Jaguars fire Mike Mularkey after one season

AP

Well, that didn’t take long.

New Jaguars general manager David Caldwell wasted no time remaking the franchise under his terms, as he fired head coach Mike Mularkey after one season, the team announced.

It’s not a tremendous surprise, when you consider that Caldwell was a sought-after commodity, and wasn’t in a position to have to take someone else’s leftovers.

Mularkey met with owner Shad Khan last week, and thought he might be safe after a 2-14 season, but was told that the new GM would have final say. Caldwell had plenty of background with Mularkey from his time with the Falcons, so it didn’t take long for him to make a decision.

Many have linked Caldwell to his former college classmate Greg Roman, the 49ers offensive coordinator.

92 responses to “Jaguars fire Mike Mularkey after one season

  1. I didn’t like the hire in the first place, but I also don’t understand why they didn’t just let him go when they fired the GM.

    I guess maybe the thought process was that the new GM might want to keep him, but really, what were the odds of that? What potential incoming GM was out there eyeing his uninspired 16-32 record and going, “yeah, he’s definitely worth another year”?

  2. Really. You give this guy Blaine Gabbart & MJD holdout and you expect him to do better than 2-14??

    Note to coaches around the league, don’t take a job with Cleve or Jax. You’ll ruin your HC career before it even starts.

  3. You guys in Jacksonville are serious when you say you want Tim Tebow there???? Really?

    Man.. I actually hope you get him.. that will be fun to watch by mid-season.. watching you guys pine over the days of Blaine Gabbert!

  4. I am not a Tebow fan but I respect his abilities. He seems to be the perfect fit for the Jaguars. They have MJD, Cecil Shorts, Justin Blackmon, Mercedes Lewis along with a decent offensive line so adding Tim Tebow and being a run heavy team to compliment a pretty good defense that could make the Jaguars 8-8 next season. Especially considering the Jaguars will play the last place schedule.
    Trade a 7th round conditional pick for Tim Tebow, draft an offensive lineman in the 1st round along with improving the secondary, defensive line, and a few other positions then the Jaguars will be very competitive.
    As a Texans fan, I definitely would love to see the AFC South become more competitive from top to bottom.

  5. The anointed son will return to his throne in Jacksonville to become MVP in 2013. He will lead the Jaguars to a perfect 16-0 season. And then he will lose in the playoffs to Peyton Manning and John Elway will laugh in his face. Tebowmania ensues.

  6. At least Khan made it clear that his new GM had final say on who the Head Coach is. Which is why a guy like Caldwell with lots of suitors ended up choosing to run Khan’s team. It’ll be interesting too see who he chooses as the Head Coach.

  7. I would normally feel bad for coaches in these situations but:

    1. This guy is not a head coach. He was a mediocre OC at Pitt when the Bills gave him a job unnecessarily. For the past few years he’s had the best WR combo plus tony gonzales, michael turner and orchestrated a very bland offense. Doesn’t it say something that the new GM worked with Mike LAST YEAR and fired him the 2nd day of the job?!

    2. He’s still getting paid.

  8. I was surprised he got the job to begin with.

    As an OC he put up 0 points in a playoff game with Matt Ryan, Tony Gonzalez, Roddy White, Julio Jones, and Michael Turner.

    I speak for 100% of Falcons fans when I say we were glad to see him and Van Gorder GTFO.

  9. Deep down inside, David Caldwell is a Bills fan, so he already knows what a quitter Mularkey is. Smart move!

  10. i dont really think hes a bad coach. if jvill had a qb, they would be much better (as any team would). gabbert stinks. when mularky was in buffalo and had bledsoe he went 9-7 with a not so hot roster.

  11. Cold.

    No QB, just a Gabbert.
    #1 pick holds out.
    Best Running Back hurt.
    Lame drafts over last few years.

    Keep your head up Mike, it is them, not you. You got khanned.

