Last night, word emerged of yet another ho-hum hire in the head-coaching ranks. Mike Mularkey, long-time assistant and two-year Bills coach, became the third coach in Jaguars history.
The move came a day after the team had planned to interview Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. But McCoy wasn’t available to be interviewed or hired, because his team pulled off a stirring and unlikely victory against the defending AFC champions, thanks to a brilliant game plan that came one week after the end of a regular season in which McCoy’s ability to devise creative game plans helped deliver an unlikely playoff berth. Instead of waiting for McCoy’s season to end, the Jaguars jumped on the guy who was available to be interviewed and hired, because his team scored zero offensive points against an up-and-down 9-7 team.
The Jaguars would have been better off to try to find the next big thing — a rising Mike McCarthy, Mike Tomlin, or Sean Payton — instead of giving a failed former head coach a shot at redemption. And if the Jags had opted ultimately to hire a former NFL head coach, why not Brian Billick or Dennis Green or Jim Fassel or one of the various former head coaches the Buccaneers are considering?
Let’s think about that for a second. (Perhaps longer.) The Bucs have assembled a posse of former NFL coaches to possibly replace Raheem Morris, but the Bucs didn’t even sniff around the guy whose offense they’ve had to solve twice per year for the last three seasons.
Shouldn’t that have been a clue to the Jags?
Look, I don’t know what happened at Mularkey’s interview. Maybe he went in there with a win-one-for-the-Gipper fire-and-brimstone presentation that made Gene Smith pee his pants and Shad Khan try to run through the nearest wall. The point is that, with McCoy possibly only three days away from being available, why not wait for the chance to bring him in and hear him out?