“I informed Mike today that he will not return as head coach of the Jaguars,” Caldwell said, through the organization. “I know Mike well and do not want anyone to misinterpret the rationale behind my decision. Mike is an excellent coach and I am sure he will succeed in his next stop in the NFL. However, I must do what I believe is best for the Jacksonville Jaguars and immediately explore every avenue possible to turn our football team around. For that to happen as seamlessly as we want, and as quickly as our fans deserve, I feel it is in everyone’s best interests for an immediate and clean restart.”
Mularkey's only other tenure as a head coach came in 2004-2005, when he coached the Buffalo Bills for two seasons. After his first season went 9-7, Mularkey followed it up with a 5-11 campaign that led to his exit.
“Mike Mularkey is leaving our organization with my utmost respect,” Jaguars owner Shad Khan said. “Mike gave the Jaguars everything he had on and off the field, and his efforts as our head coach will always be appreciated. Mike will land on his feet soon. Until then, I wish nothing but the best for Mike and his family.”