Mularkey hired as Jacksonville head coach

Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey chats with the local media. (D. ORLANDO LEDBETTER/AJC)     Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey chats with the local media. (D. ORLANDO LEDBETTER/AJC)

Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey chats with the local media. (D. ORLANDO LEDBETTER/AJC)

UPDATE: The Jacksonville Jaguars have confirmed the hiring of former Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey as their third head coach.

The Florida Times-Union is reporting, through a source, that the Jaquars have hired Mike Mularkey as their new head coach. 

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey is interviewing for the vacant head coach position with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Les Snead, the team’s director of player personnel is interviewing for the general manager’s post in St. Louis, today.

He’s set to interview with Miami later in the week.

Should Mularkey land the Jacksonville or Miami job, he could take a couple of assistant coaches with him. There has been very little turnover from Smith’s original staff. With former defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder’s swift departure to the college ranks, five of the original 16 members have moved on to other jobs.

Mularkey was a candidate last season for head coaching jobs in Cleveland and Denver. He interviewed with Cleveland, but withdrew from the Denver search. Cleveland hired Pat Shurmur and Denver hired John Fox.

Mularkey’s son Patrick is a scouting assistant with the Jaguars. He wants to be a head coach again. He was Buffalo’s head coach in 2004-05 and posted a 14-18 record.

Mularkey and former offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave have been lauded league-wide for their fast development of quarterback Matt Ryan and for turning the Falcons’ offense into one of the league’s better units which has powered the team to a 43-21 record and three trips to the playoffs.

Mularkey is attractive because of his background in coaching power football. Jacksonville also needs someone to develop quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who struggled in his first year in the league. Miami will likely be in the market for a quarterback in the draft.

Mularkey was Miami’s offensive coordinator in 2006 and their tight ends coach in 2007.

Mularkey’s unit was stymied in the 24-2 loss to the New York Giants in the NFC wild-card playoff game on Sunday. The Falcons were 4 of 14 on third downs and 0 for 3 on fourth downs as they were kept out of the end zone.

Jacksonville dismissed Jack Del Rio this season. He was replaced on an interim basis by Mel Tucker. Miami parted ways with Tony Sparano.

After the 2010 season, Mularkey was selected as the coordinator of the year by The Sporting News.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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415 comments Add your comment

Jimmy Crack

January 10th, 2012
12:14 pm

Do a good job on your interview. Really.

ATLien73

January 10th, 2012
12:19 pm

truth

January 10th, 2012
12:23 pm

How is MM a candiate for a HEAD coaching job if he cant manage an offense?

I guess this will put back the Jags 5-10 years if they hire him

Matty Ice is a coach killer

January 10th, 2012
12:24 pm

It doesn’t matter who the OC is as long as Scary Ice is the QB. He’s scared to stand in the pocket, unable to extend plays, and inaccurate on downfield throws. Oh, and all the stupid hand signals and audibles that amount to 3 yard passes or runs up the middle is killing me.

Marcus

January 10th, 2012
12:24 pm

I would suspect most GMs and/or coaches have a short wish list in the event their coordinators or key position coaches move on.

Come draft or before, it will be interesting to see who our coordinators will be and how their styles of play/coaching bears out [in combination with our perceived areas of weakness and TDs own proclivities] to influence our 2nd and 3rd rounds draft choices.

Ed

January 10th, 2012
12:29 pm

Hopefully Mike Mularkey will get the gig in Jacksonville so we can get a new OC that is much more creative.

Matt Ryan

January 10th, 2012
12:30 pm

Hi guys, I’m a coach killer. You can bring in the best OC on the planet and I’m still going slide 5 yards away from the first down marker, throw the ball out of bounds if I hear footsteps, audible for 2 yards passes when we need 8 yards, and avoid throwing deep balls so I don’t throw an interception. I am not who you think I am. Maybe after we get all new coaches and the same results you will understand.

