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Jaguars fire Jack Del Rio

Posted on: November 29, 2011 9:35 am
Edited on: November 29, 2011 11:11 am
Jacksonville hired Jack Del Rio in 2003. Tuesday he was given his walking papers. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Jack Del Rio was 40 years old when the Jaguars hired him in 2003. Successful stints as the Ravens linebackers coach and the Panthers defensive coordinator paved the way for his first head-coaching gig in Jacksonville. Eight year later, the Jags are 3-8, a team without an identity, and Tuesday Del Rio was fired,'s Mike Freeman confirmed.

Jack Del Rio Fired
Assistant Mel Tucker will take over for the rest of the season.

Del Rio went all in when he cut David Garrard days before the regular-season opener (and weeks after he had already named Garrard his starter) and installed Luke McCown at quarterback. The results were predictably disastrous. Even though Jacksonville beat the Titans in Week 1, they have the worst offense in the league, according to Football Outsiders' efficiency metrics.

Clearly, much of that has to do with the decision to start McCown, and then replace him with rookie first-rounder Blaine Gabbert. But it's not like Jacksonville is the only team playing a young, inexperienced quarterback this season. The Panthers, Bengals, Vikings and to a lesser extent, the Broncos all have had success using that strategy.'s Pete Prisco writes that Del Rio "is proof of what happens when you are married to an outdated offense. You can't win. When Del Rio was hired as coach, owner Wayne Weaver said, 'no more three yards and a cloud of dust.' Now they have a 'two-yards-and-punt offense' instead."

Del Rio and his Reebok suit are out. (AP)
Also not helping: Del Rio appearing to mail it in long before he was fired. During Week 11's eminently winnable game against the almost-as-hapless Browns, last-drive play-calling sealed the Jags' fate. Afterward, Del Rio explained the decision to throw near the goal line instead of giving the ball to their best player, running back Maurice Jones-Drew:

“Our offensive coordinator [Dirk Koetter] calls the plays. I can’t speak to his thinking. You’ll have to get with him.”

As we wrote in last week's Coach Killers, Del Rio's remarks roughly translate to: "I checked out of this job in September and I'm just going through the motions until I'm officially canned. I almost forgot we had a game Sunday."

We were kidding, obviously, but sources told Prisco that Del "Rio was coming into the office this year at around 9 a.m. most days and leaving early." That's straight out of the Steve Spurrier NFL coaching guide and we all know how that ended.

In his eight-plus seasons, the Jags were 68-71, making the playoffs twice, and winning once. His best season came in 2005 when Jacksonville was 12-4. Prior to the 3-8 start in 2011, the Del Rio's worst seasons came in 2003 (his first) and 2008, both 5-11 finishes.

Well, it seems that Del Rio got what he wanted. Keep choppin' wood, Jack.

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Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:26 pm

Jaguars fire Jack Del Rio

Just read some posts here...
Lonegunman...Blahaha!  But I think you are wrong.  A lot of people would have won at least one game as the colts coach, so they don't qualify as being able to go 0-11.  Also Zombie Monroe would be 3-8. What an inspiration she would be.
Also LA has a beach. Santa Monica is right down the canyon roads which are a blast to drive.  It's all one giant city. 

Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:07 pm

Jaguars fire Jack Del Rio

Haha A-hole Del you are out of work like Garrand Leftwich (well not really Leftwich).

Should have stuck with Leftwich and you still might have a J-o-b...

Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:06 pm

Jaguars fire Jack Del Rio

Haha A-hole Del you are out of work like rand Leftwich (well not really Leftwich).

Should have stuck with Leftwich and you still might have a J-o-b...

Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2011 9:09 am

Jaguars fire Jack Del Rio

At least Weaver took the time to fire himself with Del Rio.  This franchise needed new ownership, and now they can make a clean break from the past.

Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 8:27 am

Jaguars fire Jack Del Rio

Jaguars fire Jack Del Rio . . . . . . it was just a matter of time , no surprise here.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 2:05 am

Jaguars fire Jack Del Rio

I feel Bad for the Jaguar Fans, this Team could have been a Contender if they had 2Good QBs and better WRs. When Garrard was cut, the writing on the Wall was there. If the Jags can go get  better QBs & WRs and a new Train Wreck Attitude on DEF they will be a Team to wreckon with. 

Since: Nov 30, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 1:06 am

Jaguars fire Jack Del Rio

You have no idea what your talking about..your spewing garbage your hear on sports radio that other morons have no idea of what they are talking about..The fans support the team, the Owner was spending money.  The problem that cursed Jack Del Rio was the old GM.  He was the guy that brought in all those #1 draft Picsa that were busts..Shack Harris had all say in what and who was being drafted and brought in.  He is now gone and is not working in the NFL your moron.  The JAguars have not had a blackout and have sold EVERY game since 2009.  I guess your next smart ass remark will be about the covered seats..Well let me enlighten you...The stadium was built not just for the JAguars dip was built fot the Gator Bowl, The Acc Championship Games and the Georgia Florida Game..As most people should know those games draw over 80k people..there is no NFL stadium that holds 80k people that I know of..and the stdium is also designed to bring in more seats for those gasmes..So before you goin running off at the mouth about things you know NOTHING about..why dont you check your facts..oh,,,and dont think you will be seeing the Jaguars in LA..another mornic statement..Why would the team leave here..low taxes, no state income tax...the state isnt broke, low corporate taxes..a GREAT fanbase not to men tion we have a BEACH..many players and coaches in at the beach..what the hell does LA offer..Nothing

Since: Feb 17, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2011 1:02 am

Jaguars fire Jack Del Rio

The Jaguars fire Del Rio, but Jim Caldwell is still coach of the Colts?  Caldwell should have been the first coach fired this year.
Anyone else making statements like this should take the time to think first.

How smart would you look if you fired a coach in his first season he did not to make the playoffs?

Or fire a coach after the first year his team did not win the division.

After he lost what may be the best QB in football. For sure in the top 3.

Not saying it could not happen but it sure looks like the ranting of a loon and action of a moron.
Ok, let's think about this really, really hard.  Put on your thinking cap sigma alpha!  Caldwell is getting paid $3.5 million this year.  The Colts are 0-11.  I realize that's not near as much as your salary, and Caldwell has earned every penny.  But let's make a list of people qualified to coach the Colts to a 0-11 season:  1. Everybody in the world.  Yup, that's right, you can fill in the Colt's Coach ______ blank with anybody and get an 0-11 start.  Go ahead, try it.  "Coach Rainman has led the Colts to a 0-11 start."  It really works!  And guess what, it doesn't even have to be a person that's alive, or even a human being.  Try it with Marilyn Monroe or Lassie.  The ironic thing, is that you wouldn't have to pay Lassie $3.5 M to lose every game.  You could have hired a Pacer's ball boy.  After every loss, just have him announce in the press conference, "We lost because Peyton Manning is injured. The offense, defense and special teams didn't play very well.  I was busy playing Angry Birds on the sideline. Can I go back to the clubhouse and have a beer with the BoSox pitchers?"

Since: May 16, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 8:00 pm

Jaguars fire Jack Del Rio

Cowher or Dungy coaching Jags next season? Or which is more likely? Also, next offensive Coordinator, who replaces Dork?

Since: May 16, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 8:00 pm

Jaguars fire Jack Del Rio

GOOD! THANK GOD!!! (Think Bill Irwin, "the old man", Seinfeld episode). HALLELUJAH! CLAP, CLAP, CLAP!

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