When I first heard that the Jaguars hired Mike Mularkey I was disappointed to say the least. I felt like the OC of the Jets and Mularkey both would be bad picks as a head coach. This is of course not knowing anything about him except for what I had read. Like many fans I wanted to at least know that the Jaguars were interviewing some bigger name coaches than what had been released. If those were the choices I felt that Mel Tucker should be the next Jaguars head coach. While I still think Tucker should of been the man, Mike Mularkey has grown on me.
Mularkey has grown on me partly after hearing his press conference and mostly after hearing that Mel Tucker would stay as defensive coordinator. I think it puts Mularkey in a potential weird spot having Tucker, who was the interim head coach, still on the staff and what about Mel Tucker who was passed over for Mularkey. Now not only did he not get the job but he has to step down and go back to his old position as defensive coordinator. I say all of this to say hats off to those two guys for putting what could be uncomfortable situation aside and doing what’s best for the team.
Time will tell if this was the right move by the Jaguars. One thing is sure, Mr. Khan has the future of Blaine Gabbert, Mike Mularkey, and Gene Smith all tied up together. Mularkey’s contract expires the same time as Gene Smith’s. If Gabbert does well both of those guys will probably be around, however if he continues to struggle then in three years it could be time to clean house again.