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Can't imagine Mularkey hire a popular one

Posted on: January 10, 2012 10:39 pm
 
I'm not sure how you sell Mike Mularkey to Jacksonville fans. Not now.

Mularkey is the former offensive coordinator for Atlanta who bombed out last weekend with a 24-2 finish vs. the New York Giants in a game where the only points scored by Atlanta were scored by the Giants' offense.

He couldn't convert two fourth-and-1s. He couldn't convert a third-and-1. And he wouldn't throw the ball downfield ... even though he Roddy White and Julio Jones in the lineup. Let's just say it wasn't one of his best afternoons of work.

Bad enough that the Falcons missed one quarterback sneak on fourth-and-1. Mularkey called it again. And he failed.

Nevertheless, that didn't deter the Jaguars, who hired him as their next head coach -- with the proviso that he invigorates the league's 32nd-ranked passing offense. I'd like to know how, based on what just we witnessed.

Clearly, one game does not a season make, but that one game was the Falcons' most important ... and Mularkey flunked the exam.

Jacksonville needs someone to make its young quarterback, Blaine Gabbert, better, and Mularkey's experience with Matt Ryan is a plus there. But Blaine Gabbert is not Matt Ryan. Frankly, based on what I saw this year, I'm not sure what Blaine Gabbert is. He might be the answer; he might not.

The Jags figure that Mularkey will help them find out, and maybe they're right. But are you going to tell me there weren't better options out there?

Jay Gruden? Mike McCoy? Rod Chudzinski? None of them has head-coaching experience, so that almost certainly handicapped them. But all would have made an impact with the Jacksonville fan base that Mularkey won't.






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Since: Sep 29, 2008
Posted on: January 18, 2012 11:12 am
 

Can't imagine Mularkey hire a popular one

What a gabage hire. Has this guy ever done anything? NFL is an old boys network and obviously this clown is in. Too bad for the league...



Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 4:07 pm
 

Can't imagine Mularkey hire a popular one

I always wondered why Atlanta's offense didn't dominate more often than it did.  We'll find out if Mularkey is the reason, but the evidence before and during his Atlanta stay says yes.  And yes again: How DOES Jacksonville sell this?  Worse, if he really IS a good quarterbacks coach, he'll do little of that as a head coach.  So why is he the hire?



Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:49 pm
 

Can't imagine Mularkey hire a popular one

this guy was a crappy head coach in Buffalo so unless something has really changed between then and now I don't expect this to be any different



Since: Aug 22, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2012 7:27 pm
 

Can't imagine Mularkey hire a popular one

This guy is a horrible choice.....Lucky in Pittsburgh....Bad in Buffalo, (ended up quitting) bad in Miami (ended up quitting) Average in Atlanta at best.....Way too predictable formations and play calling. I thought he was holding the talent level back in Atlanta.....Also had the feeling after the Giants game that  Atlanta wanted to get rid of him anyways.....I literally sat,watched and predicted virtually every play, whether it was a run to the right or the to the  left or  a draw or whether it was a pass, in the second half of their playoff game against the Giants.....all very predictable formations and plays throughout the game.....And has Atlanta ever practiced goal line situations or 4th and inches situations in practice....particularity the QB sneak....the 4 wide receiver formation with no back in the backfield on a sneak for a few inches invites the defensive tackles and linebackers to pinch the middle.....And Ryan got the snap and went to the left of his center......with a right handed QB and right handed center their natural strength is to the right......Ryan looked like he had clown shoes on out there during those QB sneaks.....The bottom line is that this is a very bad move by the Jags.....I am sure that they will be on the bottom of this division for the next 3 years.......



Since: Oct 25, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2012 10:20 am
 

Can't imagine Mularkey hire a popular one

As a Falcons fan since 1979 I am honestly ESTATIC about this move. I've been wanting Mularkey gone for the last several years. Vanilla offensive play calling doesn't even begin to describe this guy. All the offensive weapons that Atlanta has and he under utilizes them on a weekly basis. Good luck to you in Jax, Mike, but I'm glad you're there and not here anymore :)



Since: Oct 9, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:32 am
 

Can't imagine Mularkey hire a popular one

jacksonville is a terrible place to meet women as well & they haven't made noise in the nfl since 1999!



Since: Oct 9, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:30 am
 

Can't imagine Mularkey hire a popular one

now that's the best thing i read so far  that makes sence! hell anyone would be a better headcoach than this clown! 



Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2012 8:39 am
 

Can't imagine Mularkey hire a popular one

Jacksonville is a terrible place to live/work.  They get losers like this because losers are the only people who would take the job.



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2012 7:54 am
 

Can't imagine Mularkey hire a popular one

As a head coach, he probably won't have the time to babysit Gabbert anyway, so the idea is for Mularkey to run the show and let the right OC and QB coach take care of those details for him.



Since: Mar 14, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2012 12:21 am
 

Can't imagine Mularkey hire a popular one

I'm sure the hiring will be fine when/if he develops Gabbert into Matt Ryan and the Jaguars go out and get two big name WR's in FA/Draft. Because Hell the Jaguars won't have a problem converting two 4th and 1 situations when they have the best back in the league. 


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