The Jacksonville Jaguars won’t wait to be able to interview coaches from the playoff teams still playing this weekend, since they feel that they’ve found their man in new head coach Mike Mularkey.
From a positive perspective, Mularkey is an offensive-minded coach who has ties to the organization and will bring a new scheme, playbook, and philosophy to a woeful offense.
The problem is that Mularkey just simply hasn’t been that good, in my opinion. He was the Atlanta offensive coordinator. The same Atlanta Falcons offense that just accounted for a grand total of 0 points in a playoff game against the Giants D which hadn’t had a shutout all year and finished 23rd in points allowed per game. Most Falcons blogs had been calling for his firing as offensive coordinator (like this one) and it was greeted with glee here on the fansided network over at Blogging Dirty. He had elite talent at WR with Roddy White and Julio Jones, a hall of fame TE-Tony Gonzalez, and a solid young QB in Matt Ryan. He couldn’t get them in sync and headed the right way, especially when it mattered most.
He didn’t have much more success in his only head coaching experience previously in Buffalo where his record in 2 years was 14-18. The offense there wasn’t anything special either…
There’s a chance this is a good hire, and if Mularkey can step in and improve this team to challenge for the playoffs, he’ll have done an incredible job. I do not see that happening though. In my mind the far more likely scenario is that GM Gene Smith got to pick his guy to coach his QB that he traded up to pick (Blaine Gabbert). I think Smith and Mularkey have a year to get things turned around. If they fail, I think the newly-minted Jags owner Shahid Khan (the guy with the ‘best stache in the league) cleans house ans Mularkey and Smith are both done. With the weapons (or lack thereof) in Jacksonville, I see this ending badly for them.
Fantasy Football-wise, unless something dramatic changes the only Jaguar you want to even consider drafting to start is Maurice Jones-Drew. He showed he can still be good and put up points on one of the worst offensive teams in the league. He’ll hold his value, but the rest of the offense I’m not buying at all.