The reeling Jacksonville Jaguars have fired head coach Mike Mularkey after his first season with the team.
Jaguars General Manager David Caldwell dismissed Mike Mularkey as head coach of the Jaguars today. #Jaguars— Jacksonville Jaguars (@jaguars) January 10, 2013
Although Mularkey's firing comes not long after he was hired, it is hardly a surprise.
Jacksonville finished with a 2-14 record (tied for worst in the league) and in last place in the AFC South division this season. The Jaguars also had one of the NFL's worst scoring differentials. They haven't had a winning season since 2007 under Jack Del Rio.
Jacksonville ranked toward the bottom in almost every statistical category under Mularkey, including scoring offense, scoring defense, total yards and total yards allowed.
Was firing Mike Mularkey the right move?
The season was full of letdowns and heartbreak, though. Jacksonville dropped three games in overtime and lost star running back Maurice Jones-Drew for much of the year because of a midseason foot injury.
Mularkey has been a head coach for three NFL seasons and his track record is unimpressive. He coached the Buffalo Bills in 2004 and 2005, finishing 9-7 in his first year and 5-11 in the second. Clearly, his opportunity with Jacksonville didn't go as planned.
It's safe to say that Mularkey's most recent showing in North Florida won't be elevating his name on any other coach-less NFL teams' lists this offseason. But to be fair, he had very little to work with in Jacksonville, and he was only given 16 games to turn the team around.
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