Mike Mularkey, as reported by Jaguars.com, has been named the Jacksonville Jaguars new head coach. He is the third head coach in franchise history. This will be his second stint as a head coach in the league. Back in 2004 he was the head coach of the hapless Buffalo Bills for two seasons before being sent packing.
We can only imagine he comes highly recommended from Mike Smith, the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons, after serving as their offensive coordinator since 2008 and making the Falcons constant competitors in the NFC South and Postseason.
Based on his success with Matt Ryan and their deadly group of wide receivers, it would appear that things will look up for the Jaguars, especially if they stay the course and are patient with a growing team. Unlike the Buffalo Bills back in 2004 when Mularkey started 0-4 and finished 9-7 before finishing with an overall head coaching record of 14-18. As Terry O’Brien, contributing writer on Black and Teal, stated almost a month ago, Mularkey will be a good fit with the Jaguars.
Despite an overall losing record as a head coach, it is obvious that Mularkey has matured as a coordinator and has been able to capitalize on the big-playability as the coordinator with the Falcons. His second go-around will undoubtedly be better than the first attempt. With age, he is now fifty, comes new persepectives and greater respect based on what he has done.
Fortunately for us, Mike Mularkey has done a lot.
What do you think he can do with the Jaguars in 2012 and beyond?
- Luke N. Sims