  12. Unfortunately for Mularkey, there is only one ancient out of touch crazy owner left in the league that hasn’t already hired him, and Bud Adams has already decided to keep his coach for another year.

  13. It needed to be done. Nice guy but basically a wimp who creates a very boring team. Didn’t like the pick to begin with – was just ANOTHER bad decision by previous failure Gene Smith which put us in this situation to begin with. Nice guy – wish him luck – but he had to go.

  14. Tebow isn’t coming here guys. Sorry.

    Caldwell hasn’t spend over 15 years working his way up personnel departments to get a GM job, only to trade for (or sign) a terrible quarterback.

  15. This is what the majority of Jacksonville residents would like to see in 2012
    Head Coach: Urban Meyer
    Players: Tebow, Harvin, Aaron Hernandez, Riley Cooper, the Pounceys, Joe Haden, Carlos Dunlap, Brandon Spikes and Major Wright

    Seriously though, this is what the residents of the city would love to see on a Sunday in Everbank. I truly feel bad for the real Jags fans that actually care about the team. At least Khan is moving them in the right direction. Lamping was a great hire for the business/marketing side last year. Caldwell will do great as a GM. Just might take 2-3 years to actually build a decent team.

  16. roth19 says: Jan 10, 2013 11:16 AM

    Really. You give this guy Blaine Gabbart & MJD holdout and you expect him to do better than 2-14??

    Note to coaches around the league, don’t take a job with Cleve or Jax. You’ll ruin your HC career before it even starts.

    I guess Tom Coughlin’s went to ruins when he left Jax, eh?

  17. Mike Mularky hired family members on his staff here in Jax. That is called Nepotism and that is a red flag in my book. He did not look for the most qualified person, he just gave jobs to his family members. Hiring one family member somewhere on your staff is one thing, but giving major jobs to 2 and having a 3rd who was already with the team just never set right with me. I fail to believe the Mularky family is so jammed full of quality coaches that there was no need to look anywhere else.

  18. Did anyone actually see what the Jaguars were working with this year? I know 2-14 is unacceptable, but when ur starting QB is Blaine Gabbert, your top RB MJD is out most of the year, your big free agent accuisition is Laurent Robinson, and your defense is full of nonames, well tell me how you win more than 2 games when half your schedule is against playoff teams. Mularkey got a raw deal due to the GMs awful decisions.

  19. I hope Lovie Smith says, “are you kidding me?”
    Tebow? Smith will shape up their defense, but he just got fired for lack of offense and poor offensive line performance and Tebow is NOT, I repeat, Tebow is not the answer! He is a good athlete, but his QB mechanics sucks.

    If the Jags make him a run -option QB, good luck with that….that won’t make it when you play from behind!…

    Lovie, go to SD….they have an offense..theysuck on defense!

  20. To Mike Mularkey’s Defense!! He had a 53 man roster with 50 Scrubs on IT!! This guy was Voted Coordinator of the year a couple of times By his Colleagues!! Not FANS not Sports Writers, but by the people who does the Same thing he does and know what the job entails. No ONE can win with the lack of talent. And it was NOT his fault we only SCORED 2 points last year! MATTY ICE melted and wet the BED!

  21. Well, much like Luongo spelling the end for Burke in Toronto, I have a feeling Mularky not wanting Tebow just spelled the end for him in Jax. I don’t see how this won’t end up in the Tebow gimmick offense coming to town.

    Much like Thomas and Decker were under utilized in Denver pre-Manning, Shorts and Blackmon are about to feel the same pain.

    I hope I’m wrong for Jax’s sake, but they need to do something to sell tickets…

  22. I am a Jacksonville resident and fan and no we don’t want Tebow. I can speak for the majority of Jags fans. Unfortunately it seems the Tebow lovers are very vocal. I don’t think Caldwell will ruin his first chance at GM by putting Tebow on this team.

  23. Wait, uh Tim Tebow is coming to Jacksonville regardless of who is GM or HC. The Khan wants Tim Tebow in a Jaguars uniform. That’s all but settled.

