One year certainly isn’t enough time to accurately evaluate an NFL head coach. I understand that. And just as certainly, Mike Mularkey was handed a bad roster with which to work.
That said, Mularkey must go. The Jaguars need to wipe the slate as clean as possible and start over. And as the old saying goes, you can’t fire the entire team. It’s a dilemma coaches have lived with since the beginning of time.
And, for the record, I do have my doubts about Mularkey’s ability as a head coach. I cringe every time he says how close the Jaguars are to being a winning team. No, the Jaguars aren’t close, and if Mularkey truly believes they are then you have to question his ability to judge talent.
The Jaguars are a bad, bad team that deserved its 2-14 record. The fact that the players played hard and never quit only drives home the point of how bad the Jaguars are. The fact Mularkey can’t see that is all I need to wish him well and send him packing.
The decision, of course, rests with the new general manager, whoever that turns out to be. It’s certainly logical to think the new general manger will want his own man as head coach. I know I would.
Whoever does replace Gene Smith obviously has a difficult job. We’re not talking about improving a few positions. There is no solid nucleus of players to build around. The future of the team’s best player, running back Maurice Jones-Drew, is cloudy because of his age, his position, his history of injuries and his contract demands. The team’s strongest position, wide receiver, is suspect because neither Cecil Shorts nor Justin Blackmon has a proven track record.
And, of course, there’s the quarterback problem. Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne have proven they’re average at best.
With all of those problems, the last thing the new general manager needs to worry about is whether or not he and his head coach are on the same page when plotting the future of the franchise.
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