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JaxRed
01-02-2012, 08:08 PM
At last..... the (regular) season is over and the Jags can start looking for a coach and getting the new owner in place. Excitement is high in town.

Here's what we know so far about the coaching search:

They are concentrating on Offensive Coordinators, which makes sense since we have a solid defense and offense is where we have been lacking for years. The names "confirmed" so far:

1. Rod Chudzinski the OC for the Panthers
2. Brian Shottenheimer OC for the Jets
3. Mike Mularkey OC for the Falcons
4. Bill O'Brien OC for the Patriots
5. Mike McCoy OC for the Broncos

and believe it or not......

6. Jim Tressel (the source says 3 or 4 teams are talking to him).

Names which have NOT surfaced so far are the "prior coaches"

1. Gruden
2. Fisher

And a little surprising, no mention of Jay Gruden, who would seem to fit in the above list and had been thought of as a good fit.

MWM
01-02-2012, 10:30 PM
If they're looking for an offensive coach, Tressel should be like 90th on the list, and that may be being generous. :D

cincrazy
01-04-2012, 12:50 AM
I actually think Tressel's style would go over much better in Jacksonville and in the NFL than it ever did in college. And he had CRAZY success in college, just to be clear :).

JaxRed
01-05-2012, 12:42 AM
Some updates.... one source in mainstream press says Jay Gruden is the favorite for the job. No more Tressel talk. And one source says Cowher is in play.

New owner (as of today) Khan says people will be surprised how quickly they hire a coach. Some interviews are done. Only name we know has interviewed was the Interim coach Mel Tucker.

Most in town would like him to stay in town as DC but not Head Coach.

Joseph
01-05-2012, 07:44 PM
Let's hope not.

blumj
01-10-2012, 11:43 PM
NFLN says it's Mike Mularkey.

MWM
01-11-2012, 12:55 AM
Yeah, I don't get this. He was not a good head coach in Buffalo. What makes them think he will be in Jax?

KronoRed
01-11-2012, 04:08 AM
Once again the NFL recycles mediocrity.

MWM
01-11-2012, 11:29 AM
Once again the NFL recycles mediocrity.

This is very true and something I've never understood. It's like teams are so afraid to hire someone without head coaching experience, that they'd rather hire someone with that experience who wasn't any good.

By all accounts Mularkey was in over his head as a HC in Buffalo. A guy can be a great coordinator because he's a good x's and o's guy. But the skill set to be a head coach is completely different. How many times have we seen this happen in the NFL? I know it's a lot. I can't think of many situations, if any, where a guy was a poor head coach one place only to be a good one somewhere else.

It's disappointing. I think the new owner laid an egg with his first big decision. I hope Mularkey proves me wrong. He sure didn't look like much of an offensive coach against the Giants defense this past weekend. And by a lot of accounts, Matt Ryan has not lived up to his potential in Atlanta. He's been good, but I think most believe he should be better. This makes very little sense to me for the Jags.

Sea Ray
01-11-2012, 11:49 AM
Have a heart for Matt Ryan. Remember his QB coach is Bob Bratkowski. I'm wondering if Atl will double down and move him to OC now that Mularkey is gone

dabvu2498
01-11-2012, 12:48 PM
Once again the NFL recycles mediocrity.

Everyone looking for the next Belichick. :lol:

JaxRed
01-11-2012, 06:36 PM
Well we have a coach. Like most people around here, I was hoping for the next young gun. My favorites were probably Gruden and Chudzinski. If for nothing else the excitement factor.

By and large the fan reaction was much like the reaction here.

Listening to the local sports radio station in town after the press conference, has made me feel better. Khan emphasized that he personally had talked extensively to people around the NFL. One of the local guys has a Pittsburgh connection, and he says he knows there was a 45 minute call between Cowher and Khan. He does not know if there was a discussion of whether Cowher was interested in the job. But he does know that Cowher was heavily advocating the hiring of Mularkey. We know that Khan talked to Belichek and Dungy also.

Khan interviewed Mularkey for 4 hours yesterday. There were other interviews scheduled. Khan cancelled them and hired Mularkey before he left town.

In his interview, Mularkey was asked about Gabbert. He said he had reviewed several of Gabberts games. And that Atlanta's QB coach had watched 2 of them. Bratkowski. That certainly seems to indicate that Bratkowski is going to come here also.

