Mike Mularkey Combine Interview Part 1

INDIANAPOLIS- JagNation.com is on site at the NFL Combine and we were able to speak to the Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey. The coach talks about the staff working with Gabbert, the health and futures of Aaron Kampman and Tyson Alualu and much more.

On putting a coaching staff together)

It's been quite a process to get the staff together. Obviously I went through the process once before and it's a tedious thing, it's time consuming because you want to do it the right way. That first week on the job you want to put things together as quickly as possible. had targeted a group of coaches and fortunately landed a lot of them.

How will the coaching staff work with Blaine Gabbert?)

I think that will be a good relationship with Bob (Bratkowski) and Blaine (Gabbert). Bob was in Cincinnati when Carson Palmer was drafted now and he had the opportunity to work with Matt Ryan last year so he's had some experience working with young quarterbacks. He's familiar with the system so that helps tremendously. He and Greg Olsen together and myself we should have a good relationship to get the most out of Blaine.

On TE's)

It looks nothing like when I played, it looks entirely different. It's taken a step back in terms of the weight. When I was in the last couple years the blocking tight ends started to come about. Now you got guys that can do it all, guys that can block and catch a pass so it's evolved and there are some great ones out there. That puts stress on defenses and it's amazing how it's come back to the tight end.

Are TE's easier to find?)

It's easier based on the offensive schemes and the guys split out. There are still pro style teams where you can find the guys that can block but it's not as easy.

What can you do to make Gabbert more successful?)

I think we need to do some things scheme-wise that's going to be important how we do things for Blaine and how we address free agency and the draft. Even with the addition of Jerry Sullivan our receivers coach will also help get our guys that are already there to another level and that will also help Blaine. There's some things we can do in the scheme alone that can help out his production. Obviously the 14 games he's played is going to be invaluable.

On Kampman and Roth)

They're very good players and very good people, great for the locker room. We're still going through the roster and not making any changes as of yet. We're trying to get our free agents addressed first and we're going to let the guys heal, some of these guys who ended up on IR. Some have passed, some have not passed but we're going to address it at some point.

On Kampman)

I've talked to Aaron a couple times and he's really an impressive individual. I've known of Aaron watching him play and I've always thought he's one of the guys that you have to worry about wrecking a game. He's coming along, he's ahead of progress where he's at with his rehab and he's just itching to get back to where he's capable of playing.

On Kampman's future with the team)

We have to monitor his health, he's still not passed.

On Tyson Alualu's knee)

I'm anxious to see where he is when he feels 100 percent. When we played him when I was with Atlanta he was a disruptive player on that day and here's a guy that's going to hopefully come back at full speed. He should be ready to go when we get back to camp. He's had surgery.

Charlie Bernstein is the NFL Insider for ESPNFlorida.com and ESPN 1080 and 1040 in Orlando/Tampa and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie

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