Mike Mularkey: Former Offensive Coordinator Not the Answer for Dolphins

Michael MillSenior Analyst IIIJanuary 7, 2012

Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey calls a play against the St. Louis Rams August 31, 2006 in Miami.  The Dolphins won the week four pre-season game 29 - 9.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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The Miami Dolphins continue their search for a new head coach following another disappointing season in 2011.

A new name has emerged earlier today.

Former Miami offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey will reportedly be interviewing with the team some time in the near future.

Miami reporter Ethan Skolnick tweeted the following:

"Mike Mularkey interviewing w/ Dolphins. Failed Miami OC tenure wasn't entirely his fault; didn't click w/ Saban. Still, won't excite fans."

He hit the nail on the head with that statement. Fans aren't going to be excited about this news.

He's also right that his failed tenure as the offensive coordinator in Miami was not really his fault.

Mularkey has had a lot of success as a coordinator in the league. He has had successful terms as an offensive coach with the Pittsburgh Steelers and most recently the Atlanta Falcons.

This season Mularkey has the Falcons ranked as the seventh best scoring offense in the league.

With all that said, fans really shouldn't be excited about this news.

Mularkey is a successful offensive coordinator, not head coach.

He has had the opportunity to take over as a head coach for a struggling team once before in his career.

He lasted only two seasons leading the team before he decided to walk away from the position.

There are some coaches that are just meant to be coordinators.

Look at the recently fired Steve Spagnuolo in St. Louis. Spagnuolo has had tremendous success as a defensive coordinator. He just isn't cut out to be a head coach in the league.

It appears that the same may hold true for Mularkey.

There are other candidates out there that have attracted much more attention in Miami.

Fans would love to see guys like Jeff Fisher, Bill Cowher or John Gruden get the position before Mularkey.

Those guys may not be the answer either, but they surely have much more elaborate resumes than Mularkey.