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Jacksonville Jaguars Hire Mike Mularkey as Head Coach

January 10th, 2012 at 11:08 PM
By Brendan Sonnone

The Jacksonville Jaguars' head coaching search is over. Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey will be hired as the Jaguars' third ever head coach, according to Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union. 

The news broke late Tuesday evening that Mularkey, who was the Buffalo Bills head coach in 2004 and 2005, would be the long-term replacement to Jack Del Rio, who was fired mid season. Defensive coordinator was the team's interim head coach to finish off the disappointing 5-11 campaign. 

Mularkey has ties to the Jacksonville Jaguars, as he worked under Mike Smith at Atlanta. Smith was the Jaguars' defensive coordinator under Del Rio and likely had positive reviews to give Gene Smith, who worked with Mike Smith at one point. 

The Jaguars needed an experienced coach who could manage a young quarterback and Malarkey fits the bill. Although the Falcons were trounced 24-2 in the Wild Card round against the New York Giants, Mularkey has proven to be proficient at developing youngsters, especially quarterbacks.

He turned Matt Ryan into a legit NFL player right out of the college and the Jaguars' brass is hoping Mularkey can do the same with Blaine Gabbert, who struggled as a rookie. 

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Football, Gene Smith, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Jaguars, Matt Ryan, Mike Mularkey, NFL

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