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Jaguars Pick Falcons Mularkey As Head Coach

11:59 PM, Jan 10, 2012   |    comments
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Jacksonville, FL (Sports Network) - The Jacksonville Jaguars have chosen Mike Mularkey as their next head coach.

The team sent a Twitter message Tuesday night saying a press conference will be held on Wednesday to introduce Mularkey, who has been the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons the last four seasons.

The Falcons were eliminated from the playoffs with a 24-2 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday. Under Mularkey, the Atlanta Falcons averaged a franchise- record 376.6 yards per game in 2011.

The 50-year-old Mularkey has previous head-coaching experience in the NFL, as he was at the helm of the Buffalo Bills from 2004-05 and went a combined 14-18.

Mularkey, who attended the University of Florida in nearby Gainesville, got his professional coaching career started in the Sunshine State. He was the tight ends coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1994-95.

The Jaguars needed a replacement for Mel Tucker. The defensive coordinator of the team, Tucker took over as the Jaguars head coach on an interim basis after the team fired Jack Del Rio on November 29. Tucker was the head coach for the last five games.

The Jaguars finished the year with a 5-11 mark and haven't made the playoffs for four straight seasons.

 

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