Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer reports ex-Titans coach Mike Mularkey “is on the Browns’ radar for their offensive coordinator opening.”
Head coach Hue Jackson is expected to hire a coordinator for the first time in his tenure in Cleveland but the search has been awfully quiet. Mularkey unexpectedly became available this morning after “mutually parting ways” with the Titans and would bring 23 years of NFL coaching experience, including five-plus as a head coach and eight as a coordinator. He served as coordinator for the Steelers, Dolphins and Falcons.
That said, the primary reason for his firing from the Titans is the regression of the offense and perceived lack of development of quarterback Marcus Mariota in 2017. The Titans still went 9-7 in Mularkey’s two full years at the helm-a record that Browns fans can only dream of.
Jackson has said he would be willing to hand over play-calling duties to an experienced coordinator and the 56-year-old Mularkey certainly fits the bill. That may be why Texans QB coach Sean Ryan left Cleveland without a contract after his interview last week, as Ryan has made it clear he wants to call plays as the OC but has no experience doing so.
On the other hand, in Jackson’s other recent hires he seems to be making certain that he has no one on his staff capable of taking the reins on an interim basis should owner Jimmy Haslem decide to jettison the 1-31 Jackson if the team gets off to another disastrous start in 2018. Jackson could perceive Mularkey as a threat.
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