HatchMo
01-11-2012, 11:37 PM
I pay very little attention to the jags, because cincinnati doesn't play them. But, i do root for Brock Bolen. Hope he gets some more playing time.

Sea Ray
01-11-2012, 11:44 PM
I think Mularkey is a very good OC but head coaching is another job entirely. Perhaps he'll do better his 2nd time around but it was pretty ugly for him in his previous head coaching gig.

I pity Gabbert if Bratkowski is his OC.

MWM
01-12-2012, 12:06 AM
So what are all those guys who Khan called gonna say about Mularkey? It's not like they're going to tell them not to hire, that he'd be terrible, and that it would be a big mistake. I don't think that would make me feel any more comfortable. He already was a HC, and a very poor one. But it's possible it was a bad situation and didn't reflect accurately on his true ability to be a head coach in the NFL. I hope this turns out to be the case and that he proves me wrong. It would be nice to have a winning team in town.

MWM
01-13-2012, 01:10 PM
Now they've hired Bratkowski as their offensive coordinator? Wow. He we was atrocious in Cincinnati in the same role. He was the QB coach this year and the QBs significantly underperformed.

This new owner is laying a huge egg, IMO.

Razor Shines
01-13-2012, 01:28 PM
Now they've hired Bratkowski as their offensive coordinator? Wow. He we was atrocious in Cincinnati in the same role. He was the QB coach this year and the QBs significantly underperformed.

This new owner is laying a huge egg, IMO.

That or he's paving the way for them to move to LA in a few years.


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WVRed
01-13-2012, 11:57 PM
Now they've hired Bratkowski as their offensive coordinator? Wow. He we was atrocious in Cincinnati in the same role. He was the QB coach this year and the QBs significantly underperformed.

This new owner is laying a huge egg, IMO.

Time to go ahead and declare Blaine Gabbert a bust.

JaxRed
01-14-2012, 08:19 PM
There's talk that Jags will move to a primarily a one back offense which requires less fullback. So Brock could be a casualty.

I disagree that Mularkey's time at Buffalo was a disaster or that he was over his head. He was 14-18. And the first year he had the only winning record in Buffalo in the last 11 years. And the second apparently was such an organizational mess that Mularkey decided he had to walk away rather than put up with it another season.

And yes, if Cowher and others felt Mularkey was not the guy that's EXACTLY what they would of told Khan.

The Jags seem determined to have an extremely experienced coaching staff after the Del Rio problems the last few years.

Razor, you might as well get over it.... Jags ain't moving.

And while Gabbert might be a bust, you can't tell that after 1 year. There's still a ton of real football people saying he's making significant progress.

kaldaniels
01-14-2012, 08:24 PM
Hey Hey Hey....

This thread is for season ticket holders only.

WVRed
01-15-2012, 11:34 AM
And while Gabbert might be a bust, you can't tell that after 1 year. There's still a ton of real football people saying he's making significant progress.

I declared him a bust due to who his new offensive coordinator is. Bratkowski runs the most predictable offense in the NFL and even when the Bengals were in the playoffs two years ago and lost to the Jets, fans were still calling for his head. Carson Palmer never really lived up to expectations in Cincinnati and while injuries are a reason, I think Brat had a lot to do with it as well. Same reason Matt Ryan took a step back this season with him as QB coach.

KoryMac5
01-15-2012, 12:56 PM
Mularkey was pretty well liked in Buffalo, his main problems were with Tom Donahoe who cut Bledsoe and stuck him with JP Lossman, ouch! Gabbert needs to get things figured out and an offensive minded coach may be just what he needs.

JaxRed
01-21-2012, 11:49 AM
Well, the Jags have essentially finalized their coaching staff. They kept the big names on the defensive side. Mel Tucker stays on as Defensive Coordinator. The great debate about Mel in town was how much of the big improvement on defense was due to him. They had significantly spent money in free agency to improve the defense. But they did perform and the players loved him so he is back.

He interviewed for DC at at least one spot (Vikings). Mel is not a very dynamic speaker. I think that will hurt him in the future.

The biggest news to happen recently is the Jags held a free pep rally at Everbank field. About 7,000 showed up. Shad Khan had indicated that he was going to spend to put a winner on the field.

When pressed for specifics, Khan said they would spend to the TOP of the spending cap. Considering that the Jags were among the teams with the most room left to get to the minimum, it would appear the Jags are going to really open the pocket book.