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Why Mularkey for Jaguars?

Posted on: January 10, 2012 10:46 pm
Edited on: January 10, 2012 10:48 pm

There was chatter going around the NFL the past couple of days that the Atlanta Falcons were considering firing offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey.

Now he's the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

I don’t get it.

What is the attraction? What's the selling point?

Was it his stint as a head coach of the Buffalo Bills, where his record was a sterling 14-18?

Or was it seeing six of the 10 offenses he's led in the past decade as coordinator or head coach finish 10th or lower in points, including four at 15 or lower?

Or was it the two points the Falcons scored in Sunday's NFC playoff loss to the New York Giants, those coming on a safety, meaning his offense was shut out?

I do know that Jaguars general manager Gene Smith was fond of Mularkey. And Mularkey must have wowed new owner Shahid Khan in the interview. One other selling point could be that Mularkey is willing to keep on defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, who was the team's interim coach. Smith is also high on Tucker.

"I don’t get it," one league coach said. "He quit at Buffalo and he quit on the Dolphins because he didn't like Nick Saban. What's the attraction?"

Mularkey, a former college tight end at Florida, did have early success as a coordinator in Pittsburgh when the Steelers finished second in points scored in his first season running the offense in 2001. But the highest ranking since was fourth by the Falcons in 2010.

Khan has said the league is a passing league and that the Jaguars need to move to being one of those teams, especially with quarterback Blaine Gabbert. In Mularkey's 10 seasons running an offense, his teams have been in the top-10 in rushing attempts five times.

In Atlanta, he was considered too conservative for the talent he had on offense.  Several times players privately wished that the offense were more open. The Falcons were a more up-tempo offense when Matt Ryan called the plays at the line of scrimmage and they had more success.

The word "predictable" was one that was heard when the Atlanta offense was mentioned.

It's a risky move for the Jaguars for sure. One bit of advice for Gabbert: Practice those rollouts. You now will be running plenty of them.


Since: Feb 23, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:32 am

Why Mularkey for Jaguars?

Why Mularkey?? As a Falcons fan, my answer is "WHO THE HELL CARES!!!" Adios Mularkey. Gone are the days of running dive plays on first and second down and then Matty running for his life on third down!! But a new OC is just the start. We need a physically stronger Offensive Line. Technique can be coached. Larry Allen was dumb as rocks but he was "sasquatch" strong and was phenomenal at his position. Come on Dimitroff, get an OC with some imagination, get a O-Line coach that can teach technique and get the physically strongest lineman you can find. Protect Matt Ryan the way the other top QBs in the league get protected and the Falcons will reward the long suffering fans with more success!!

Since: Oct 9, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:26 am

Why Mularkey for Jaguars?

man u duval clowns act like your goin to make some noise?? your still the same washed up bums the rest of the nfl & it's fans already know? i mean bring in a coach with a real back ground no some former oc? w/e not my team & when the jags come in last again i will be forever greatful! the afc south will be the same indy will rebound, houston will be better & tenn will always be one over the jags! man just move your team out of  jacksonville aka south ga & start over!  no real coach, no real wr, no qb just a rb & kicker & a few good deff players. & to make it worst mel tucker could leave & if that happens then your d will be the way it should be ranked last in the nfl!

Since: Nov 11, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:08 am

Why Mularkey for Jaguars?

The Texans and the rest of the South division like the pick.

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2012 8:28 am

Why Mularkey for Jaguars?

It is Gene Smith that should be fired, and the Jags should be looking for a replacement for him.  His drafts and free agents signings are terrible.  Who was the Jags last first round draft pick to actually make an impact?  Exactly! 

Since: Apr 13, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2012 8:14 am

Why Mularkey for Jaguars?

'It can fairly be argued that what Mularkey's offense in Atlanta lacked was a QB to whom the keys can be turned over'

I'm not among the camp that counts Matt Ryan as truly elite (& I think he's far closer to the modern day Phil Simms than Dan Fouts or Dan Marino), but he is far, far from a liability.  This seems like a particularly specious (& somewhat silly) argument.    

Since: Nov 21, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2012 8:01 am

Why Mularkey for Jaguars?

As a Falcon fan, this day couldn't come soon enough!! Most predictable offense in the league and refused to adapt to the talent of the offense. Good riddance!

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2012 1:40 am

Why Mularkey for Jaguars?

" If you're going to jump the gun before the playoffs are over on a guy, it should be someone like a Jeff Fisher or a Bill Cowher, etc. "  --jds828

Jeff Fisher's got better choices. Cowher's eventual return would be a mistake, because he's already like Parcells was in Miami, dried out. Bill quickly realized that he just wasn't interested ENOUGH anymore in what really is only a game. These guys succeed in a crushingly competitive profession by being the guys who will put in the extra effort and the extra time, as well as being among the most talented. The players get to sleep 10-12 hours a day a good chunk of the year. These guys don't allow themselves to do that even on the morning after they hoist Lombardi.

Young and HONGRY! That's the ticket to Canton for a coach. A player can get there and not run up that hill with Sweetness. A coach cannot stop.

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2012 1:28 am

Why Mularkey for Jaguars?

In defense of the new managing triumvirate at Jacksonville, this might work. It can fairly be argued that what Mularkey's offense in Atlanta lacked was a QB to whom the keys can be turned over. It's not as if he's proven otherwise come playoff time. If Shahid Kahn really wants and is willing to go and get a bona fide franchise guy, then there's a very good chance that he can do so i the near term. Plan A: call Irsay's bluff and pay up for Luck. Plan B: trade up for the Rams pick and draft RG3. Plan B1: stay where you are and draft Josh Weedon. Plan D: Suck for Barkley.

Since: Mar 14, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2012 1:01 am

Why Mularkey for Jaguars?

Any word on his staff? 

Something like,  

HC: Mularkey
OC: Tom Clements?
DC: Mel Tucker

Works for me. 

Since: Jan 11, 2012
Posted on: January 11, 2012 12:56 am

Why Mularkey for Jaguars?

Jags fan who has to agree with Prisco on this one. Mularkey hasn't done anything. He's coming off a 2-point playoff loss. His players weren't a big fan of him, and I don't know why things will be any different in Jacksonville. He had Matt Ryan, Michael Turner, Roddy White, Julio Jones, etc. at his disposal and still couldn't produce as an OC. What's he going to be able to do with Cecil Shorts and Brian Robiskie at WR? I just think the Jags jumped the gun, there's still coaches being fired, and a lot of coaching talent still in the playoffs who could be looked at and interviewed following the playoffs, not to mention whose out there now, a lot better options than Mularkey. I'm also going to guess Mularkey still would have been aroud 2 months from now if the Jags couldn't find someone else. If you're going to jump the gun before the playoffs are over on a guy, it should be someone like a Jeff Fisher or a Bill Cowher, etc.

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