My high school coach was a prototypical old football coach," Oregon coach Chip Kelly said during a packed coaching clinic lecture in 2009. His coach at Manchester Central High School in New Hampshire was Bob Leonard, and he was definitely old-school. "We ran an unbalanced, two–tight end, power-I formation," Kelly said. "We averaged five passes a game." When Kelly joined Leonard's staff after he finished college, he tried bringing with him a few of the principles he'd learned while at New Hampshire. "I told him that in college we split players [out wide] and threw the ball to them. He thought that was a bunch of college bull."
This is not the first time Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey has worked with a second-year quarterback drafted in the first round. In his second year as Buffalo’s coach in 2005, the Bills decided Drew Bledsoe was no longer the answer and went with J.P. Losman, the quarterback the Bills took with the 22nd pick on the first round of the 2004 draft. Losman, who saw limited action as a rookie after breaking his leg, struggled and was benched in the fifth game of the 2005 season for Kelly Holcomb. After Holcomb suffered a head injury in the 10th game, Losman came in and threw two touchdown passes to beat the Chiefs, 14-3.
Paul Poslusnzy said the reality is simple. It’s that reality that Head Coach Mike Mularkey discussed Wednesday as the Jaguars gathered to begin preparing for the final seven games of what thus far has been a difficult season. No, 1-8 is not what the Jaguars wanted. And yes, the playoffs are all but eliminated as a possibility. But that, Posluszny said on Wednesday, is the past. The Jaguars’ middle linebacker said the past can’t be controlled, and it can’t be changed, and he said that’s why Mularkey’s message resonated on Wednesday.
Mike Mularkey’s not buying in to the whole road theory. Although the Jaguars by any measure have played better on the road than at home this season, Mularkey – in his first season as the Jaguars’ head coach – said in no way is the team trying to "run and go somewhere else" than EverBank Field. "I like being at home – I do," Mularkey said Wednesday as the Jaguars (1-8) prepared to play the Houston Texans (8-1) at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, Sunday at 1 p.m.