“I informed Mike today that he will not return as head coach of the Jaguars,” Caldwell said in a statement released by the Jaguars. “I know Mike well and do not want anyone to misinterpret the rationale behind my decision. Mike is an excellent coach and I am sure he will succeed in his next stop in the NFL. However, I must do what I believe is best for the Jacksonville Jaguars and immediately explore every avenue possible to turn our football team around. For that to happen as seamlessly as we want, and as quickly as our fans deserve, I feel it is in everyone’s best interests for an immediate and clean restart.”
[Related: Jaguars fire general manager Gene Smith]
Mularkey signed a three-year contract when he was hired by the Jaguars last January, but his job security was in question after the team went 2-14 during the 2012 regular season, the worst record in franchise history that resulted in the organization firing general manager Gene Smith on Dec. 31. Last week, before the team hired Caldwell, Mularkey had informed his assistant coaches, who were under contract for next season, that they were free to explore opportunities with other teams.
“Mike Mularkey is leaving our organization with my utmost respect," said Jaguars owner Shad Khan. "Mike gave the Jaguars everything he had on and off the field, and his efforts as our head coach will always be appreciated. Mike will land on his feet soon. Until then, I wish nothing but the best for Mike and his family."
Mularkey is 16-32 in his three seasons as an NFL head coach. In addition to his one season with the Jaguars, Mularkey was 14-18 in two seasons with the Buffalo Bills (2004-05). Before he was hired by the Jaguars, the 51-year-old Mularkey spent four season as the offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons and has been mentioned as a possible candidate for the offensive coordinator position with the New York Jets.
A potential candidate for the Jaguars' head coaching position include San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman, who played with Caldwell at John Carroll University in the 1990s.
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