“I know Mike well and do not want anyone to misinterpret the rationale behind my decision,” Jaguars General Manager David Caldwell said. “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.”
Said Jaguars owner Shad Khan: “Mike Mularkey is leaving our organization with my utmost respect. 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.”
The Jaguars are the eighth team to fire a head coach this off-season, joining Buffalo, Kansas City, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Chicago, Arizona and San Diego.