Jaguars hire Mike Mularkey as head coach | jacksonville.com
It happened swiftly, just as Jaguars owner Shahid Khan said it would. Mike Mularkey will be the fourth head coach in Jacksonville Jaguars history, sources told the Times-Union on Tuesday night. The decision came 40 days after the Jaguars fired Jack Del Rio, who was in his ninth year with the franchise, after a 3-8 start this season.
Almost nine months ago, the Jaguars went against conventional thinking by trading up in the first round of the draft to select quarterback Blaine Gabbert. Now general manager Gene Smith, with the approval of new owner Shahid Khan, is rolling the dice again by hiring Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey as the Jaguars' head coach entrusted with developing Gabbert into a legitimate franchise quarterback.
Whatever it takes, Tyson Alualu said that’s what he’ll do. But when it comes to the knee that has bothered him through much of his first two NFL seasons, Alualu – the No. 10 overall selection in the 2010 NFL Draft – said the thought for now is surgery may not be the necessary option
Mike Mularkey is the new head coach of the Jaguars. Mularkey, the Atlanta Falcons’ offensive coordinator since 2008, previously served as the Buffalo Bills’ head coach from 2004-2005, after which he spent two seasons with the Miami Dolphins before joining Atlanta.
By accepting the Jacksonville Jaguars’ head-coaching job, Mike Mularkley has commited to owner Shahid Khan and general manager Gene Smith. But the real marriage out of the move is between Mularkey and Blaine Gabbert.