As reported by AP, the Jacksonville Jaguars’ assistants have been given permission from owner Shahid Khan to pursue other jobs. While the coaching staff has been in limbo following the firing of general manager Gene Smith, this looks like a move that indicates things may start to be shaking up even more in Jacksonville.
The AP reports that the person who spoke about the situation spoke on a condition of anonymity because the process, as with much of the GM search, has not been publicly discussed. With a new GM having the ability to dismiss the current coaching staff, it makes sense that those who were brought in by current head coach Mike Mulakey may want to jump ship at this point. Mularkey’s 2-14 season in 2012 is the worst mark for the franchise, ever. Mularkey’s assistants are on contract through 2013, so the ability to interview and seek other jobs could be a strong indicator that things will not be the same on the sidelines for the Jags in 2013.
For coaches like defensive line coach Joe Cullen, defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, linebacking coach Mark Duffner, and offensive line coach Andy Heck, this will be yet another season of uncertainty. For some, like Tucker, who have been reported to be of interest to other teams, this could be a good thing. For others, this could indicate the beginning of an even bigger period of limbo if Mularkey is relieved of head coaching duties by the new GM. It is speculated that if Atlanta’s David Caldwell gets the GM job, he will bring San Francisco offensive coordinator Greg Roman with him to be the head coach for the Jaguars. If that is the case then the Jaguars’ assistants should start interviewing as soon as possible.
- Luke N. Sims
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