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Mike Mularkey gets the boot in Jacksonville!




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The Jacksonville Jaguars dismissed coach Mike Mularkey after one season, the team announced Thursday.

New general manager Dave Caldwell and owner Shad Khan will discuss Mularkey’s firing at a 4 p.m. ET news conference.

Mularkey becomes the eighth NFL coach fired since the regular season ended. Two of those teams have since hired new coaches, with Andy Reid, who was fired by the Eagles, taking over the Chiefs and Doug Marrone joining the Bills.

The Jaguars fired general manager Gene Smith last week but left Mularkey in limbo until a new GM was hired. Caldwell was named to the job this week.

“I informed Mike today that he will not return as head coach of the Jaguars,” Caldwell, who worked with Mularkey when both were with the Falcons, said in a statement. “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.”

Among candidates for the Jaguars coaching job are expected to be 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman, Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and Falcons special-teams coach Keith Armstrong, league sources told ESPN.

Roman and Caldwell were teammates and roommates in the 1990s while attending John Carroll University.

The Jaguars had already given their assistant coaches permission last week to look for other jobs.

In the 51-year-old Mularkey’s first season, the Jaguars finished 2-14 in 2012, the worst record in franchise history.

Jacksonville lost eight games by 16 points or more this season. Not even Jacksonville’s inaugural team in 1995 — a group composed of mostly rookies and street free agents — was overmatched as often. Coach Tom Coughlin’s ragtag bunch finished 4-12 back then, losing four games by at least 16 points. The 4-12 record had been the worst in franchise history.

“Mike Mularkey is leaving our organization with my utmost respect,” Khan said in the statement. “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 signed a three-year contract on Jan. 11, 2012, getting a second chance to be a head coach six years after resigning with the Buffalo Bills.

His return was shaky from the start.

His best player, running back Maurice Jones-Drew, skipped offseason workouts as well as training camp and the preseason in a contract dispute. His first draft pick, receiver Justin Blackmon, was arrested and charged with aggravated DUI in June. And his team was riddled with injuries, including key ones to linebacker Daryl Smith and Jones-Drew.

Even things Mularkey had control over went awry.

He had to backtrack after saying Chad Henne would compete with Blaine Gabbert for the starting job in March but later declaring Gabbert the starter before training camp began. He created a stir by threatening to fine players up to $10,000 for discussing injuries. He initially played rookie receiver Kevin Elliott over Cecil Shorts III early on. And he really irked some players with tough, padded practices late in a lost season.

He also may have mishandled injuries to receiver Laurent Robinson (four concussions before going on IR) and Jones-Drew (who admittedly should have had foot surgery sooner). Dating back to his final season in Buffalo, Mularkey has lost 20 of his last 23 games.

Mularkey has a 16-32 career record.


Is Brian Kelly leaving Notre Dame to coach the Philadelphia Eagles?


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“Leaving is not an option. I don’t even think about it,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said Saturday, when he was holding court at the BCS media day at Sun Life Stadium. “I think from my perspective I’ve got the best job in the country, NFL, college, high school, whatever,” he added.

Five days later – and two days after his Fighting Irish were dismantled by Alabama in the championship game – USA TODAY Sports confirmed reports that Kelly had met with the Philadelphia Eagles about its vacant head coach position.

If Kelly does leave Notre Dame for the NFL, it would mark one of the most unprecedented coaching moves in college football history. Consider:

Kelly would be the first Notre Dame coach to leave voluntarily for another position in nearly 70 years. The last was Ed McKeever, who traded in the Fighting Irish for Cornell after the 1944 season. From a report in the St. Petersburg Times on Feb. 28, 1945:

McKeever apparently elected to leave an insecure berth at Notre Dame in favor of a regular vacancy at Cornell. Last August, Notre Dame officials announced that (Frank) Leahy, who is now in the South Pacific but then was in the United States, had signed a long-term contract to begin with his release from the service.

Every other Notre Dame coach from McKeever through Charlie Weis has left either through retirement (like a Dan Devine or Ara Parseghian) or was fired for below-average results (Weis, Willingham, Davie, Faust and others).

