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Browns to interview Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 4, 2011
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 1: Head coach Mike Mularkey of the Buffalo Bills looks on during their game against the New York Jets on January 1, 2006 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.The Jets defeated the Bills 30-26.(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Browns will interview Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey for their head coaching vacancy at the end of this week. The Denver Broncos announced they will interview Mularkey on Friday.

"I have been contacted by (the Browns and the Broncos), and the Falcons have granted permission to speak with both of them," Mularkey told Atlanta reporters. "I'll speak with them at the end of the week."

The Browns would have to interview him before the conclusion of this weekend's wildcard playoff games, per NFL rules. The Falcons have a first-round postseason bye.

Browns President Mike Holmgren fired coach Eric Mangini Monday morning after Mangini led the team to records of 5-11 in consecutive seasons. The Browns' policy is to not confirm interviews during their coaching search until after they take place.

Mularkey, a 49-year-old native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has been the Falcons' offensive coordinator since 2008. He went 14-18 as the head coach of the Buffalo Bills (2004-05). He was also an offensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins (2006) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (2001-03). He has been an NFL assistant coach since 1994. He played tight end for the Minnesota Vikings (1983-88) and the Steelers (1989-91).

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