INDIANAPOLIS -- New Jacksonville Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey talked at the NFL Scouting Combine about how his second shot as a head coach is different from his first, which came in Buffalo in 2004 and 2005. Mularkey is the last Bills head coach to have a winning record (9-7 in '04).
"There’s some things that I did that were right and that worked, and there were some things that I probably started even in the interview process that I probably did a better job of this time," Mularkey said. "Some of the things that needed to get done. It was really a great process with Gene [Smith, GM] and Shad [Khan, owner], actually, in the discussion because a lot of things that occurred in Buffalo came
up and they appreciated my honesty with it. I think any job you’re at, whatever it is, position or coordinator or head coaching job, you’re always going to find things you could have done better based on what you’ve done or based on what you’ve seen others do, right or wrong. I’m not going to get into specifics, but it’s been much more of an easy transition going into this one in Jacksonville.”
“I’m more familiar with the whole process," Mularkey said. "The hiring process. I think the staff that I’ve been able to put together, I’m very happy with the staff."
Mularkey inherited some of Gregg Williams' staff when he took over in Buffalo, and it didn't work out well. In Jacksonville, he decided to retain defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, linebackers coach Mark Duffner and offensive line coach Andy Heck.
"You really want guys that want to be there," Mularkey said. "I made that a point when I interviewed these guys. Some of them, including Mel Tucker, Mark Duffner, Andy Heck, previous guys that were on the staff that had opportunities to go other places and maybe even advance in their position. I asked them to go. I thought, first of all, this is very rewarding that you’re being recognized and wanted so much around the league by multiple teams that I think you should go. I’m not going to drive you to the interview. But I want you to go because I know if you are committed to coming back here then I know you are here as a Jaguar and there will be no what ifs. … I really have a good feeling about these guys.”