Mike Mularkey: Former Falcons OC an Intriguing Head Coach for Jaguars

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJanuary 10, 2012

The Jacksonville Jaguars averaged 15.2 points per game this season.

On Tuesday, they did something about it, hiring Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey as head coach.

Jaguars fans should be thrilled about the hire of Mularkey. For one, he's largely credited with developing emerging star quarterback Matt Ryan. The Falcons have also been an explosive offense under his guidance in the last two years.

For young quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who struggled throughout this season, Mularkey is going to be a great mentor. The Jaguars obviously have to give Gabbert some weapons, but his development as a quarterback should improve under Mularkey's guidance.

There are questions about how Mularkey will perform as a head coach. He was the head coach of the Buffalo Bills for two seasons from 2004 to 2005, with mixed results.

In his first year with the Bills, he led them to a 9-7 record, complete with a six-game winning streak, as they went on to be ranked seventh in total offense.

However, in his second year, the Bills went 5-11 behind a quarterback controversy sporting J.P. Losman and Kelly Holcomb. Mularkey resigned shortly thereafter, citing a disagreement in the direction of the organization.

But it's also hard to blame Mularkey for that season. After all, Losman and Holcomb weren't exactly star quarterbacks. It was also earlier in his career and he appears to have grown as a coach since.

The fact of the matter is, Mularkey is an offensive-minded coach who has had a lot of success building the Falcons' attack throughout the year. In that respect, he appears to be a great fit for the Jaguars, who are desperate for an offensive makeover.

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