The sand has almost cleared the hourglass.
Time is almost up. The only thing left is the end of another season.
And with it comes the realization the Mike Mularkey era in Jacksonville might have run its course. With only one season under his belt in the state he played college in, Mularkey will go down as the coach who did the least with a team that had the least talent in the NFL.
Not something you want to hang your hat on and try to acquire another coaching gig.
While the list may be long to replace Mularkey, team owner Shad Khan has a list already prepared with the idea that Tim Tebow will be a Jaguar in 2013 and both Gene Smith and Mularkey will be gone, hiring the right person is essential for the continuity of this team.
Here are some names we don't want to see dangling around when another hire is made.
He said he was interested in the job when it was open last year. But Billick is not the answer here in Jacksonville.
Yes, he is a Super Bowl-winning coach, but he has been away from the post for some time and has been in the booth on the NFL Network as an analyst.
I like the fact Billick is a fiery type who can win with above-average talent, but his act may wear thin on the organization quickly.
Not a good fit.
This would have disaster written all over it.
Saban is a man who wants to win now. The Jaguars are not ready to do that. And it is conceivable his current quarterback, AJ McCarron, is better than Blaine Gabbert or Chad Henne.
Also, what happens when long hours and constant pressure cause him to think about easier days in Alabama and the time he misses playing golf?
Not a smart move when this would cost Shad Khan mega millions.
Or someone like him.
Mangini, who is a commentator for ESPN, probably would jump at the chance to come to Florida and work magic.
He is not the answer. But I could see this happening because cost-wise, he is a low risk.
Wasn't Mularkey the same way when he was hired and expected to move mountains? If you hire Mangini, I think you get the same results.
This is a hire that would only spell disaster.
The Jaguars hit the jackpot when they hired Tom Coughlin from Boston College when the franchise was awarded to the city. Coughlin was also named general manager, and players were assembled and put into place to build a winner.
Kelly is a name hire who is a hot name right now.
But picking a college coach again would mean this team in starting over—something this fanbase does not want to think of. The success of college coaches in the pro ranks is not that great.
It does not work.
The most hated man in Gainesville would only be 90 miles away in Jacksonville. This would kill the fanbase.
And like Saban, when he got tired of coaching in the pros and maybe felt he needed to "retire," he would walk away from the team and kill the spirit of this franchise.
He is the offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos and rumored to be a candidate before Mularkey was hired here in Jacksonville.
Peyton Manning makes anyone look good.
McCoy is not a known name, and while the offense in Denver is pretty darn good, it is not a good idea to pull the trigger after a season of success.
Remember, McCoy went from Tim Tebow to Peyton Manning and may have to deal with Tebow as part of the Jaguars offense next season.
The offensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers may be on the way out of town after the team lost the last two games.
Haley did not cut it as a head coach in Kansas City and was fired during the season last year.
As a coordinator, he looks more comfortable, but since the Steelers have imploded the last two weeks, it would not be a good choice to make a guy with Florida ties the head coach.
Haley graduated from the University of North Florida in 1991.