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Khan met with Mularkey this week, leaning toward keeping him

Mike Mularkey

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey watches his players warm up before an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Joe Howell)


Jaguars owner Shad Khan is busy interviewing general manager candidates, but he took time out to talk to his coach as well.

A league source informs us that Khan met with coach Mike Mularkey this week, and the early sense is that Mularkey will be retained.

Khan wants to run this past his new general manager, whomever that might be, before anything’s set in stone. But it is at least a solid lean, which is good news for a coach coming off a 2-14 season.

It makes sense from the standpoint that Khan signed off on hiring Mularkey a year ago, even if it was with the input of former GM Gene Smith.

Mularkey has been a well-regarded offensive coach, but his downfall in Jacksonville this year is the same as many coaches’ — the lack of competent quarterback play.

Whether they stick with Blaine Gabbert (or Chad Henne) or look outside for some, ahem, help, the Jaguars need to find an answer at that position soon, or Mularkey’s footing won’t be solid for long.