Jeff H.

January 10th, 2012
12:30 pm

If I was Arthur Blank, MM would be out of a job already. I’m still a bit perturbed about the poor play calling on Sunday. Are you kidding me? No offensive points? Seriously? Against a 9-6 team? I need to stop thinking about it.

Joe

January 10th, 2012
12:36 pm

Here’s hoping MM has a excellent interview……I think we all need to send flowers and thank you letters to the front office staff of Jacksonville if he gets the job.

Joe

January 10th, 2012
12:37 pm

I am off to get my anus bleached…

abby normal

January 10th, 2012
12:45 pm

If Mularkey does not get the job in Jax or Miami, he should be dismissed. He cannot take this team to the next level. It would be interesting to see how Mike Martz would do with the same personnel.

Loserville USA

January 10th, 2012
12:45 pm

One one hand he’s a head coaching candidate….on the other Atlanta fans want his head.

Any team that wants this guy after laying a FAT ZERO in the playoffs deserves the 3-13 they’ll be contemplating one year from now.

In either case, he’s gone. Good riddance.

OC: Get Musgrave back. Ryan needs him.

DC: Rahim Morris — perfect fit with Lofton and ‘Spoon.

And draft OLs in every round we have this year. CODE BLUE. See 1976-1978. That’s the solution.

Miked

January 10th, 2012
12:46 pm

Matty ice coach killer and Matt Ryan I was about to dog MM out but you all said everything I was going to say so I don’t have to say anything.

JSS

January 10th, 2012
12:50 pm

Threre is one good thing if Mularkey gets another job; we never have to read another UGABugKiller post on offensive game planning!

Don Waddell

January 10th, 2012
12:52 pm

Hey if MM doesn’t get one of these head jobs I am still looking for someone to coach my imaginary Thrashers squad. I would love to interview him!!!

Blank Stare

January 10th, 2012
12:54 pm

Mike pleaese call Jim Mora Jr. for interviewing tips. He seems to always get a job.

P B Orr

January 10th, 2012
12:55 pm

Let’s take up a collection and pay half his salary. Begone, oh conservative one!

P B Orr

January 10th, 2012
12:56 pm

Todd Haley is available.

P B Orr

January 10th, 2012
1:02 pm

Mike “Greatest Show on Turf” is also available. He’d drool to have these weapons, like Warner, Holt, etc. in St. Louis. He’s got a ring.

waynester

January 10th, 2012
1:04 pm

Yeah, those winning seasons and franchise records are hell on a coaches’ career–what? Smitty won 2 HCOY awards? With THIS guy at QB? Impossible…..

KatyWatts

January 10th, 2012
1:04 pm

You know what f.a.l.c.o.n.s. stands for right?
Fans Always Leaving Counting On Next Season.
Redo the entire coaching staff, that means you Mike Smith, give Ryan one more year, beef up the offensive and defensive lines, trade Abraham, trade Turner. Those positions need younger, fresher talent. And if you are going to give up 5 draft positions for one receiver, Julio Jones, then USE HIM!

Die Hard Falcon

January 10th, 2012
1:06 pm

I don’t think Todd Haley is a fit on this staff. Plus, I believe he’s actually talking to Arizona to go back w/ them. I just hope we get someone that will properly utilize our personnel. Also, someone who can figure out how to screen pass Quizz and use HD.

Gwinnett Fred

January 10th, 2012
1:06 pm

The partial house cleaning needs to start at or near the top.

Your team gets shutout offensively, Mularkey should be gone regardless.

Additionally (and I say this as a Ryan supporter) – the team brass needs to come to a conclusion regarding Ryan. Either he is NOT all that and a bag of chips as they profess, or they need a new QB coach, because he simply doesn’t get it done. The stats are there, but not the points!

I got a bad feeling about next year. We could be losing a lot of the good players via free agency, don’t have a 1st round pick and Turner is another year older on a team that seems to want to be a dominant ground attack. This adds up to 8-8 at best.

