The list of one-and-dones continue to grow. And Mike Mularkey is the latest to lose his job.
Newly-appointed Jaguars general manager David Caldwell – you remember him, right? – fired Mularkey as head coach Thursday. Jacksonville finished a franchise-worst 2-14 in Mularkey’s first and only season.
He is the eighth NFL coach to be fired since the regular season ended.
Mularkey's firing could ultimately pay dividends for the Jets, who need to replace offensive coordinator Tony Sparano.
Mularkey hasn’t had much head-coaching success (career record: 16-32), but he does fit Ryan’s newfound need for creativity and aggressiveness on offense.
Nicknamed “Inspector Gadget” for his creative play-calling as the Steelers offensive coordinator, Mularkey quickly changed the Falcons’ offense, using a physical running game. During his four seasons as offensive coordinator in Atlanta, the unit finished 6th in 2008, 16th in 2009 and 2010, and 10th in 2011. Not to mention, quarterback Matt Ryan went on to win Rookie of the Year in 2008.
Norv Turner, Hue Jackson and Marc Trestman also are possible OC candidates for the Jets.
* Turner, who was fired by the Chargers last week, has long been considered Ryan’s top target. Despite his recent struggles as a head coach, Turner is a highly-respected offensive mind.
* Jackson, the Bengals assistant coach, worked in Baltimore with Ryan and Dennis Thurman when he was a quarterbacks coach.
* Jets fans may be hesitant to get excited about Trestman, a CFL head coach. But that would be a mistake.
“He’s made all the stops and coached in almost every capacity,” said former CFL player Bud Grant, who also coached the Vikings to four NFC titles in the 1960s and 70s. “We try to make football more complicated than it really is. Coaching is coaching whether it’s here or in Canada. The same principles apply.”
In five seasons as the head coach of the Montreal Alouettes, Trestman has won the Grey Cup title in 2009 and 10. But he also has NFL experience too. He was the Browns offensive coordinator when they reached the AFC Championship Game in 1989.