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Jaguars hire Mike Mularkey as head coach

Posted on: January 10, 2012 10:13 pm
Edited on: January 10, 2012 11:10 pm
 
By Will Brinson

On Monday we passed along the news that Falcons defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder left Atlanta for the same position at Auburn and wondered if offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey might be out the door also. Well, he is, and he's headed to Jacksonville as the next head coach of the Jaguars.

The Jaguars made the news official on Tuesday night; CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman earlier confirmed a report that Mularkey was set to be hired.

Mularkey will become the third head coach in Jaguars history, and the first under new owner Shahid Khan after interviewing with the Jags on Tuesday.

Mularkey's lone head coaching experience came with the Bills from 2005 through 2007; he resigned in the middle of the 2007 season after the organization hired former Bills coach Marv Levy to work in the front office and the two didn't see eye-to-eye.

He also left the Dolphins early; those two factors led one NFL head coach to tell our Pete Prisco that he "didn't get it" when it came to the Mularkey hire.

On Tuesday, Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden pulled his name out of the running for any head-coaching vacancies; he was considered one of the top candidates in Jacksonville for his work with rookie Andy Dalton.

Mularkey's had similar success with a young signal caller, helping to turn Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan into one of the premiere passers in the league.

The knocks on Mularkey the past few years have been a) conservative play-calling and b) a lack of success in the playoffs.

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He fits the bill in Jacksonville, though, because he's upgrading at running back (Maurice Jones-Drew is significantly better than Michael Turner and much more dynamic), and because the Jaguars would've been a borderline playoff-caliber team in a weak AFC South if they could've mustered any offense.

It's a good move on his part because, as our own Pete Prisco pointed out, there will be plenty of "Falcons fans and some players happy to see him go." Those are the breaks that come with going 0-3 in the playoffs over the course of four years though.

Mularkey's chief job will be working with former first-round pick Blaine Gabbert, who showed promise in 2011 but was submarined by being thrust into a starter's role before he was ready and without any help at wide receiver.

If the organization can make a splash in a deep free-agent market and Mularkey gets a full offseason working with Gabbert, it wouldn't be shocking to see rapid improvement from the Jaguars in 2012.

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Comments

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 8:06 am
 

Jaguars hire Mike Mularkey as head coach

who is mularkey? what has he done. seems like he is always a step ahead ofbeing out of a job. he must be one of those guys that is goodi n the interview room. seems to be average or below in coaching ability.



Since: Jan 29, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 7:49 am
 

Jaguars hire Mike Mularkey as head coach

GO

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Since: Jan 29, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 7:48 am
 

Jaguars hire Mike Mularkey as head coach

Dumb move well geuss I am a native but will continue to hate the Jags 



Since: Sep 6, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2012 7:42 am
 

Jaguars hire Mike Mularkey as head coach

Oh, look... A classy Jets fan. The world is so predictable.


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 4:50 am
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Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2012 4:45 am
 

Jaguars hire Mike Mularkey as head coach

oh boy i bet this hire brings in the fans...NOT

the perfect conservative retread coach for the perfect conservative offensive team

there is no good coach who would go to that team with nothing but a rb who has taken a pounding and will be out of the league in 3 years due to over use. 

this hire is like hiring bobby valentine for baseball. all the guy does is get fired or rotate to another team to make them awful yet hes a "proven" coach.  proven he cant do anything but succeed.

this was their chance to start over. this isnt starting over. this is continuing what this team is ..... conservative, uncreative as an offense and boring. 
 
in other words....3rd place feels SOOOOOOOOOOO GOOD!

I guess the Jags owner missed the Falcons vs Giants game this week.



Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2012 2:22 am
 

Jaguars hire Mike Mularkey as head coach

Is that Kevin Costner?



Since: Mar 14, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2012 12:17 am
 

Jaguars hire Mike Mularkey as head coach

I like it, Sure its not a big name like the Dolphins and Rams are chasing after, but the Jags got this one right. Mularkey might have fallen out of favor, but there are probably deeper problems there and Mularkey is probably the scapegoat for their fans. 



Since: Aug 6, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 12:16 am
 

Jaguars hire Mike Mularkey as head coach

Does it really matter , There is only two coach's I would want Bill Belichik or Tom Landry , one is a Patriot and the other is Deceased so in the end it really doesn't matter who you hire ,because they are all 2nd class anyway


Ada1231
Since: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: January 11, 2012 12:03 am
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