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Jaguars fire Mularkey

New GM Caldwell wastes no time in changing coaches. Terry McCormick

Print This January 10, 2013, 11:18 AM EST
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It didn't take new Jacksonville Jaguars general manager David Caldwell very long to decide the fate of head coach Mike Mularkey.

Caldwell fired Mularkey, whom he worked with in Atlanta, on Thursday morning, the club announced.

“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.”

“Mike Mularkey is leaving our organization with my utmost respect,” said Shad Khan, owner of the Jaguars. “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 was 2-14 in his only season as the Jaguars head coach.

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