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Falcons bring back former offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey as TEs coach

Here’s another blast from the past.

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If you were excited to see Dirk Koetter come back as Atlanta’s new offensive coordinator, you’ll love this news. Mike Mularkey will also return to the Falcons fold as the team’s tight ends coach.

The team confirmed the news on Tuesday.

“Mike brings over 20 years of experience in our league as a former play-caller, head coach and as a player, and we are pleased to have him join our staff,” Dan Quinn said, via the team’s media relations staff. “He has a good feel for our offense, both in the run game and the pass game, and we feel he will be able to add to the strengths of our tight ends group as we head into 2019.”

Mularkey was Matt Ryan’s first coordinator as a pro, serving under Mike Smith from Ryan’s rookie season in 2008 through 2011. That team made the playoffs in each season but 2009, earning Mularkey Offensive Coordnator of the Year honors from Sporting News in 2010 and leading to serious consideration of Mularkey as a head coach candidate. He spent the 2012 season as the Jaguars head coach, finishing 2-14.

He was hired by the Tennessee Titans as their tight ends coach in 2014. He was named interim head coach when Kent Whisenhunt was fired during the 2015 season, and the Titans opted to keep him in that role permanently in 2016. He took the Titans to the playoffs in 2017, but after a loss to the Patriots in divisional play the team and Mularkey agreed to part ways.

Mularkey played tight end at the University of Florida and spent time with the Vikings and the Steelers during his pro playing career.

He joins new offensive coordinator (and fellow member of the former Falcons offensive coordinator club) Dirk Koetter in Atlanta.