After a 2-14 season in Jacksonville, new Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell said. Caldwell and Jaguars owner Shad Kahn have a press conference scheduled for later today to discuss the firing. Caldwell is familiar with the former coach having. worked with Mularkey when both were with the Falcons.
“I informed Mike today that he will not return as head coach of the Jaguars,” Caldwell said in a statement via ESPN.”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.”
ESPN continues to cite several league sources when they mention Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman as two possible candidates for the job.
It’s hard to believe that this will be a desirable coaching position and might be an opportunity for an up and comer. Roman might be considered the favorite given his familiarity with Caldwell, the two were college roommates.
“Mike Mularkey is leaving our organization with my utmost respect,” Khan said in the statement. “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.”