Mularkey, Sherman, Jay Gruden among coaches on Jaguars radar


Mel Tucker’s first game as interim head coach in Jacksonville hasn’t gone very well.

Tucker has an uphill battle to earn the Jaguars’ permanent job, and names are already starting to float out there as possible candidates to be the next Jaguars head coach.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Falcons coach Mike Mularkey and former Packers coach Mike Sherman are among the names on Jacksonville’s radar. Schefter also threw out Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden.

Gruden makes some sense because he’s shown he can develop young quarterbacks. Mularkey’s son works in the Jaguars organization so there is a connection there.

Pete Prisco of has mentioned Gruden and former Titans coach Jeff Fisher as possibilities.

47 responses to “Mularkey, Sherman, Jay Gruden among coaches on Jaguars radar

  1. Gruden would has the makings of a great coach, imo.

    That said he may want to get ‘his guy’ in the draft. And with Gene Smith running the show and his Gabbert love, Jay might not get it.

  2. Mike Sherman lol. Yeah thats what the jags need to do get rid of Del Rio who doesn’t know offense and get Sherman an equally inept defensive coach. c’mon man!

  3. “Gruden makes some sense because he’s shown he can develop young quarterbacks.”

    definitely not talking about Jon!!!

  4. What about Josh Mcdaniels? He’s great with QB’s and his GM’ing is second to none.

    Well, thats the plan if they want to move the franchise to LA in few years.

  5. gruden can “develop young quarterbacks”???

    like shaun king?

    or maybe jeff garcia, rich gannon, and brad johnson, veteran journeymen who did well on his teams?

  6. First off, this game is bad, but i agree alot with what Jaws is saying. the Jags weapons are the issue. people will blame Gabbert, but it’s also on the playmakers.

  7. If the Jacksonville brass wants to get the fan base excited they need to target the “other” Gruden. If they rather wade in a pool of mediocrity, then hire one of the above.

  8. That team needs a qb and offensive coordinator that will throw the ball farther than 5-10 yards….they have one of the yawnfest offenses of all time! !!

  9. Mularky does look good this year at all, Gruden has to little exp in the nfl to be considered for a head coach. The best fit here is Carmichael from N.O or philbin from GB, and bring Clements with him.

  10. By the looks of it, it’s going to take a miracle to develop Gabbert. I just watched the MNF game and he looks horrible. It may be the receivers but every throw hes made to a receiver on the move wasn’t even close. I really hope Gruden doesn’t take the job. With this being his first year in the league if he does take over the Jags and fails he will find it even harder to get back. You can only do so much with average talent.

  11. I would like to point out it a fellow who know football can become a great coach good with young QB great on the D-side a all around great football mind.

  12. I live in Atlanta, take Mularkey, please I beg you!

    If that happens I would hope Arthur Blank would go after a most likely freshly fired Norv Turner to run the offense.

  13. You can make Gruden Emperor of the World, Queen of the May, or the Pope … I don’t care what you make him just PLEASE … GOD … get him out of the Monday Night broadcast booth. Worst of ALL time.

  14. Good grief, Mike Sherman? Seriously? Guy just got fired from Texas A&M! Who in their right mind thinks he’d be a viable option as an NFL head coach again? He was an awful GM and a mediocre head coach in the NFL and college. Don’t let his 3 straight NFC North titles in the early 2000’s fool you. Packers took advantage of a bad division a lot of those years and never got past the divisional round. His 2-4 playoff record speaks for itself.

    He’d be fine as a position coach, but he should never touch another NFL head coaching job again.

  15. People, LA will get the CHARGERS. The Jags lease is rock solid. They are going nowhere. Kinda like their offense. No ‘up and coming’ coaches. We can’t afford to take talent like we have and give a newbie a chance. I’d be ok with Jeff Fisher, Andy Reid (if he becomes available) or a big name. No college guys. Someone with a proven offensive record. Ugh, they’re gonna blow this decision, I can feel it!

  16. Boy, Fisher’s name sure doesn’t seem to come up as much as you think it would. And even when it does it seems like he’s the third or fourth guy mentioned. I wonder why?

    @ freewayjim –

    Wasn’t Mularkey considered very innovative with some fun & effective trick plays years ago? I realize he wasn’t a very good head coach but I thought he was supposed to be a pretty good offensive coordinator. No??

  17. Hey zoxitic,

    I know you haven’t commented yet but i’ve noticed you troll on numerous Texans posts. A couple of questions for you, how do you feel about Mike Mularkey as head coach? I ask that because, well, Wade Phillips held the Falcons offense to 10 pts. By the way, they have a multitude of weapons on offense, most notably a QB who isn’t Blaine Gabbert. That has to count for something. By the way, will you still root for the Jaguars when they move to LA? I’ve noticed you bash Houston for losing an NFL franchise. However, you fail to realize when the Jags leave, Jacksonville is never getting another NFL team again, period. Anyways, I’m going to really enjoy this AFC South championship(something the Jags have never done), no matter how many times you try to rationalize it. Best of luck!

