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Jaguars have a new head coach. Was just announced by the Florida Times-Union that Mike Mularkey will take the head coaching job in Jacksonville. Here’s the story, so far:

Jaguars hire Mike Mularkey as head coach

Posted: January 10, 2012 – 9:56pm  |  Updated: January 10, 2012 – 10:05pm

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. 

Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jacksonville.com/sports/football/jaguars/2012-01-10/story/jaguars-hire-mike-mularkey-head-coach#ixzz1j7HEuB7Z

I don’t see Shahid Khan, the new owner, as skimping, or doing anything not in the best interest of WINNING. The Jaguar fans I know aren’t exactly thrilled with the hire. Mularkey must’ve been pretty impressive in the interview…Mularkey’s kid is on the Jaguars scouting staff…I insist on being hopeful… Go Jaguars!

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