JSS

January 10th, 2012
1:12 pm

Someone is still talking Martz? What have you missed about his last 3 stops?

And fire the waterboy too!

January 10th, 2012
1:13 pm

It’s all his fault!

Eric C.

January 10th, 2012
1:14 pm

UGABugKiller, shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Great Falconi

January 10th, 2012
1:15 pm

Good job, DOL. I hope the Jags avoid the comments section and only read your blog post.

Waterboy

January 10th, 2012
1:17 pm

Don’t fire me. I didn’t know the kool-aid was spiked. It was that Jim Jones guy they hired.

moving day

January 10th, 2012
1:18 pm

Auburn will always be manure.

mark

January 10th, 2012
1:20 pm

Dled are Blank, TD and Smith sitting back hoping he gets a job so they do not have to fire him? BVG leaves and the Def did a good job this year, all the big losses in the last two years have been primarily caused by lack of production on offense. I do not see the Jags hiring Mularkey given the performance this weekend, if that is the case will the above 3 step and fire him b/c Matt is not going any where? Or is there a bigger problem with Smith who is a run first guy which quite frankly is not the league any more? And if that is the case what is Coach Smith’s future? I can tell you this forgetting the folks who post on the board, Mr. Blank should understand another year of offense production like this and the Dome will not be selling out.

Supes

January 10th, 2012
1:21 pm

God someone please hire this man away from the Falcons so they DON’T have to FIRE HIM!!! That’s probably what king Arthur is thinking anyways…

Plenty of good options for both O.C and D.C out there…FALCONS need a change in direction & philosophy…we gotta move away from the current scheme and run an offense best suited to fit Matt Ryan strength’s…the quick precise west cost hybrid type, get away from what we’re currently doing and see if we can succeed with it.

check it out

January 10th, 2012
1:24 pm

The new owner in Jax looks like a Mario Bros. ….still can’t compete with BVG’s ’70s porn ’stache.

Charles Dimry

January 10th, 2012
1:25 pm

Joe
January 10th, 2012
12:37 pm
I am off to get my anus bleached

Now that was funny…

hooper

January 10th, 2012
1:25 pm

How many times have we seen an opposing offense convert third and long on a screen pass this year? How many times have we seen an opposing offense convert third and short on a quick slant? This offense is archaic and needs to be flushed. I wish MM the best, but it is time.

Charles Dimry

January 10th, 2012
1:26 pm

Was Mularkey calling LSU’s plays last nite??!! LOL

He’s about as good an OC as DLed is a beat writer!!

Nique

January 10th, 2012
1:30 pm

D-Led

Give us some thoughts on our Offensive & Defensive line coaches. Are they at least in the hot seat? & If so, who are some good candidates/names that we could be hoping to replace them with? Guys who are known for tough, nasty, violent lines who dominate the line of scrimmage as Smith is always talking about, because we don’t have that on either side of the ball.

PMC

January 10th, 2012
1:31 pm

Jim McElwain last night evaluating his players and the oppositions players then constructing a winning game plan that his players executed to perfection.

Is that too much to ask of an NFL Offensive Coordinator?

That scheme last sunday was some of the weakest sauce I’ve ever seen.

Olik

January 10th, 2012
1:31 pm

Until this past week, I put most of the blame on Mularkey. But what I’ve come to think is that the biggest issue right now is that Mike Smith and Dimitroff aren’t on the same page. Mike Smith is coaching without realizing the game has changed over the past five years. “We’re not going to turn the ball over” and “we’re a run-first team” are what’s come out of his mouth this past week, so it’s no surprise at all that we were so lame Sunday.

