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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: Mar 14, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2012 12:47 am

Why Mularkey for Jaguars?

Have fun with Koetter over there. I'll scan over the Falcons board sometime next year and I'll be happy when I see threads with "I miss MM" when you have Dirk showcasing that "elite" Matt Ryan. When I say elite I mean nowhere near elite rather lower tier. 

Since: Nov 1, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2012 12:43 am

Why Mularkey for Jaguars?

Atlanta will be able to advance in the playoffs now that Mularkey is gone!!!  Good Luck Jags!  Sorry, no real depth to my post.  If you can't say something nice don't say it. 

Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2012 12:30 am

Why Mularkey for Jaguars?

Prisco has a job writing these articles for CBS for 3 reasons:

1) He keeps fan interest (not his fans, NFL fans) in perspective with these ridiculous articles,
2) There's something about a guy always seeing the glass half full that attracts, again, NFL fans (not his, if he has any) to commenting, and 
3) Somebody's gotta do it.

He doesn't get it, and he never will.  Mularkey did not fail the Falcons. Mike Smith did, Matt Ryan did, and so did a number of their players.

a) Mike Smith had no reason to go on 4th and 1 over and over again in the wrong situations (4th and 1 at his own 29 in an overtime game vs. the Saints? C'mon, man!)
b) Matt Ryan not once, not twice, but 3 times on 4th and 1 this year on sneaks where he looked like he was in an excuse me fellas, can I get through mode? Really?
c) An O-Line that actually calls itself an o-Line? again, c'mon, man, what kind of feeble attempt at a push to get your QB a yard on a sneak?

Get real Prisco. If you can do a better job than Mularkey go ahead and do it. But please spare us the negativity.  

Since: Nov 5, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2012 12:23 am

Why Mularkey for Jaguars?

If for nothing else, I lile the hire just because it tweeks you Prisco! What a shocker, your good bud Gene Smith went against your advice. Remeber little man Pete Prisco, you'll always be a mental & physical midget!

Since: Mar 14, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2012 12:01 am

Why Mularkey for Jaguars?

Good Hire. 

I'm sure there we'll be the comments coming in from Falcon and other teams fans saying how the jagaurs love mediocrity, but this is good move as long as he brings in a Good OC and keeps Mel Tucker. 

Well Done Gene. Now go get V-Jack and Justin Blackmon.  

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 11:47 pm

Why Mularkey for Jaguars?

OK Pete, you don't like the move....   I guess this Coach will be getting the Tebow treatment for the next few years until you TJM folks run him out of town....  Give him a chance.

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