Mike Mularkey very much understands the situation. Mularkey, who officially was announced on Wednesday as the Jaguars’ third permanent head coach, said developing quarterback Blaine Gabbert is critical to the franchise, and toward that end, the coming months will be equally important.
Shahid Khan said there were definite traits he wanted in a head coach. One of those factors was the ability to work with and develop young quarterbacks, and in that area, the Jaguars’ owner said late Wednesday he didn’t want to depend on speculation.
Jaguars defensive line coach Joe Cullen will return to Jacksonville's staff next season, according to a source. The Jaguars hired Cullen before the 2010 season and tasked him with fixing a unit that had 14 sacks in 2009. Cullen's return is the second defensive coach known to be returning to Jacksonville from last season's staff. New Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey also retained defensive coordinator Mel Tucker.
When you cut through all the outside noise, most of it skepticism, about the Jaguars’ coaching hire, it comes down to this: The Jaguars did the safe, practical thing in handing the keys to Mike Mularkey. Only time will tell if it was the right thing. But the truth is there wasn’t anybody out there who wanted the job who had as much experience to deliver what the Jaguars so badly need — a consistent leader with the offensive acumen to turn Blaine Gabbert into a productive NFL quarterback.
Mel Kiper hass gone back and reconsidered the grades he gave each NFL team after the 2011 draft, regrading after seeing everyone’s rookie season. A look at his take on the teams of the AFC South: