Jaguars fire head coach Mike Mularkey

New GM David Caldwell announces decision; news conference at 4 p.m.

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At his year-end news conference on Dec. 31, Mike Mularkey said he would continue to act as head coach of the Jaguars until told differently.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville Jaguars have fired head coach Mike Mularkey, the team announced Thursday morning.

Newly hired team General Manager David Caldwell held a meeting to dismiss Mularkey, who joined the team a year ago, the team said.

"I informed Mike today that he will not return as head coach of the Jaguars," Caldwell said in a news release. "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."

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"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."

A news conference is scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, to announce the decision and introduce Caldwell, who was hired Tuesday. Khan and Jaguars President Mark Lamping will also be available.

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