Mike Mularkey is one and done as the Jacksonville Jaguars head coach.
This makes eight total head coaches fired since the NFL regular season ended almost two weeks ago. With how quickly the first seven firings were announced Mularkey’s pink slip might come as a surprise to many.
The reality of the situation is that the Jacksonville Jaguars have a new general manager, and new general managers usually like to bring in their own people.
Reuters reports that Jaguars new general manager David Caldwell informed Mularkey of his decision today. Caldwell has since released a statement about the firing:
“I know Mike well and do not want anyone to misinterpret the rationale behind my decision. Mike is an excellent coach and I am sure he will succeed in his next stop in the NFL. However, I must do what I believe is best for the Jacksonville Jaguars and immediately explore every avenue possible to turn our football team around.”
In one season as the Jaguars head coach he led the team to an NFL worst 2-14 record. The Kansas City Chiefs, who fired Romeo Crennel, were the only other team to finish 2-14.
This was not Mularkey’s first go around as a head coach in the NFL. In 2004 he became the head coach of the Buffalo Bills and led them to a 9-7 record after an 0-4 start. Amidst a quarterback controversy and defensive personnel problems the Bills went 5-11 in his second seasons and he was fired.
Mularkey was the Falcons offensive coordinator before being hired by the Jaguars.
Here is a video about Mularkey’s firing:
Do you think Mularkey will find another head coaching job in the NFL?