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Jacksonville fires Mularkey

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JACKSONVILLE — The Jaguars fired coach Mike Mularkey after one season, the worst in franchise history, on Thursday.

Jacksonville has permission to talk to Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, reports said.

Mularkey, a former Gators tight end and Bucs assistant, went 2-14. His top player, running back Maurice Jones-Drew, skipped training camp in a contract dispute, then missed most of the season with an ankle injury. And second-year quarterback Blaine Gabbert continued to struggle.

"A year ago, when I came here, the organizational judgment was we were … just a few players and a draft away from really competing for a playoff spot," owner Shad Khan said. "As the year progressed, it was pretty obvious that was not the case and we would need a fresh start."

More coaches: Browns hire Carolina assistant

Cleveland hired Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chud­zinski as coach. A news conference was scheduled for today.

Chudzinski, 44, grew up a Browns fan in Toledo, Ohio. He played in college at Miami and has been an NFL assistant since 2004, including Browns offensive coordinator from 2007-08.

He replaces fired Pat Shurmur.

Bills: Mike Pettine was hired as defensive coordinator and Nathaniel Hackett as offensive coordinator. Pettine was the Jets' defensive coordinator for four seasons. Hackett was new coach Doug Marrone's offensive coordinator at Syracuse.

Bears: Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements interviewed, with Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison set for today and Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell set for Saturday, espnchicago.com reported.

Cardinals: The team interviewed Jay Gruden, the Bengals' offensive coordinator, younger brother of Jon and an ex-Storm quarterback. He said he might talk to the Eagles next week.

Chargers: Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said his interest in the job increased with the hiring of Colts vice president Tom Telesco as GM.

Eagles: Lovie Smith, recently fired by the Bears, interviewed.

Report: Monte Kiffin on Cowboys' radar

Dallas is interested in former Bucs defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin to replace fired Rob Ryan, nfl.com and espn.com reported. Kiffin recently stepped down as USC's defensive coordinator. The Chiefs talked to Kiffin but were rebuffed, both websites reported.

Vikings: GM Rick Spielman said he has "no issues" with receiver Percy Harvin's character or attitude. The ex-Gator requested a trade last summer. And after sustaining a season-ending sprained left ankle, he returned to Florida for rehabilitation. Spielman declined to say if he would offer a contract extension to Harvin.

Pro Bowl: Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway and Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham were added as injury replacements for the Redskins' Robert Griffin III, Cowboys' DeMarcus Ware and Steelers' Heath Miller, respectively.

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