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The Detroit Lions have been granted permission to interview Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator and former Buffalo Bills coach Mike Mularkey, according to three sources.

The Lions, according to various reports, also have been granted permission or scheduled interviews with Minnesota defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, Dallas offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, Dolphins assistant Todd Boyles and Redskins secondary coach Jerry Gray.

Mularkey coached Buffalo to a 14-18 record in 2004-05 before resigning. Mularkey worked two years in Miami and then was brought to Atlanta, where he helped the team make the decision to select quarterback Matt Ryan and then develop him. Ryan was named the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year.

The Falcons finished No. 10 in the league in scoring (24.4 points per game). In addition to Ryan, running back Michael Turner and wide receiver Roddy White have blossomed this year with the Falcons.

The Lions are seeking a replacement for Rod Marinelli, who was fired Monday after going 0-16 this year and 10-38 in three seasons with the franchise.

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