It wasn’t immediately clear if the Falcons have granted that permission, but that’s not likely to be a stumbling block. Coach Mike Smith and general manager Thomas Dimitroff generally don’t stand in the way of assistants who get a chance to move up. Plus, Smith has a good relationship with the Jaguars. He worked as Jacksonville’s defensive coordinator before taking the Atlanta job in 2008. Mularkey also has a son who works in Jacksonville's personnel department.
Mularkey’s name has been tied to the Jacksonville job since Jack Del Rio was fired. He has previous head coaching experience as a head coach with Buffalo. The Jaguars likely will want a coach who can help rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert develop and Mularkey has largely been credited for the success of Atlanta’s Matt Ryan in his first four seasons.
It’s not known when Mularkey will talk to the Jaguars, but the Falcons have a playoff game to get ready for Sunday against the New York Giants.
Mularkey also potentially could be a candidate for the Tampa Bay job, if the Bucs part ways with Raheem Morris. Mularkey started his coaching career with the Bucs in the mid-1990s and his reputation as a quarterback builder could be attractive for a team that’s looking to get Josh Freeman back on track.