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Buccaneers to interview Mike Mularkey for offensive coordinator

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are likely to interview Mike Mularkey for their offensive coordinator position, according to Mike Garafolo. Mularkey is currently the tight ends coach of the Tennessee Titans, which means the Titans would have to give the Bucs permission to interview him -- anything below head coach doesn't count as a promotion for purposes of denying NFL assistants interviews.

Mularkey is probably best known to Bucs fans as the Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator from 2008 through 2011, when he oversaw the development of Matt Ryan in a fairly run-heavy offense. Mularkey did a good job there, but the Falcons offense took it to a new level when he left to become the Jaguars head coach in 2012 and Dirk Koetter took over. Not coincidentally, Koetter is also on the Bucs' list of candidates and should be interviewed on Saturday.

While Mularkey coached a traditional pocket passer in Ryan, he was also the offensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2001 through 2003, which was when Kordell "Slash" Stewart was the starter -- though they transitioned to Tommy Maddox midway through Mularkey's tenure.

Mularkey was also the head coach for the Buffalo Bills in 2004 and 2005, after he which he resigned and became the Dolphins' offensive coordinator for a single year, coaching Daunte Culpepper and Joey Harrington. In 2012, he was saddled with Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne in Jacksonville -- that didn't end well, either.

Mularkey joins a fairly long list of candidates, which reportedly includes Dirk Koetter, Greg Roman, Marc Trestman, Marty Morninhweg, Brad Childress and Rob Chudzinski.