsburgh Steelers tight ends coach in 1996 and held the position until the conclusion of the 2000 season, when he replaced Kevin Gilbride as the team's offensive coordinator. He has a reputation for being an offense-oriented head coach with a penchant for trick plays. His skill for creating special packages to utilize multi-dimensional players such as Hines Ward and Antwaan Randle El earned him the nickname "Inspector Gadget"[1] . Even with his creative imagination, his philosophy of being the most physical punishing offense helped the Steelers average 10+ wins a year during his 3 years as offensive coordinator.

Buffalo Bills

In 2004, Mularkey left the Steelers and was hired by the Buffalo Bills to succeed Gregg Williams as the team's head coach. Mularkey started out his first campaign as Bills head coach with a record of 0–4. He rallied his team to a 9–7 record by the end of the season, however, sparked by a six-game winning streak during which the Bills scored more points than in any other similar stretch in franchise history. This has been their last winning season to date.

His second season in Buffalo was far less successful. Dogged by a quarterback controversy between J.P. Losman and Kelly Holcomb and a series of defensive personnel problems, Mularkey led the team to a 5–11 finish and a sixth consecutive year out of the playoffs - the longest such active streak in the AFC. Mularkey's offensive schemes continued to be touted by then general manager Tom Donahoe, despite the lack of production; Mularkey's schemes proved to be predictable, and the Bills finished 28th in total offense.

On January 12, 2006, Mularkey resigned as head coach of the Bills, citing a disagreement in the direction of the organization, which had recently hired new management including ex-coach Marv Levy.

Miami Dolphins

On January 22, 2006, Mularkey was hired to be the Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator.[2] As the offensive coordinator under Miami's coach, Nick Saban, Mularkey had an unsuccessful season with injuries to his first string quarterback, Daunte Culpepper, and running back, Ronnie Brown. The Dolphins only scored 16.3 points per game, ranking 29th in the NFL. Following the season, it was announced Saban had resigned as Dolphins head coach and he accepted the position of head coach of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide on January 3, 2007.

Upon the hiring of former San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Cam Cameron as Dolphins head coach on January 19, 2007, it was announced that Mularkey would no longer serve as offensive coordinator but would remain with the team in another capacity. On March 15, 2007 it was officially announced that Cameron himself would call the offensive plays in 2007, leaving Mularkey to serve as tight ends coach.

On January 3 it was anonunced that Mularkey was let go from his tight ends coach position, as were all other coaches for the Miami Dolphins.[3]

Atlanta Falcons

On January 25, 2008 it was announced that he would become the next offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons.[4] [5] . In his first season at Atlanta , Mularkey helped the offense to be the second place in the league with 152.5 rushing yards per game, also finished 10th in scoring with 24.4 (up from 29th in 2007) and 6th in yards with 361.2 per game , Mularkey was being considered for an interview with the Detroit Lions for their head coaching vacancy.[6]

References

Preceded by
Kevin Gilbride
Pittsburgh Steelers Offensive Coordinator
2001-2003
Succeeded by
Ken Whisenhunt
Preceded by
Gregg Williams
Buffalo Bills Head Coach
2004–2005
Succeeded by
Dick Jauron
Preceded by
Scott Linehan
Miami Dolphins Offensive Coordinator
2006
Succeeded by
Dan Henning
Preceded by
Rob Boras
Miami Dolphins Tight Ends Coach
2007
Succeeded by
George DeLeone
Preceded by
Hue Jackson
Atlanta Falcons Offensive Coordinator
2008-present
Succeeded by
current coordinator







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