Jaguars hire Mike Mularkey as head coach

Fox News - [Full Article]

Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan has hired Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey as his new head coach, the team announced.

Mularkey, who went 14-18 as coach of the Buffalo Bills from 2004-05, is Khan's first major hiring as new owner.

The 50-year-old has spent the last four seasons with the Falcons, overseeing the development of quarterback Matt Ryan since the Falcons drafted Ryan third overall in 2008, FOX Sports reported.

Mularkey actually interviewed for the position Tuesday, according to the report, after Atlanta was eliminated from the playoffs by the New York Giants on Sunday in a 24-2 loss in the wild-card round.

His first priorities will be assembling a staff and meeting with quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who just finished his rookie season.

Fantasy Impact: 

Despite the Falcons' dismal showing against the Giants last weekend and general criticism about his uninventive play-calling, Mularkey has a good reputation around the league and helped to develop Matt Ryan into one of the league's better starting QBs. The Jaguars hope that he can find the same success with Blaine Gabbert.

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