    Now, will Tim Tebow start? That’s the big question. But if you want to make some money in football in Florida, you go grab Tim Tebow, take pictures of him and put that on billboards all over I-95, the Turnpike and I-75.

  24. The Jaguars ought to go hire Gus Bradley the defensive coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks to be the next head coach.

  25. I feel bad for Mike Mularkey and am surprised he wasn’t given at least 1 more season to see what he could do. In most cases I think coaches shouldn’t get just 1 year, except in KC where Romeo fell flat in his first season.

  26. Gabbert’s stats for the half season he played were better than Henne’s for the half season he played, so maybe you need to look elsewhere to point the finger of blame. Henne played the easy half of the team’s schedule as well.

  27. I told my buddies in JAX last August that they were going to hate Mularkey. We sure did here in Atlanta.
    When a total amateur like myself can guess his calls about 80% of the time, even with four beers in me, that means someone is over their head.

  28. Someone else mentioned it, but whatever. This guy more or less walked out on Buffalo when he was HC there. He deserved to coach that dumpster fire in Jacksonville AND get fired for being terrible at it.

  29. That just shows what’s wrong with the Jaguars.

    You don’t hire a GM and then let him decide who to fire or hire as a head coach.

    You do what successful teams like the Jets do:

    #1. Fire your GM and announce your head coach.

    #2. Make it clear that your overpaid, underperforming QB and Head coach will not be fired.

    #3. Attempt to attract the best GM by letting everyone know he has no power to pick his head coach or QB

    What’s wrong with the Jags that they aren’t following the Jets model?

  30. i dont really think hes a bad coach. if jvill had a qb, they would be much better (as any team would). gabbert stinks. when mularky was in buffalo and had bledsoe he went 9-7 with a not so hot roster.

    Not so hot roster? Eric Moulds.. Peerless Price… Travis Henry..a good defense Takeo Spikes .. Sam Cowart.. Sam Adams.. He missed the playoffs because he thought he would roll over Pitts third stringers and did what he always does pass the ball 40 times forget the run causing his D to be tired the next season he did the same thing but with JP Losman a guy he moved up to pick!! He is a bad coach period! And PS bringing in Tim Tebow will not work!!!

  31. I’ve had season tickets since they went on sale 18 months before 1995 Kickoff.

    All this talk about Coughlin is ridiculous. TC was canned because he was a HORRIBLE GM. He drove our salary cap into the ground, mostly because he overpaid tons of Free Agents to make up for really terrible drafts.

    Weaver fired TC the Coach because TC the GM wouldn’t let go of personnel control.

    As soon as TC wasn’t allowed to play GM, he got his team to the Promised Land.

  32. Note to prospective NFL coaches: When you appear for your interview make sure you tell them about your ONE year plan, because you don’t get 2 or 3 years and you sure as hell don’t get 5 the way you used to in the old days.

  33. First, I want to say best of luck to MM. Yes, we only game him a year and a team with little talent, but he also didn’t appear to be HC material. I’m sure he will eventually find work again as an OC. Second, don’t let the Tebow maniacs speak for the Jags consensus, most Jags fans don’t want him here or the circus he’ll bring. Even a few UF fans here have come to grips with the fact he’s not a NFL QB. Good kid and a good athlete, but he won’t do this team any justice in the QB department. Love the fresh start though. New owner (well kinda new) with dough, new GM, new coach, all new everything lol. I can honestly say this city is REALLY excited to see where this goes.

  34. Tebow to Jacksonville? Really?

    Folks keep forgetting there’s reasons why Denver let him split AND why that team that acts like a football team (the Jets) used him very sparingly.

    Fine. Jacksonville can have him. Maybe they sort out what the rest of the sports world already knows – Tebow’s not a QB.

