The move came as no surprise after the Jaguars hired new General Manager Dave Caldwell, who was expected to clean house and bring in his own guys for next season despite Mularkey still having two years left on his contract. According to the USA Today, Caldwell felt this was the right move for the betterment of the team.
“Mike is an excellent coach and I am sure he will succeed in his next stop in the NFL. However, I must do what I believe is best for the Jacksonville Jaguars and immediately explore every avenue possible to turn our football team around.
“For that to happen as seamlessly as we want, and as quickly as our fans deserve, I feel it is in everyone’s best interests for an immediate and clean restart.”
Mularkey was dealt a bad hand for his first and only year in Jacksonville as the team wasn’t very talented to begin with and the team ended the year with 22 players in the injured reserve — including starting quarterback Blane Gabbart and star running back Maurice Jones-Drew.
Gabbart was in and out of the lineup for the Jaguars all season with Chad Henne taking over the play calling duties while he was out. Henne threw for more yards and touchdowns in fewer games, but also threw more interceptions in those games.
Jones-Drew went down early in the first quarter in a Week 7 loss to the Oakland Raiders with a foot and did not return for the rest of the season.
There is already speculation about the Jaguars bringing in the San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman to become the next head coach. Roman was Caldwell’s college roommate and is responsible for the offense that turned Alex Smith into a decent quarterback and gave Colin Kaepernick his start.