With all due fairness to Mularkey, it was the Bills for one, and for the most part, he really hasn't gotten a fair chance. His first season, he started out 0-4 and finished 9-7. The second season was a cluster with QB issues and ownership that decided to bring in ex-HC Levy to be a consultant so Mularkey resigned.
Then he got stuck for 2 years in a bad Dolphins organization under Saban and Cam Cameron. When he started out he had 3 great seasons as the Steelers OC and is now working well in Atlanta. I think he could be a good choice, but he'll really need a solid DC for this Bucs team.
Maybe the Bucs should look closer to home like Plant or Armwood....
Colts offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen, if let go, could be a strong candidate for the position based on his previous experience with Smith for the Buccaneers. But an NFL source said if Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey lands a head coaching job (the Jaguars and Bucs are interested in him) Christensen will go with him. The source said Mularkey will be the leading candidate in Jacksonville.
Why not Schottenheimer? He's old and chokes in the playoffs but he's the disciplinarian and leader we need. He wouldn't be around THAT long but considering the names we are hiring they likely won't be around that long anyway. Raheem Morris had 2 losing seasons in 3 years, Schottenheimer had 2 losing seasons in 21 years. He only has a .278 Winning% in the Playoffs but that doesn't matter to us now, but he has a .613 winning % in the regular season.
Just put it in his contract that he's not allowed to hire his son as OC.