Changes, Changes & more CHANGES. That’s what the Jaguars organization is experiencing this off season But who can blame them? After the worst record in the franchise’s history, it’s no wonder the Shahid Khan is ready to make some serious changes.
This is not anything new to Jacksonville, after all in the 14 months the franchise has been sold to a new owner; fired head coach Jack Del Rio, hired Mike Mularkey; fired GM Gene Smith, hired David Caldwell as the new General Manager; and most recently dismissed head coach Mike Mularkey. Quite a bit for a struggling team.
This is the time when Jaguars fans, such as myself, have to put their confidence & faith in Shahid Khan to lead this franchise in the right direction. After all, I think you’d have to agree that long term success is most more crucial than our short term success. As a season ticket holder, that was hard to type. But as a life long fan I know it’s true.
This morning’s news of head coach Mike Mularkey being released from his duties with the Jaguars was not completely shocking. Especially when you consider that Jacksonville finished 31st in the league this season in defense & 30th in offense; earning themselves the 2nd overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft.
According to Khan’s statement on the Jaguars official website:
“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.”
Rather than speculate what I think will happen in the future, I’ll leave you with this positive not.
All the changes that have been made so far were necessary. Gene Smith just had to go. There was absolutely no reason to keep him. Almost every player on the team was recruit by him personally, or he made the choice to keep them on when he took over. Either way, he’s the one that need to answer for the last two disastrous seasons.
On the other hand, I wasn’t completely convinced Mike Mularkey need to be let go. However, I think it’s important that David Caldwell has exactly who he wants on his staff. After all, his future career depends on it.
As for now, we can only wait to see what other changes may happen this off season. The draft is right around the corner. Free Agents will start circulating. It’s only a matter of time before another substantial change hits Duval.