|Mularkey in 2012|
|Date of birth||November 19, 1961|
|Place of birth||Miami, Florida|
|Alma mater||University of Florida|
|Head coaching record|
|Regular season||16–32 (.333)|
|Career record||16–32 (.333)|
|Coaching stats||Pro Football Reference|
|Team(s) as a player|
|Team(s) as a coach/administrator|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Michael Rene Mularkey (born November 19, 1961) is an American professional football coach. He played college football for the University of Florida, and thereafter, he played nine seasons in the National Football League (NFL) as a tight end for the Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He has served as the head coach of the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars, the offensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Miami Dolphins and Atlanta Falcons, and the tight ends coach for the Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL. Mularkey is currently the tight ends coach for the NFL's Tennessee Titans.
- 1 Early years
- 2 College career
- 3 Professional career
- 4 Coaching career
- 5 Personal
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 Bibliography
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. In his nine NFL seasons, Mularkey played in 114 regular season games, started forty-six of them, and caught 102 passes for 1,222 yards and nine touchdowns.
Concordia University-St. Paul, Minnesota
Mularkey was given his first coaching position as an offensive/defensive line coach at Concordia University in St. Paul Minnesota for the 1993–1994 season. He worked under head coach Tom Cross. He held that position for one season.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mularkey started his NFL 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 ends coach and held the position for one season.
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". Even with his creative imagination, his philosophy of being the most physical punishing offense helped the Steelers average 10+ wins a year during his three years as offensive coordinator.
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. However, a loss to the Steelers in the final game of the season kept the Bills out of the playoffs. Overall they were 7th in the league in total offense. This has been their last winning season to date (November 30, 2013).
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, finishing 24th 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.
On January 22, 2006, Mularkey was hired to be the Miami Dolphins' offensive coordinator. 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 25, 2008, it was announced that he would become the next offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons. In his first season at Atlanta, Mularkey's offense rushed for 152.5 rushing yards per game, second most in the league. The Falcons also finished 10th in the NFL in scoring (up from 29th the previous year) with 24.4 points per game, and 6th in yards with 361.2 per game. Mularkey was named the Assistant Coach of the Year by Pro Football Writers of America following the 2008 season. Following a 13-3 season in 2010, Mularkey was named the Offensive Coordinator of the Year by Sporting News. Mularkey interviewed with multiple NFL teams for their head coaching vacancies for 2011.
On January 11, 2012, Mularkey accepted the head coaching job for the Jacksonville Jaguars, making him the third full-time head coach of the franchise. His first win came in Week 3 of the 2012 season against the Indianapolis Colts.
On January 10, 2013, the Jaguars terminated Mularkey after only one season. He had led the team to a 2–14 record. It was the first move of the new general manager, Dave Caldwell, who began his tenure earlier that week. Mularkey had two years remaining on a three-year contract. However, Caldwell decided that the Jaguars needed "an immediate and clean restart" after winning only seven games in the past two seasons.
On January 22, 2014, the Tennessee Titans announced they hired Mularkey as their Tight Ends Coach.
Head coaching record
|Team||Year||Regular Season||Post Season|
|Wins||Losses||Ties||Win %||Finish||Wins||Losses||Win %||Result|
|BUF||2004||9||7||0||.563||3rd in AFC East||-||-||-|
|BUF||2005||5||11||0||.313||3rd in AFC East||-||-||-|
|JAX||2012||2||14||0||.125||4th in AFC South||-||-||-|
Mularkey is married to Elizabeth "Betsy" Conant Mularkey, who is also a University of Florida alumna. The Mularkeys have two sons, Patrick and Shane. Patrick worked as a scouting assistant for the Jaguars, and then as an assistant strength and conditioning coach. His son Shane played in all 13 games for the University of North Carolina in 2009 and was named the Tar Heels Freshmen Special Teams Player of the Year, but left the team after a shoulder injury that required surgery.
- Florida Gators football, 1980–89
- List of Buffalo Bills head coaches
- List of Florida Gators football players in the NFL
- List of Pittsburgh Steelers players
- Pro-Football-Reference.com, Players, Mike Mularkey. Retrieved May 19, 2011.
- 2011 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 166, 174, 184 (2011). Retrieved August 31, 2011.
- "Best Local Boy Made Good". New Times Broward-Palm Beach. Retrieved 2007-01-24.
- "Ex-Bills coach Mularkey joins Dolphins". AP. Retrieved 2007-01-24.
- Falcons hire Mularkey as offensive coordinator
- Mularkey has given Falcons extreme makeover on offense
- Ganguli, Tania. "Jaguars hire Mike Mularkey as head coach". Jacksonville.com. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
- "Jaguars fire head coach Mike Mularkey". USA Today. January 10, 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
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