AP source: Jaguars request to interview Mularkey

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations says the Jaguars have requested permission to interview Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey for Jacksonville’s head coaching vacancy.

The person spoke to The Associate Press Monday on condition of anonymity because the Jaguars had not announced who the team was interviewing. NFL Network first reported the interview request.

The Jaguars fired coach Jack Del Rio in late November and put general manager Gene Smith in charge of the coaching search.

Mularkey went 14-18 in two seasons as head coach with Buffalo (2004-05). He has been Atlanta’s offensive coordinator since 2008, helping mentor quarterback Matt Ryan. That could help his chances in Jacksonville, where the Jaguars are trying to get more out of rookie Blaine Gabbert.

Mularkey interviewed with Tennessee and Cleveland last season.