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Del Rio 'can't speak' to O-coordinator's thinking

Posted on: November 21, 2011 2:33 pm
Del RioPosted by Josh Katzowitz

While Tony Sparano seems to have cooled down his hot seat just a bit -- a three-game Dolphins winning streak certainly has helped his cause -- Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio isn’t doing himself any favors.

After cutting David Garrard in the preseason and giving the starting quarterback spot to rookie Blaine Gabbert -- who, statistically speaking, is one of the worst quarterbacks in the league -- the Jaguars are 3-7 after their 14-10 loss to the Browns on Sunday.

When asked why Maurice Jones-Drew didn’t get the ball on the final play of the game from the Browns 2-yard line, Del Rio deflected the blame to offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter.

“Our offensive coordinator calls the plays,” Del Rio said, via the Florida Times-Union. “I can’t speak to his thinking. You’ll have to get with him.”

“We certainly talked about those things through the course of the drive. We got down and took our crack. You can make a case for doing that. You can guess any number of plays when you don’t connect. [It’s] a missed opportunity.”

The final minute of the game was a disaster for the Jaguars. After reaching the 5-yard line on a third and one with 45 seconds to play in the game, Jones-Drew gained three yards for the first down. The Jaguars didn’t call timeout there and let 28 seconds run off the clock (that also must have been Koetter’s fault), and after Jones-Drew failed to reach end zone on first and goal, they stopped the clock with 8 seconds left.

Gabbert missed on a fade pass for Jason Hill, and with three seconds to play, Gabbert never looked at Jones-Drew, who was open in the flat, and threw behind Mike Thomas for the incompletion. Game over.

Koetter, you may defend yourself.

“Three of the four plays were our two-point plays -- two passes and one run, so in those last four plays, we gave it to Maurice twice and we had one play action and we had a little option play to Mike Thomas,” he said. “I like all four of those plays.”

That’s fine, but for Del Rio to claim he had nothing to do with the play-call is absurd. Sure, Koetter probably was the one to call the play, but unless Del Rio wasn’t wearing his headset, he knew what had been called. He could have intervened -- he is, after all, still the head coach -- and vetoed the decision. But he didn’t. Instead he let Koetter take the fall.

“We are on the 2-yard line and I have to find a way for us to score,’’ Gabbert said. “That’s on me. I have to learn from that and get better.’’

Now, if only Del Rio could learn from Gabbert in how to share in the blame.

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Since: Aug 3, 2010
Posted on: November 22, 2011 10:46 am

Del Rio 'can't speak' to O-coordinator's thinking

@ Patriot Nation,I agree completely with what you said with the exception of the Tebow and seats being covered. the seats in the stadium have been covered for years (even before Tebow became a big name with Florida). Even if the Jags would have drafted Tebow, they would have loved him here for a year or two but after not producing a Super Bowl, they would discard him as well. Drafting him would not have saved this franchise in the long run from possibly being moved. Congrats on your win over KC last night as well.

Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: November 22, 2011 6:51 am

Del Rio 'can't speak' to O-coordinator's thinking

Uh, oh. Sounds like another divorce is in the making between DelRio and one of his assistants. But that's life.  There's no telling what's happening behind close doors, and it's obvious there's disparity between their approach.  But if DelRio handed the reigns to the OC for calling the plays, which is what an OC does, then why not give him the credit and blame?  The only thing wrong is calling him out in public. But that's what happens when you lose and frustration sets in.  Time for both to go.


Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2011 12:13 am

Del Rio 'can't speak' to O-coordinator's thinking

Typical Del Rio, he always places the blame elsewhere.  He is the Head Coach.  He is responsible for this teams dispicable performance the past several seasons.  He was never anything more than a glorified Defensive Coordinator.  How he has lasted this long is because Wayne Weaver didn't want to part with the money he signed him for.  To think, Tim Tebow should have been drafted by his hometown team and wasn't even interviewed by them.  They wouldn't have ever had to cover up seats to avoid blackouts had they drafted him.  What a travesty of a lack of organization.

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: November 21, 2011 8:00 pm

Del Rio 'can't speak' to O-coordinator's thinking

gotta feel bad for mjd. if only he had a qb.....imagine the possibilities!!!!  they dont need garrard at all! HA

Since: Jan 20, 2009
Posted on: November 21, 2011 7:18 pm

Del Rio 'can't speak' to O-coordinator's thinking

Nothing in the article offers an explanation of how Del Rio could have let 28 seconds off the clock in that situation. Unthinkably stupid! They ended up with a first down but time enough for only two plays. Who is more the dunce, Del Rio or the OC?   kt777

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: November 21, 2011 5:05 pm


del rio can't coach--he's history after this season. Jaguar fans better be worried about when their owner will move the team to LA for big money.  He's not making enough in small town jacksonville.

Since: Aug 8, 2011
Posted on: November 21, 2011 4:46 pm

Del Rio 'can't speak' to O-coordinator's thinking

Of course he cant speak TO it, he can only speak about it. 

Since: Nov 2, 2007
Posted on: November 21, 2011 4:41 pm

Del Rio 'can't speak' to O-coordinator's thinking

"This team has zero wide receivers that would start on any other team."

That's why you give your all-pro RB another crack at it.  

Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: November 21, 2011 3:42 pm

Del Rio 'can't speak' to O-coordinator's thinking

Nothing changes for Del Rio.  He always throws his assistant coaches under the bus when the heat is on.  That's why he's been thru so many assistant coaches.  His answer to everything is "fire the assistant."  Too bad Weaver is too cheap to see the real answer.

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: November 21, 2011 3:41 pm

Del Rio 'can't speak' to O-coordinator's thinking

and if the pass was caught this article wouldn't exist.  Koetter isn't the problem here.  He's a good coordinator based on the talent he has to work with.  This team has zero wide receivers that would start on any other team. 

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