Mularkey a tough sell to Bills fans

New Bills coach Mike Mularkey has a bright offensive mind, but his play-calling abilities have been questioned.

Updated: January 14, 2004, 11:50 AM ET
By By Darrell Trimble | NFL Insider
After Gregg Williams produced only 17 wins in his three years in Buffalo, the Bills thought it was time to go in a different direction. And in a way they did by hiring Mike Mularkey to be their 15th head coach.

Williams was known as a gifted defensive coach while Mularkey is considered a guru in training on the offensive side of the ball.

In that respect, the Mularkey move made sense. The Bills' offense was atrocious last season and their defense was among the league's best. But it will be difficult for fans in western New York to get excited about the former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator. That's not because he has no prior head coaching experience, but because his recent history of calling plays will be hard to swallow.