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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.

Category: NFL

Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 11:12 pm

Can't imagine Mularkey hire a popular one

Now I know why the Charger management kept Norv Turner - unless your getting Cohwer, John Gruden or Jeff Fisher the 2012 coaching class is just poor.

This hire just proves what I'm talking about!  Mularky are you kidding me?  The Atlantic Falcons have been a playoff disappointment under Matt Ryan and the OC. 

Now in Oakland they keep firing coaches who go 8-8 and will probably bring in a Packer coach who might fail or not fail.  Even KC is on the ropes, if Pioli thought there was someone better then Crenel he would have hired him.  And we all know about Romeo's record in Cleveland.

Jay Gruden is not leaving, I'm not sure "Chud" is ready and McCoy who knows.  If I'm the Jacksonville owner I'm recycling Marty Shottenheimer, at least he'd sell tickets.

Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2012 10:59 pm

Can't imagine Mularkey hire a popular one

Judge, please tell your "Brother in Arms" Will Brinson to proofread his articles. Mularkey coached the Bills in 2004 and 2005. Yet, your buddy said to quote "coached 2005 to 2007 and took the Bills to their last playoff appearance." I find it disgraceful that someone is paid to post such inaccurate factual info that would take a few seconds to verify on his wikipedia amongst other sites. Brinson is bushleagued and should not be employed on this site. Junior High and High Schoolers proofread thesis's and site factual sources for pete sakes !

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