The Jacksonville Jaguars have decided to fire General Manager Gene Smith. The fate of Head Coach Mike Mularkey, however, is still up in the air. With two years left on his contract, owner Shahid Khan has decided that Mularkey can stay on at the discretion of the new general manager.
For now only Smith as felt Khan’s wrath.
Mularkey was the head of the team in which they were notoriously injured and outmanned. The worst season in franchise history was most certainly not his fault entirely and was a culmination of a number of factors. Smith was behind most of those, but Mularkey now knows that the team is willing to cut bait when things aren’t working.
Mularkey will have to show the new general manager why he should be retained for 2013 and beyond. The 2012 season is not a body of work that most head coaches would be proud of, so it may come down to Mularkey’s league-wide respect, professionalism, and philosophy that he brings to the table.
But before we can see what happens, it is nice to know that there is at least some continuity.
Mularkey is safe…for now.
- Luke N. Sims
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