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.
Can't imagine Mularkey hire a popular one
Posted on: January 10, 2012 10:39 pm