When your GM spends the better part of two drafts to get explosive with Julio Jones, you better align your team to allow that to happen. Unless Smith gets on board with 2012 NFL Offensive Philosophy, he’s never ever going to win in the playoffs. Doesn’t matter which OC he has if Smith doesn’t allow that OC to get creative.

wanna be a HC

January 10th, 2012
1:34 pm

Falcons, keep your stinkin’ claws off Grantham!

tyger

January 10th, 2012
1:36 pm

Like I said before:

January 18th, 2011
1:06 pm
1. Trade Matt Ryan for Cam Newton.
2. Sign FA DE, FA CB, FA T, FA WR
3. Fire Offensive/Defensive Coordinator
4. Release Anderson, Baker, Coleman
5. Draft TE, RB, WR, LB

LinkReport this comment.dbird1

January 18th, 2011
1:14 pm
@tyger, really? get rid of our pro-bowl qb. go back to the Aints blog

LinkReport this comment.Football Maniac

January 18th, 2011
1:15 pm
Tyger.. What? Go learn some more about football! You are on crack!

LinkReport this comment.Big G

January 18th, 2011
1:17 pm
Lets trade tyger for any one of the 3 STOOGES.

Fan

January 10th, 2012
1:37 pm

I am GLAD BVG is gone so take MM with you Brain. This team has too much talent… We need coaches that cater too our players talent. Really Guys … NO Saints is not great on D but they know how too use what they have on the field too benefit them. Atlanta needs a OC that uses Matt Ryan skills too benefit the Falcons. Matt is a peaceful guy and I know he is hoping MM goes. We need a RB, OL, WR, RS and just a NEW STAFF

wanna be a HC

January 10th, 2012
1:38 pm

What happened to all the LSwho fans?

Lakebum

January 10th, 2012
1:39 pm

MM has to go! While would Blank spend all the money to have a high powered offense and run the same predictable plays that my 16 year old calls before every snap. I would describe him as unimaginative, conservative, and not very creative. When you line up with 4th and inches and an empty backfield, who didn’t know that Ryan was going to try a sneak when he was under center? Really!!!Calling plays for a 3 yard screen pass when you need 8 for a first down? Really!!! I’m tired of watching the Falcons run on first down, run on second down and then pass on third down and long. Really!!!

Matty Ice

January 10th, 2012
1:40 pm

Bah! Take him. You guys think that’s gonna change anything. I’ll show you!! I’m still gonna fall down like I got shot when I try to slide. I’m still gonna roll out to hit Roddy White on a 1 yard gain. I’m still gonna take up the playclock doing sign language and talking about olives cuz I’m scared to actually have to throw the ball. I’m still gonna hand off to Turner on 1st and 2nd downs and then hit Jacquizz on a 4 yard option on 3rd and 9 just so I can get off the field and not embarrass myself. I’ll show you!!

PMC

January 10th, 2012
1:40 pm

Tyger, if you had Cam Newton would you trade him for Matt Ryan and why?

rollo lawson

January 10th, 2012
1:41 pm

After the offense’s performance sunday, how is this guy qualified to be a NFL head coach? The Good Ole Boy system at work once again. Go ahead Jacksonville, continue to further alienate your fan-base. By hiring Mularkey, is this an underhanded way of guaranteeing more empty seats in a move to eventually get to Los Angeles?

state the obvious

January 10th, 2012
1:42 pm

we need players on O-line and defense. Till then it won’t matter the coach.

it all starts with the lines

January 10th, 2012
1:46 pm

so much for the “dirtbags”….bring back the “hogs” and the “sack exchange”

JSS

January 10th, 2012
1:46 pm

@ UGABugKiller…
It will never get as “old” as your pseudo-sociology take from 2006-2007 was…
And you right just how many times? Oh yeah. ZERO!
Wrong about prison…
Wrong about Bankruptcy law…
Wrong about the “life-time ban.”
and Wrong about Matt Ryan being able to carry a team on his talents…
Stick to Twitter…

it all starts with the lines

January 10th, 2012
1:48 pm

Grits Blitz are very ashamed of these Falcons