Bills to hire Mike Mularky as new head coach

BillsReport has learned from sources that Mike Mularky will be named the new head coach of the Buffalo Bills in a press conference on Thursday.

Mularky was the offensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers this past season, and a tight end for the Steelers when Tom Donahoe was the Director of Pro Personnel.

Donahoe interviewed a number of offensive-minded coaches in part to Buffalo's offense slumping to 30th in the NFL last season and dropping in 12 statistical categories.

Donahoe, who left Pittsburgh amid controversy with head coach Bill Cowher, continues to work hard dispelling the belief -- at least in Buffalo -- that he's on a power trip. He said his new coach will get a say in such weighty matters as keeping Drew Bledsoe as his quarterback and keeping the staff of assistants responsible for Buffalo's No. 2 defense. "I think you have to give the coach say in everything, just as Gregg (Williams) had the say in everything," Donahoe said.

Donahoe and Mularky will be looking to improve the Bills from a 6-10 finish in 2003, when many experts predicted the Bills would make the Super Bowl.

"It's a fine line in this league. The difference between a 6-10 team and a 10-6 team is not that great, and we have a lot of quality football players on this team, but we have to get some more and we will. I'll be shocked if we don't get this thing turned around." said the President and General Manager Tom Donahoe.


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