According to multiple sources, including Adam Schefter, new general manager David Caldwell is likely to fire head coach Mike Mularkey and put in his own guy to start off his tenure as the Jags GM.
Despite the fact that Mularkey was not put in a position to win in Jacksonville, this is the correct path to choose for Caldwell.
History shows that new general managers that take over a team with the previous head coach, not only fail with them, but look forward to putting in their own guy. Someone they trust, and agree with when it comes to personnel and coaching decisions.
Caldwell is currently sitting at the top of an organization that is in dire need of clearing out the weeds now, and beginning the building of a winning franchise. With nothing but stellar reviews, the consensus is that Caldwell is a guy with a vision and plan to turn around after a franchise-worst 2-14 season.
The obvious thought once hired was that Mularkey and Caldwell had ties in Atlanta, but that doesn't mean much of anything at this point. Just because two employees worked for the same team, doesn't mean they got along, nor agreed with the decisions that were made by one another. Not saying they weren't friendly with each other, but Caldwell's ties to Greg Roman would seem a bit stronger.
Roman and Caldwell were roommates during their time spent together at John Carroll University. Roman is an up-and-coming offensive coordinator in San Francisco. Without much interest from other team's in their search for a head coach, it is hard to determine Roman's capabilities as a head coach, but if he has the respect of Caldwell as well as the understanding of how this team can turn around, then he may very well be the next head coach of the Jaguars.
Speculation thus far if Mularkey is ousted in Jacksonville, there is no evidence of anybody being a top candidate for the Jags. Other available choices would include currently sought after Lovie Smith, Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, and Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden. Please do not think that Jon Gruden, Bill Cowher, or Chip Kelly are candidates here.
Caldwell brings a young, energized general manager to the Jaguars that is already exciting the fanbase. With two of the top 33 picks in the 2013 NFL Draft, he will have plenty of spending cash as well as opportunity to bring in what is sure to be his defining draft. Quarterback in a huge issue, and Caldwell can go in any direction. Whether that means bringing in a veteran, a rookie, or keeping who he has.
Despite a 2-14 year, it is safe to say that this is going to be a hectic, but fun offseason for the fans of Jacksonville. Huge decisions are looming when it comes to which coaches to keep or hire, and which players to re-sign, go after, and draft.
Caldwell is in the driver's seat, lets see what he can do.
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