  35. I think that Trestman from the Montreal Alouettes is the perfect candidate if the Jags are going to bring in Tebow. He previously worked with Tebow when he was with the Broncos and some he made it to the playoffs. I like to watch Tebow play football, but the decision to bring him in would just be to fill seat. I do agree with a previous post that said they could go 8-8 with a heavy running scheme involving Tebow, MJD, and the occasional long ball to Shorts or Blackmon. Best case scenario at this point would be to bring in Trestman or kidnap Urban Meyer

  36. Wow, I don’t know if it’s a good move or not. But, I do know these owners have a lot of money to throw around. I mean fire a guy just after one year. And, is it just me or does there seem to be a lack of quality coaches to fill these positons. I wouldn’t be surprised if Rob Ryan got one of these jobs

  37. Anybody that doesn’t think Tebow will be a Jaguar next year is nuts. In the NFL the bottom line is still the bottom line. Jacksonville can’t sell out a home game. Tebow will be the draw in lieu of an actual football team.

    That said, the next lucky contestant to coach this trainwreck had better be prepared to deal with one reality…no home sellouts and he’ll be one and done as well. Wins and losses won’t matter.

  38. drbob117 says:
    Jan 10, 2013 12:44 PM
    Note to prospective NFL coaches: When you appear for your interview make sure you tell them about your ONE year plan, because you don’t get 2 or 3 years and you sure as hell don’t get 5 the way you used to in the old days.

    ===============

    I can’t for the life of me figure out how teams keep repeating this cycle. I know there’s immense pressure to succeed, but there’s no logical reason to ever find yourself in a situation where a coach gets just one year. That, to me, says they never had confidence in that coach to begin with, which in turn means he shouldn’t have been fired. The Dolphins did it a couple years ago with Tony Sparano when they failed to get Harbaugh and the Jets are doing it now. If you feel like your staff is on a one year, do-or-die lease, why not just wipe the slate clean and try over rather than delay everything by a season?

    Now, granted, Jacksonville has new ownership and so it makes some sense that things would be sloppy. But now that they’re starting completely fresh, it will be interesting to see if they stick with the guys they bring in or if they panic and flush the whole thing after a season or two.

  39. Lovie Smith to Jacksonville.

    He likes defense and they do not have a good performing one. Plus, with the likely acquisition of Tim Tebow The Jacksonville Jaguars can “ground and pound” the way that a defense-first guy like Smith would like.

  40. Tebow is under contract with the Jets.

    He is also not very good. 3rd string, in fact … on a losing Jets team who also just fired their GM.

    How the heck is he included in this discussion about the HC in JAX?

  41. Gabbert’s stats for the half season he played were better than Henne’s for the half season he played, so maybe you need to look elsewhere to point the finger of blame. Henne played the easy half of the team’s schedule as well.

    —————————————————-

    I think those stats are pretty misleading. Anyone who watched them both play and wasn’t such a Gabbert fanboy that they named themselves “thegreatgabbert” could see that Gabbert was hopeless and Henne at least gave them a chance to win. Henne could throw it downfield. Gabbert was 4 yard pass after 4 yard pass, even on 3rd and long. Was it just a huge coincidence that Blackmon caught on literally as soon as Henne came in vs. Houston, and from that point on played at a 1,400 yard pace over the last 7 games of the season?

  42. it felt like every time i watched a falcons game when he was still there the announcers couldnt help but gush over “mike mularkeys offense” it was like they were paid to say those 3 words over and over and over. regardless this guy was a bum, look at ATL’s offense now.

  43. Henne and Baggert aren’t good.

    Jags haven’t had a good QB since Brunell.

    If we sucked last year like this we would have had Andrew Luck or RGIII, setting us up for success for 10 years.

    Unless you’re the Skins and put the RG III out completely injured and blow up his knee – putting your franchise in the hand of Cousins. Who would also represent an upgrade for the Jags …

    Sigh.

  44. Big surprise. yawwwn. All you had to see was his play calling in Atlanta and you’d know not to even hire him. Caldwell has already been-there-done-that with Mularkey in Atlanta and had all he wanted to see of that. Caldwell would like his teams to be a little less predictable in the playoffs.

