Presumably What The Jaguars Big Board Looked Like. Suck It Billick.

Cutting Through The Mularkey: How We Ended Up With Our New Coach

Editor’s Note:  This is another post from Black and Teal’s latest writer, Daniel Lago.

It’s been a long, strange journey with appearances by Rob Chudzinski, Brian Schottenheimer, Mel Tucker and heck, we even got stood up by Bill O’Brien.

Extracurricular Activities at Penn State. Good Luck Bill! Source: Foxnews.com

So how did we end up with Mike Mularkey? Find out after the jump.

Love him or hate him, Gene Smith has a concrete draft philosophy: best available player (BAP). So why should we think his approach to hiring a head coach would be any different? Again, not all Jaguar fans are Gene Smith fans. But there’s a reason Gene Smith is respected among NFL circles: he does his homework, researches as much as possible to make the best choice, and he doesn’t hesitate to make that decision.

So why the analogy to the draft? Because when the team decided to fire Jack Del Rio midseason, they effectively gained the “first overall pick”, so to speak, in the coaching search. The Jaguars were the first team to make a move and publicly state their intent to hire a new coach. There’s no doubt that after the announcement Gene started focusing his duties squarely on the coaching search. He likely had some ideas about who to investigate well before Jack Del Rio was let go, but after it became official he assuredly adopted a draft mentality. Gene did his due diligence on each candidate, discussed with Mr. Khan, and created a “Big Board” of all the candidates for the interviews.

Gene already knew the credentials of each candidate going into the interviews – all he really needed to see was how each candidate planned on fitting into Gene’s vision of the team moving forward. When Mularkey met those expectations in the interview there was no need to wait and he pulled the trigger. Gene is a long term thinker and he knows he shouldn’t waste time when the coach he wants is sitting right in front of him.

So what’s the next step in Gene’s diabolical plan? Well, the Jaguars have the second overall pick in the “Assistant Coach” draft (Kansas City beat us to the punch by hiring Romeo Crennel). Not a bad plan.

- Daniel Lago

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  • PennStateBarb

    I can’t believe that you use that photo to characterize Penn State. I’ve been a Jaguars fan for years, especially the Kyle Brady and Paul Posluszny years. They can tell you why O’Brien chose Penn State. Funny you didn’t find the 10,000+ people at a candelight ceremony in sympathy with the victims, the following night and not a block from that overturned van. When things settle, O’Brien will have a stadium filled with 108,000 people and students who probably sat under snow-covered seats, in O’Brienville, for days before the games to get the best seats! And that’s not Mularkey. (And where’s your loyalty. Didn’t Mularkey go to UF?)

  • PennStateBarb

    I can’t believe that you use that photo to characterize Penn State. I’ve been a Jaguars fan for years, especially the Kyle Brady and Paul Posluszny years. They can tell you why O’Brien chose Penn State. Funny you didn’t find the 10,000+ people at a candelight ceremony in sympathy with the victims, the following night and not a block from that overturned van. When things settle, O’Brien will have a stadium filled with 108,000 people and students who probably sat under snow-covered seats, in O’Brienville, for days before the games to get the best seats! And that’s not Mularkey. (And where’s your loyalty. Didn’t Mularkey go to UF?)

  • dlago89

    @PennStateBarb I really don’t intend for my articles to be taken that seriously, I try to inject some sarcasm. Of course I’m aware that a single incident like that doesn’t characterize the entire student body at Penn State. I’m thrilled O’Brien went to Penn State, and I’m actually sorry so many Penn State alum were upset about his hiring. I though he was a fine candidate for the Jags job. I don’t really understand the comment about my loyalty, I’m perfectly content with the Mularkey hiring.

  • PennStateBarb

    @dlago89@PennStateBarb Actually, I think folks were upset before they met him. He won over 90% at the press conference. I knew we couldn’t keep our guys well before the selection and wanted B. O’B. The problem with the sarcasm is that bloggers and some regarded sites carry opinion columns that first said PSU is only about football, then when we hired an NFL coach chewed us out for abandoning our fine academic rep. Sorry to be so serious, but it’s old.

    Sorry, mistook your take on Mularkey.

  • dlago89

    @PennStateBarb@dlago89 No problem, I understand why you would be upset. Believe me, I know how fine Penn State is as an academic institution. Three professors that have taught me were Penn State alum or taught there previously.

    As far as football, good luck to Penn State. Unless UF plays them in a bowl game again, and we win again :)

  • dlago89

    @PennStateBarb I really don’t intend for my articles to be taken that seriously, I try to inject some sarcasm. Of course I’m aware that a single incident like that doesn’t characterize the entire student body at Penn State. I’m thrilled O’Brien went to Penn State, and I’m actually sorry so many Penn State alum were upset about his hiring. I though he was a fine candidate for the Jags job. I don’t really understand the comment about my loyalty, I’m perfectly content with the Mularkey hiring.

  • PennStateBarb

    @dlago89@PennStateBarb Actually, I think folks were upset before they met him. He won over 90% at the press conference. I knew we couldn’t keep our guys well before the selection and wanted B. O’B. The problem with the sarcasm is that bloggers and some regarded sites carry opinion columns that first said PSU is only about football, then when we hired an NFL coach chewed us out for abandoning our fine academic rep. Sorry to be so serious, but it’s old.

    Sorry, mistook your take on Mularkey.

  • dlago89

    @PennStateBarb@dlago89 No problem, I understand why you would be upset. Believe me, I know how fine Penn State is as an academic institution. Three professors that have taught me were Penn State alum or taught there previously.

    As far as football, good luck to Penn State. Unless UF plays them in a bowl game again, and we win again :)