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SBD/January 11, 2013/Franchises
New Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell Fires Coach Mike Mularkey, Says No To Tim Tebow
Published January 11, 2013
ON THE PROWL: NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal wrote the Jaguars "had to" dismiss Mularkey. Caldwell "had to [do] it." Hanging on to Mularkey to "give him a fair chance to turn things around sounds fair, but it wasn't right." The Jaguars "needed a fresh start." Mularkey was hired by former GM Gene Smith "who is long gone." Caldwell needs to "have the freedom to remake the organization in his image" (NFL.com, 1/10). In Jacksonville, Gene Frenette wrote the "good news for Jaguars fans from the ongoing organizational shake-up is there now appears to be a clear, authoritative plan of action." Khan has "decided on a swift course of action for his team" (JACKSONVILLE.com, 1/11). Khan said that he "talked to about 100 people" during the GM search and "knew other teams would pursue Caldwell, but wasn't overly concerned." Khan said, "Frankly, with all due modesty, I think I did my homework better. People came to that conclusion a week later after they had talked to a lot of people." Khan said that he had a "specific game plan on what to do after firing Smith. Not by day, but by hour." Khan: “Like what I was going to do at 7 o’clock, 8 o’clock, 8:30, 9 and you plan. That’s how I plan every day" (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 1/11).