29 November 2011

Jack Del Rio Fired by Jaguars

The first NFL head coaching casualty is Jack Del Rio, who was fired today by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Del Rio figured to have a hot seat this year as it was essentially make the playoffs or lose your job and with the team at 3-8 after a 20-13 loss to the division leading Texans, it was all but over for Del Rio. This is Del rio's ninth year in Jacksonville and he has accumulated a 68-70 record with two playoff appearances but none since 2007 and only one finish at .500 since then. The Jaguars' offense has been increasingly stagnant as rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert has really struggled since becoming the starter (which why you would draft a quarterback in the first round when you say you have to make the playoffs is pretty odd) and Del Rio of late has been throwing a lot of blame on offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, which showed he felt that his time was about to be over. Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker will be the interim coach for the balance of the season.
Del Rio will presumably be a top contender for open defensive coordinator positions or could coach in college.

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