As the news broke last night and spilled into this morning, there were a large amount of people in this town panning the pick of Mike Mularkey to become the next head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. All I really have to say is to give the guy a chance before judging him. He was easily the most qualified coach out there. He had the most experience and he has a track record of developing QB talent, most famously Matt Ryan. Up and comers like Rob Chudzinski, and Jay Gruden have only been offensive coordinators for one year on their current teams. The big names like Bill Cowher, John Gruden, and Tony Dungy obviously weren't interested due to their budding broadcasting careers. Finally, the coordinators like Brian Schottenheimer and Tony Sparano have no history of developing QBs.
As you may have suspected, his history of developing QBs is the biggest reason why I support this move. Blaine Gabbert's development is the key to this franchise's future success in Jacksonville and Mularkey seems to be the guy that is most likely to help him develop. He certainly needs to increase his pocket presence and accuracy, even though he didn't have much help (But there will be more articles on that later). However, if Gabbert turns into the QB that Matt Ryan is, this team could be in for a lengthy reign as an AFC powerhouse.
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