  45. stigman2012 says:
    Jan 10, 2013 1:03 PM
    Anybody that doesn’t think Tebow will be a Jaguar next year is nuts. In the NFL the bottom line is still the bottom line. Jacksonville can’t sell out a home game. Tebow will be the draw in lieu of an actual football team.

    That said, the next lucky contestant to coach this trainwreck had better be prepared to deal with one reality…no home sellouts and he’ll be one and done as well. Wins and losses won’t matter.

    You do realize that the amount of black outs (or non-sell outs) Jacksonville has had in the last 3 seasons is 0 right?

  46. eljefe322 says:
    Jan 10, 2013 11:10 AM
    This is where Lovie ends up. “Tim is our quarterback.” Owner is frmo Illinois. Look out, Jacksonville! Lovie comin’ to town…and Tim too!
    _____
    That would be funny! The head coach of an inept offensive team getting an even more inept quarterback.

    Imagine the drama!

  47. Caldwell went on to say they would have been able to keep Mularkey if the team hadnt gone so far over thier tarp budget. We should be able to buy plenty more tarps to insure no black outs.

  48. caldwellsinnerstache says:
    Jan 10, 2013 2:14 PM

    You do realize that the amount of black outs (or non-sell outs) Jacksonville has had in the last 3 seasons is 0 right?
    ——————————————–
    You do realize the difference between lifting the blackout and having a sellout? I’ve been at every game for the past three years and it was far from being sold out – even with the tarps.

  49. Jags need to take a serious look at Mike McCoy from the Broncos.

    Obviously Tim Tebow will be a Jag next year and McCoy and Tebow had a little bit of success in Denver together. You may see your 1st option run team in the NFL, which with MJD and Tebow plowing into people, may not be terrible.

  50. It’s no wonder that teams like the Chiefs, Jags, Browns, (recent) Cowboys, Panthers, etc. can’t win regularly; they turnover coaches after one year.

    It takes time to massage in a system unless the team is already a great one. Give the man at least three years to put his personnel in place and get his system working.

    Simply idiotic move by the Jags.

  51. If the lazy media wants to pin the lack of playoff success for the Atlanta Falcons it should be on Mike Mularkey.

    He runs a concessionist, conservative, stubborn, and timid offense.

    He refused to implement screen passes, and refused to practice the deep ball until being forced to when the Falcons drafted Julio Jones.

    After leaving Atlanta is one of the better screen and deep pass teams in the league.

    All of us Atlanta Fans were thrilled when Jax took him off our hands. We were stunned he got a HC gig in the first place/

  52. ajb3313 says:
    ==============

    I can’t for the life of me figure out how teams keep repeating this cycle. I know there’s immense pressure to succeed, but there’s no logical reason to ever find yourself in a situation where a coach gets just one year. That, to me, says they never had confidence in that coach to begin with, which in turn means he shouldn’t have been fired. The Dolphins did it a couple years ago with Tony Sparano when they failed to get Harbaugh and the Jets are doing it now. If you feel like your staff is on a one year, do-or-die lease, why not just wipe the slate clean and try over rather than delay everything by a season?

    Now, granted, Jacksonville has new ownership and so it makes some sense that things would be sloppy. But now that they’re starting completely fresh, it will be interesting to see if they stick with the guys they bring in or if they panic and flush the whole thing after a season or two.

    ==================================

    Both my original comment and your comment are mostly getting thumbs down, so teams do this because fans are on board with it; they too feel if it doesn’t improve in 1 year, adios.

  53. Jacksonville needs to start completely over, this is a good step in the right direction. Hire a coach who will build from the draft. Take the best avail player(s) regardless of position.

    The fan base understands, but you have to stick to at least a 3 year if not 5 year plan to build a team from the bottom up.

    Bringing in has been’s and cast offs is not the answer for Jacksonville.

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