Published On: Jan 10 2013 11:58:24 AM ESTUpdated On: Jan 10 2013 01:21:59 PM EST
Mike Mularkey was hired January 11, 2012, as the fourth head coach in the Jackonville Jaguars history.
Mularkey was one of new team owner Shad Khan first hires.
Mularkey is married to Elizabeth "Betsy" Conant Mularkey -- also a University of Florida alumna. The Mularkeys have two sons, Patrick and Shane. Patrick worked as a scouting assistant for the Jaguars for the two seasons prior to his father being hired as head coach.
Mularkey signed a three-year contract, getting a second chance to be a head coach six years after resigning with the Buffalo Bills.
From left to right: General Manger Gene Smith, first-round draft pick Justin Blackmon, owner Shad Khan and head coach Mike Mularkey hold up the No. 1 Blackmon jersey.
Head Coach Mike Mularkey is all smiles before he and his staff take the field for the first day of practice in April.
Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey takes a 3 point stance at an afternoon practice at the June mini-camp.
Mularkey played college football for the University of Florida, and thereafter, he played nine seasons in the NFL as a tight end for the Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Mike Mularkey and former Jaguars head coach, now Giants head coach Tom Coughlin shake hands before their August preseason game. "He is one of the coaches in this league that I have a lot of respect for on, and off the field," Mularkey said.
Under Mularkey, the Jaguars went 2-14 -- the worst record in the team's 18-year history.
Mularkey's brief tenure was filled with mistakes. His biggest one may have been his loyalty to Smith, who assembled a roster that lacked talent on both sides of the ball.
Mularkey was still smiling when he showed up for work the morning after General Manager Gene Smith was fired.
At his year-end news conference on Dec. 31, Mike Mularkey said he would continue to act as head coach of the Jaguars until told differently.