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Jaguars to hire Mularkey as coach

Falcons OC will head south to coach Jacksonville. Terry McCormick

Print This January 11, 2012, 07:27 AM EST

Mike Mularkey, the Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator, will be the next coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to a tweet from Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union.

Mularkey has head coaching experience, guiding the Buffalo Bills to a 9-7 record in 2005, and to a 5-11 finish in 2005. He interviewed with the Jaguars on Tuesday and was offered the job.

With the Jaguars finishing last in the league in passing offense, the team targeted offensive coordinators from other teams in its coaching search. Mularkey helped to quickly develop Matt Ryan in Atlanta and now will be charged with improving Blaine Gabbert, who was thrown to the wolves as a rookie and often looked to be overwhelmed, especially in terms of pocket presence and reads.

Mularkey has made the rounds the past couple of seasons as a head coaching candidate, having gotten an interview in Tennessee for the job that went to Mike Munchak. He has also been on the radar of other teams as well.

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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com

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