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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: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: November 21, 2011 3:19 pm

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

Hey Josh, "Gabbert missed on a fade pass for ," THAT'S BS....  Hill didn't catch it!

Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: November 21, 2011 3:16 pm

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

Hopefully by now people appreciate Garrard's ability to play the QB position. Gabbert, with the same supporting cast, is playing as one of the worst QBs in the league. Garrard had top half stats and won games with those same bums around him. MoJo can't do everything and Garrard did great to manage to have a QB rating in the 80s consistently. Actually getting a 73 QB rating out of these guys would be an accomplishment.

Since: Nov 2, 2007
Posted on: November 21, 2011 3:16 pm

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

Poor clock management comes down to head coaching. Del Rio can over rule any call he wants, offense or defense. he could have called time out on first down and discussed the play with Koetter, they could have spiked the ball to stop the clock, as well. it was a four down situation down 4 points, you run up to the line, spike it, give MJD another shot at it, and you still have a time out in your pocket. Dumb.

Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: November 21, 2011 3:08 pm

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

Merely a lame-duch coach going through the motions on his way out the door. The head coach, if he worth a crap, will always take the blame when things go wrong...Del Rio needs to get out of Jax and take some time off and then maybe be a D coordinator somewhere, but he has shown he cannot handle being in change of an entire team. It wouldv'e made more sense letting him go when Girard got the axe.

Since: Nov 14, 2011
Posted on: November 21, 2011 3:07 pm

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

The bottom line is Del Rio will be fired and he needs to be by cutting Garad and saying Gabbert or Mcnown gives the Jags the best chance to win. Gabbert is garbage and never should have been drafted in the 1st round and will be out the league in a few yrs. He shows no signs of being a leader or reading defenses and getting the job done. He was so so at Missouri and in big game situations against top teams in the big 12 he came up short almsot all the time. The jags have a great running game and a above average TE and they don't have a true #1 WR but they do have a good #2 in Thomas so Gabbert should be able to easy manage the game and make a few plays but he can't even do that! As I stated he is showing no signs of improving. All the other rookie QB's have had their moment! Gabbert is a project at best and his work ethnic is a big question mark! Can you say BUST!!!!!

Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: November 21, 2011 3:02 pm

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

Wayne Weaver, why haven't you fired this man yet?  Seriously?  Now he's just begging for it.

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