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Buffalo native David Caldwell's first move? Fire Mike Mularkey

By Tim Graham

The Press Coverage blog won't chronicle every move made by freshly minted NFL general managers -- and St. Francis High classmates -- David Caldwell or Tom Telesco.

But this one's worth noting.

Caldwell will be introduced as the Jacksonville Jaguars' GM later today, but he already has gotten to work. His first move was to fire coach Mike Mularkey.

Caldwell is a Buffalo native who's close friends with Bill Polian's sons. Caldwell, Telesco and Brian Polian also went to John Carroll University together.

I can't help but wonder if the fact Mularkey once quit on the Buffalo Bills impacted Caldwell's impression of him.

On a conference call with Bills reporters before the Jaguars came to Ralph Wilson Stadium a month ago, Mularkey was asked about his decision to resign as Bills head coach in January 2006, a week after Polian's close friend, Marv Levy, returned to the team as GM.

"I haven't talked about it for six years," Mularkey said. "I'm not going to. It's a personal thing, a family matter and I don't talk to anybody about it, let alone you guys.

"I've never said I regret it. I felt it was the right decision then. I still do, and again it has a lot to do with my family and my family will always come first in my profession, in my life, in anything I do, and I'll leave it at that."

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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