Kelly would be only the seventh coach to accept another position aftercompeting in a BCS bowl. The others: Butch Davis (Miami) in 2000, Steve Spurrier (Florida) in 2001, Bobby Petrino (Louisville) in 2006, June Jones (Hawaii) in 2007 and Randy Edsall (Connecticut) and Jim Harbaugh (Stanford) in 2010.

While many coaches have taken another position before a BCS game – even Kelly did so prior to the 2010 Sugar Bowl, when he left Cincinnati for Notre Dame, and Northern Illinois’ Dave Doeren did so in 2012 – he would join a short list of coaches who went through the game itself before accepting another offer. (Several coaches have taken another job but still coached through the BCS game.)

Kelly would be the first coach to leave a school immediately after coaching in the BCS National Championship Game. While other coaches who reached the BCS title game have eventually moved on (Larry Coker, Jim Tressel, Frank Solich, even Saban), none have done so immediately after the game itself.


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Divisional Round match-ups set


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Though the Redskins enjoyed home-field advantage on Wild-Card Weekend, and the Bengals, Colts and Vikings all believed in their upset chances, no one can be overly surprised by which teams are left in the NFL playoffs.

Six of these teams were here last year — only the fifth-seeded Seahawks and top-seeded Falcons in the NFC were not around for the divisional round of 2012. So, despite the NFL’s love of unstoppable parity, the cream continues to rise to the top.

How do the matchups shake out next weekend? Here’s your early primer for the 2013 divisional round:

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No. 4 Baltimore Ravens at No. 1 Denver Broncos, 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday

Less than a month ago (Dec. 16), the Broncos beat the Ravens … by 17 … in Baltimore. Denver actually led 31-3 at the end of the third quarter in that one, only allowing Baltimore back in it a bit after easing up off the gas.

Is there any reason to believe next Saturday’s outcome will be any different? Actually, there may be two reasons: Anquan Boldin and Ray Lewis. That duo starred Sunday in Baltimore’s win over the Colts — Lewis did not play in that first game vs. Denver, while Boldin had an extremely quiet game. Lewis might help a defense that coughed up 115 yards rushing to Knowshon Moreno, while Boldin could be a huge weapon if he can repeat his wild-card round performance.

Of course, aside from sitting out this weekend with a bye, the Broncos have not slowed down at all since their win in Baltimore. That was victory No. 9 in the 11-game win streak that Denver currently holds. Andrew Luck found openings against Baltimore’s pass defense, too, so you can bet that Peyton Manning will put up some yards.

No. 3 Houston Texans at No. 2 New England Patriots, 4:30 p.m. Sunday

Another rematch of an absolute butt-kicking. This one occurred in Week 14, when the Patriots hammered the then 11-1 Texans by four touchdowns, 42-14. Houston will return to the scene of the crime Sunday, hoping to flip the script from these teams’ first meeting.

It certainly will not be easy. The Patriots will enter the game winners of nine of their last 10 — the only setback, a thrilling 41-34 loss to San Francisco. Since then, Tom Brady has gotten Rob Gronkowski back in the lineup, meaning Houston has another headache to deal with Sunday.

Matt Schaub flopped back in that December meeting. He will need to be much sharper — as will the Texans’ defense — if Houston is to keep its Super Bowl march alive.

NFC

No. 5 Seattle Seahawks at No. 1 Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. Sunday

Will this be Atlanta’s moment of redemption or another reminder that this franchise cannot get over the top?

The Falcons’ last foray as a No. 1 seed, of course, ended with a 48-21 thrashing at the hands of eventual Super Bowl champion Green Bay in 2010. This year’s divisional-round matchup likely will not leave Atlanta fans feeling any more comfortable — Seattle brings a tough defense, athletic quarterback and pounding running back to the table.

Two matchups to watch: Seattle’s offensive line against Atlanta’s pass rush and Seattle’s cornerbacks against Atlanta’s receivers. The Seahawks allowed five sacks of Russell Wilson in Washington, and they’ll have to do a better job protecting him versus the Falcons’ disguised fronts. The Richard Sherman/Brandon Browner-Julio Jones/Roddy White matchups, meanwhile, might be among the best positional battles of the postseason.

No. 3 Green Bay Packers at No. 2 San Francisco 49ers, 8 p.m. Saturday

The third rematch of the divisional round, though there is only so much to be learned from when San Francisco scored a 30-22 Week 1 win in Lambeau Field.

