New Coach Will Have an Offensive Background
Mike Mularkey (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Posted Jan 3, 2012


The Jaguars and new owner Shahid Khan aren't wasting any time with their head coaching search. The team is busy interviewing coaches with offensive backgrounds from all over the league.

The Jaguars didn't take long to start their coaching search.

The day after the season ended, they contacted at least five offensive coordinators -- Mike Mularkey of Atlanta, Rod Chudzinski of Carolina, Brian Schottenheimer of the New York Jets, Mike McCoy of Denver and Bill O'Brien of New England -- to ask permission to interview them.

It was not surprising that all five were offensive coordinators because the Jaguars had the worst offense in the league this season even though they had the league's leading rusher, Maurice Jones-Drew, who gained 1,606 yards.

Rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert struggled all year, and he passed for only 92 yards in the Jaguars' 19-13 victory over Indianapolis in the season finale. Gabbert finished with 65.4 passer rating, the lowest in the league. He had 12 touchdown passes and 11 interceptions. He fumbled 14 times, losing five.

The Jaguars would like to find an offensive coach who can come in and groom Gabbert.

Mularkey and Chudzinski are obviously choices. Mularkey was one of the finalists when Jack Del Rio was hired in 2003. He got the Buffalo job in 2004 and went 14-18 before he resigned after Marv Levy was hired as the general manager. Under Mularkey this season, the Falcons ranked 10th in total offense and eighth in passing. His son is a Jaguars scout.

Chudzinski's Carolina offense ranked seventh in the league, as rookie quarterback Cam Newton developed quickly.

The Jaguars' decision to speak with Schottenheimer was something of a surprise because the Jets struggled on offense this year.

O'Brien's inclusion was also unexpected because the men who've coached Tom Brady, including Charlie Weis and Josh McDaniels, haven't done well as head coaches.

McCoy coached Tim Tebow in Denver, so it remains to be seen whether he would be the right coach for Gabbert.

Dallas special teams coach Joe DeCamillis is expected to be a candidate, and Green Bay quarterback coach Tom Clements has been mentioned.

Interim head coach Mel Tucker also will get an interview.


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