Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

10 Jan 2013

Jaguars Fire Mike Mularkey

He's sure to show up as somebody's offensive coordinator next year, but it basically comes down to "new GM wants his own guys." Moral of the story: No matter how badly you want a head coaching job, maybe it is best not to take one from a GM who is clearly on questionable footing under brand new ownership.

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 10 Jan 2013

15 comments, Last at 11 Jan 2013, 11:26am by Hurt Bones


by My name is my password (not verified) :: Thu, 01/10/2013 - 12:50pm

The Bronco's DC is having a good year. I think the Jags interview him.

by Revenge of the NURBS (not verified) :: Thu, 01/10/2013 - 12:54pm

"I know Mike well and do not want anyone to misinterpret the rationale behind my decision. Mike is an excellent coach and I am sure he will succeed in his next stop in the NFL."

Which is why I fired him without giving him a chance to succeed here. He's just so excellent, I had to let him spread his wings and fly, far away from here, where his terribleness won't hurt us anymore. Oh, did I say that out loud?

by Ryan D. :: Thu, 01/10/2013 - 12:55pm

Translation: "Mike didn't want to run an offense that is going to be forced to start Tim Tebow next season."

by Hurt Bones :: Thu, 01/10/2013 - 5:56pm

It looks like they're won't be Tebow in Jacksonville.

“I can’t imagine a scenario where he’d be a Jacksonville Jaguar,” Caldwell said of Tebow at an introductory press conference, via multiple reports.

by Karl Cuba :: Thu, 01/10/2013 - 3:31pm

The niners' media has been pointing out that Dave Caldwell, the Jags new GM, used to be roommates with the 49ers offensive coordinator, Greg Roman. Could also make for a natural landing site for Alex Smith and create an interesting matchup in London next year when the Jags 'host' the niners at Wembley (I got my tickets today)

Probably doesn't look too good for Gabbert either, but then they didn't look very good anyway.

by Mr Shush :: Thu, 01/10/2013 - 6:45pm

Gabbert gets an even better chance of not having to get pulverised twice a year each by JJ Watt and Robert Mathis. I'd say things are looking up for him.

by Bright Blue Shorts :: Thu, 01/10/2013 - 1:10pm

Are American's familiar with the terms "What's all this malarkey?" ... or is it only familiar on this side of the Atlantic. Seems a rather apt surname!

by Revenge of the NURBS (not verified) :: Thu, 01/10/2013 - 1:44pm

The word malarkey is known in the US, but it's not in common usage. Joe Biden used it during the Vice Presidential debates last year.


by Hurt Bones :: Thu, 01/10/2013 - 3:40pm

Fairly widespread use in America. I grew up hearing it all the time. I would describe it as archaic, which is why a whole of young journalists had to write and remark about it when Biden said it.


by Andrew Potter :: Thu, 01/10/2013 - 1:40pm

I'm curious to know whether this has anything to do with the Jaguars' desire to embrace analytics. I've read a couple of pieces which suggest that Mularkey was reluctant to accept the ideas put forward by their analytics department, which I understand is headed up by the owner's son. Attitude toward analytics may be a trait to watch out for when the new head coach is appointed.

Also, best of luck to Coach Mularkey. That was one of the toughest jobs in the NFL, with very few pieces in place for any kind of success. I hope he gets another opportunity somewhere else.

by Jimmy :: Thu, 01/10/2013 - 2:48pm

So the Jags bring in a guy (or gal, however unlikely) to carry out analytical research on their own roster. Research tells them they stink pretty much all over the roster. Analytics helps them how?

by dbostedo :: Thu, 01/10/2013 - 6:29pm

It might help them figure out who actually needs to be cut versus who they could get some value out of keeping. It may also help them decide who to start and who to sit, and maybe stink a little less?

by Bright Blue Shorts :: Fri, 01/11/2013 - 8:38am

It raises an interesting philosophical question ... how much notice should one take of the analytics dept?

I remember when I first started watching football in the 80s Madden used to talk about running the 2-min drill. One presumes there's a good approach to that, knowing when to stop the clock, when to kick a FG instead of go for the TD immediately if you're down by 10 points or whatever. I assume you can improve that by rote learning and review.

It would seem to me that you'd use the analytics dept to review all the coaching decisions that were made in-game and learn how to make more effective decisions. BUT I'm guessing even a good analytics dept doesn't have enough sample data to tell you what you should do for ever particular situation against specific offenses or defenses.

by MilkmanDanimal :: Fri, 01/11/2013 - 10:48am

Wilbon: "Did Mularkey deserve more than one year in Jacksonville?"

Kornheiser: "NOBODY deserves more than one year in Jacksonville."

Pretty much sums it up at this point.

by Hurt Bones :: Fri, 01/11/2013 - 11:26am

The Daily Prophet headline was "MULARKEY RELEASED FROM AZKABAN"