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Jacksonville Paper Confirms: Mularkey Hired As Head Coach Of Jags

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Mike Mularkey will be the third head coach in Jacksonville Jaguars history, sources told the Times-Union on Tuesday night.

Mularkey, 50, was previously head coach with the Buffalo Bills, and went 9-7 in 2004 and 5-11 in 2005. He interviewed for the job Tuesday.

Mularkey’s Falcons were eliminated from the playoffs on Sunday in a 24-2 loss to the New York Giants. His development of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, who developed quickly, is part of the draw for the Jaguars. Ryan was drafted out of Boston College in 2008 and threw for 3,440 yards in his rookie year and had an 87.7 rating. He threw 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions that season.

In the 2011 season, Ryan threw for 4,177 yards with 29 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He had a rating of 92.2.

The development of Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert will be a prime task for Mularkey and his staff.

Mulkarkey, a Miami native, is familiar with the area, having played for the University of Florida. He played tight end in the NFL for nine seasons (1983-91), six with the Minnesota Vikings and three with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He's been the Falcons' offensive coordinator since a two-year stint as an assistant coach under Nick Saban with the Miami Dolphins. He was scheduled to interview for their head coach opening this week. He was offensive coordinator under Saban in 2006.

Mularkey began his pro coaching career as a tight ends coach for Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh, then became the Steelers offensive coordinator from 2001-03 before going to Buffalo.

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I'm not a Mularkey hater -- I think he's going to surprise some of his critics around here in J'Vile -- but change is good. I'm ready to see what someone else does with this offense.

I agree. I'm not a Mularkey hater either but I believe we reached our ceiling with him as our OC a long time ago. It was time to move on for both us as a team and for him in his career.

Now we just have to hope the front office will bring in someone with a more dynamic game plan to utilize all the weapons we've spent so much time amasing on offense.

Same thing on D.

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I just read the thread title and had to confirm it myself. I immediately switched to NFL NETWORK. It is indeed true for those who want to know.

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Yesssssssssssssss Im sorry but I wanna have that rush go through me when Matt Ryan connects DEEP to one of our weapons for six. All in and out tippy toe ******** has to go. Now we just need to find someone CREATIVE, CONFIDENT, and willing to take risk. We also need someone who will give good pointers to matt ryan and help him evolve because hes still only good now. And as for defensive co. we need a hardass. Someone who is also creative and knows what their doing. I would be very optimistic about Singletary, but the guy has played on a championship defense. Legendary defense at that, he may not have done good in SF, in fact he was basically terrible. But Im sure there has been coordinators in the league that were horrible coaches, but kick *** coordinators. We just need hope. Please give what me, us, and the whole **** team deserves.

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