For starters, Alex Smith played quarterback that day for the 49ers, meaning that the Packers have not yet had a first-hand look at Colin Kaepernick’s abilities. The Packers did see a little (very little) zone-option from Joe Webb and the Vikings, but Kaepernick is leaps and bounds ahead of Webb as a passer.

The Packers, though they did not undergo any major lineup changes, are pretty far removed from the team that started this season 2-3. Their defense finally slowed Adrian Peterson this week, and Aaron Rodgers has his full arsenal of weapons in the passing game.


So Mark Sanchez is the Jets started again because Greg McElroy has a concussion…


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A mere four months, not four epochs, have passed since Mark Sanchez had his finest game of the season, throwing three touchdown passes in a 48-28 victory against Buffalo that left the entire Jets organization giddy.

Sanchez has lost a lot since — eight starts, his starting job and pretty much all the faith the Jets had in him — but the Sept. 9 season opener quickly became relevant again at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, when Greg McElroy walked into Rex Ryan’s office with a towel wrapped around his head.

McElroy, the former third-string quarterback who was sacked 11 times in his first N.F.L. start, a 27-17 loss Sunday to San Diego, was lifting weights Thursday, Ryan said, when he began experiencing headaches. And that is how Sanchez got his job back.

“Come to find out that Greg wasn’t exactly truthful with our training staff after the game,” Ryan said.

McElroy was ordered to have an evaluation for a concussion. Ryan did not need to know the results to know that he would not play McElroy in Sunday’s finale at Buffalo.

Then Ryan called Sanchez and Tim Tebow, the other quarterback, into the hallway and informed them that Sanchez would start. The Jets had two days to prepare for the game — “a short window,” Ryan said — and he felt better with Sanchez.

“Mark has had success earlier in the season against Buffalo,” Ryan said. “He’s very familiar with them, and that’s the reason I’m going with Mark.”

He added, “Obviously, Tim’s not happy with that,” although Ryan said that his decision did not mean Tebow would not play. Tebow said later, smiling, that he would do whatever Ryan asked him to do Sunday.

Only 24 hours earlier, Tebow denied reports that he had asked out of running plays from the Wildcat formation against San Diego, in part, because he had been upset that Ryan had named McElroy, not Tebow, as the starting quarterback.

“I understood his position, and I respect it, and I respect him as a coach, and we still got a great relationship,” Tebow said Thursday. “I’m looking forward to doing whatever I can to help the team beat the Buffalo Bills.”

Tony Sparano, the beleaguered first-year offensive coordinator, described Ryan’s latest quarterback change as “another bump in the road,” adding, deadpan, “It’s something we’ve become a little accustomed to dealing with.”

But Sparano laughed when he was asked what he thought immediately after Ryan told him he was making a move from McElroy back to Sanchez. He replied: “I was pretty silent. Hard to believe, I know.”

The Jets (6-9) and the Bills (5-10) have been eliminated from playoff contention, and there is a 60 percent chance of snow Sunday in Orchard Park, N.Y. When they last met, it was sunny and 74 degrees at MetLife Stadium, and both teams were full of hope.

Sanchez has 17 interceptions and 7 fumbles this season and was reduced to charting plays run by McElroy during the Jets’ loss to San Diego. He was also unsure that the September game against Buffalo would help all that much.

“It’s two totally different teams,” Sanchez said, “and it’s been months apart.”

He also said he felt bad for McElroy, but then he said situations like these were why teams have a backup quarterback — which he became last week. He said he was excited to play and wanted to make the most of his chance, even though it might not mean much. Ryan said Sanchez would be evaluated on the entire season, not just one game.

“I guess I didn’t expect it,” Sanchez said of his latest chance to play. “I didn’t come in today thinking he had a concussion.”

Sparano said Ryan carried through on his promise to talk to the Jets after practice about disclosing injuries. Ryan said that he admired McElroy’s courage and determination to keep his job but that McElroy needed to be more forthcoming.

Ryan said, “I just feel fortunate that something like this showed up without him going out there and putting himself in harm’s way.”

As Ryan stepped off the podium after a 20-minute news conference, he was asked if this had been the strangest season of his coaching career.

He drew laughter when he said: “I would say that’s pretty accurate. And we’ve had some strange ones.”


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