  18. A few comments on all of the coaches mentioned. Gruden makes sense because his brother is important part of a media giant so I will get points by saying this. Oh and what QB has he developed, Dalton don’t count, not even a year don’t equal develop. Mularky, anyone who has had Malarky ( Buffalo, Miami, Atlanta) knows his magic wears out. If you want to know what hand MJD would throw a pass with Mike is your guy. Mike Sherman Ok I’ll give you this one, so you are 1-3. I say Jacksonville goes cheap and promotes from within, You heard it here 1st.

  19. Hey Judge41,

    “gruden can “develop young quarterbacks”???

    like shaun king?

    or maybe jeff garcia, rich gannon, and brad johnson, veteran journeymen who did well on his teams?”

    Jay Gruden is Jon’s brother and the offensive coordinator for Cincinnati and he happens to be developing a young QB named Andy Dalton. However, in addition to the reading mistake (which might be forgivable considering I often skim this site as opposed to reading it as well) you also blame Jon Gruden for not developing Shaun King who was playing in Tampa Bay when Tony Dungy was coaching there. You should be banned from posting on here for double missing on that comment. You suck.

    And Mike Sherman deserves another chance. He was 57-39 in Green Bay and had 4 straight double digit winning seasons. He has a little Schottenheimer in him as far as his playoff record goes but I would take him rebuilding a team. Jacksonville, the Sugar Bear is your man.

    Go Pack Go

  20. judge41 says: Dec 5, 2011 11:15 PM

    gruden can “develop young quarterbacks”???

    like shaun king?

    or maybe jeff garcia, rich gannon, and brad johnson, veteran journeymen who did well on his teams


    Reading > you…. wrong Gruden

  21. Mike Sherman, really? The other 2 offensive coordinators make some sense but Sherman cant even coach an effective college team. NFW!

  22. freewayjim beat me to it. came here to say the same thing but hey it might not be such a bad idea. Biggest reason hes done so bad this year is he is trying to radically change the offensive scheme when its built for something else. thats whats lead to all the talk about how the falcons cant seem to figure out what their identity is… everyone knows what it is except mularkey. thats why it goes better when Matt starts callin the plays. Now look at the Jaguars who seem in dire need of a radical change… Mularkey obviously has the balls to try (though he hasnt figured out when to just say no). So yea if the Jags take him heres to hoping his 1st idea for change works out cause otherwise they might be shopping for another coach before he realizes adjustments are needed.

  23. What else is new in the coaching carousel of the NFL? And I love the way Jay Gruden is suddenly a potential head coach based on the success of Andy Dalton which seems to be coincidental. Remember, Gradkowski was supposed to start because he knew Jay Gruden’s offense inside and out after playing under him for three years in Tampa. Why didn’t that work out for Gruden? And remember that Dalton was the most accurate QB in the draft and accuracy makes any QB look good – even without good coaching.

  24. …oh yeah, it helps that Dalton is throwing to WRs A.J. Green (2011 #4 overall pick) and Jerome Simpson (2010 2nd rounder) and TE Jermaine Gresham (2010 1st rounder).

  25. LA. Tarps. LA. Tarps. LA. Tarps.

    Funny stuff. So many clever posters on this site.

    I like Jay Gruden. Bring him down.

  26. Gee, I wish there was a similar occupation out there for women where we could get paid millions of dollars, do a poor job in front of the entire nation, get fired, and then picked up again by another employer anxious to pay us millions of dollars for the same thing.

    It’s nice work, if you can get it.

  27. If Mike Sherman can work under a strong general manager, he’d make a good coach. He was a good coach in Green Bay. His failure came from poor drafting. X’s & O’s, he’s go it down.

  28. Mike Mularkey, wow… what can I say, um…. hmmmm, oh yeah… while he was in Buffalo, um…
    He was absolutely a terrible coach. Offensive minded with no care on the other side of the ball. Doesn’t his name just say it all? Thats Malarkey!

  29. why would mike sherman be considered someone please tell me i just dont get it. I mean for the love of god there must be 50 or 60 better choices out there.

  30. Coach Slappie says he already has a job as a men’s room attendant and is fully committed to doing the best job he can.

  31. philyeagles5 says:
    Dec 5, 2011 11:10 PM
    “Gruden makes some sense because he’s shown he can develop young quarterbacks.”

    definitely not talking about Jon!!!


    Gruden 1 ring

    Eagles none.

    Sorry Eagle fan, YOU KNEW THAT WAS COMIN.

  32. Sherman did a good job with the Packers before he tried to be a coach and general manager at the same tome. Coach, yes. GM, no.

  33. Not sure why Jay is getting the hate here. Jay is a very good coach and has been for quite sometime. Don’t let the Arena League stuff get in the way. You still have to know football and Jay was probably in the top 2 coaches alltime in the Arena League. What people may not know is that his father is or was a longtime scout. The Grudens know football.

  34. oh yeah, it helps that Dalton is throwing to WRs A.J. Green (2011 #4 overall pick) and Jerome Simpson (2010 2nd rounder) and TE Jermaine Gresham (2010 1st rounder).
    Simpson was a 3rd round pick that Cincy jumped on early. He wasn’t projected to go until the fourth. Jordan Shipley is a second rd pick but is on IR at moment. And it’s Jay Gruden the OC for the Bengals not his brother John the ex-Bucs coach.

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