INDIANAPOLIS — When is one’s best not good enough? When a team finishes 5-11 overall, third in its division and fires its coach before the end of the season.
That’s what the Jaguars encountered this season. After parting ways with Jack Del Rio, the team elected to hire former Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey to fill their head-coaching vacancy.
During the FedEx awards presentation Wednesday at the Super Bowl XLVI media center, Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew addressed the changes happening in Jacksonville.
“The good thing is we have the same defensive coordinator (Mel Tucker), so we have some stability in the coaching staff,” Jones-Drew said. “As an offense, obviously, we didn’t do what we were supposed to do this year, so our coach got fired and they kind of got rid of the whole offensive staff and hired coach Mularkey. He’s done a great job with the Atlanta offense.”
Jones-Drew was nominated for the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Year Award (but lost out to Eagles RB LeSean McCoy) after rushing for a league-best 1,606 yards. It was a great season for Jones-Drew, who knows for future success, the team must improve and help young QB Blaine Gabbert continue his development.
“We didn’t really help him out enough as the players around him,” Jones-Drew said. “From what I’m hearing, we’re going to get some guys and try to help this young guy out. He’s a great talent; he can do a lot of great things, and my job is to try to keep the box as loaded as possible. I’ll try to keep running the way I did, and hopefully, we can keep things going and get to the playoffs.”
— Matt Florjancic, Special to NFL.com