Another NFL head coach has been fired, 11 days after Black Monday. ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting this morning that the Jacksonville Jaguars have fired head coach Mike Mularkey. The Jaguars will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. EST this afternoon in order to make the announcement official.
The official statement from newly hired general manager David Caldwell, via Schefter on Twitter.
“I informed Mike today that he will not return as head coach of the Jaguars,” Caldwell said. “I know Mike well and do not want anyone to misinterpret the rationale behind my decision. 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.”
“Mike Mularkey is leaving our organization with my utmost respect,” said Shad Khan, owner of the Jaguars. “Mike gave the Jaguars everything he had on and off the field, and his efforts as our head coach will always be appreciated. Mike will land on his feet soon. Until then, I wish nothing but the best for Mike and his family.”
The move comes with little surprise. Jacksonville just hired David Caldwell as the team’s general manager, hiring him from the Atlanta Falcons. It’s rare that a head coach gets fired after just one season, but with a new general manager in place, the team might want to simply move in another direction immediately.
Jacksonville’s offense was rudderless this season. Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne combined under center to produce a 2-14 record and earn the second overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Let the speculation now begin on the next head coach of the Jaguars and whether or not the next head coach will want to bring in Tim Tebow, who is expected to be released by the New York Jets.