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Potential Jack Del Rio replacements + expert chat

Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:07 am
Edited on: December 29, 2011 5:30 pm
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Posted by Will Brinson and Ryan Wilson

The early list of candidates to replace Jack Del Rio is long and varied. (US PRESSWIRE)

Jack Del Rio's out in Jacksonville and that means it's time for everyone's favorite rollercoaster ride: the coaching carousel! JDR's been replaced by defensive coordinator Mel Tucker for the rest of 2011, and Jacksonville represents an interesting situation because most folks believe they're not capable of landing a "big-name coach."

However, all the usuals are on our list, as well as some names you might want to keep an eye on. If you think we missed someone who's a viable candidate, leave them in the comments or tell us on our new Facebook page.

Jack Del Rio Fired

Mel Tucker, DC, Jaguars

Tucker's the interim coach for the Jaguars after serving as defensive coordinator for Jacksonville for the past three years, and that gives him a leg up on everyone else in Jacksonville's coaching search. Tucker's teams haven't been top flight the entire time he's been in J-Vegas, but the Jaguars 2011 defense is one of the best in the NFL, ranking fifth in points allowed and fourth in yards allowed in the league. That's even more impressive considering how terrible the Jaguars offense has been. A strong close to the season could vault Tucker to the top of Gene Smith's list.


Dirk Koetter, OC, Jaguars

Koetter didn't get the interim coach label (it went to Tucker instead) for Jacksonville, which doesn't bode well for his future with the club. But he's got head coaching experience at the college level, running Boise State from 1998-2000 and Arizona State 2001-2006. Of course, the downside of Koetter is that he's been running the Jaguars offense since 2007 and, with the exception of 2008, it's been a below-average unit since he's gotten there. If Koetter can get Blaine Gabbert and the offense to show some life over the final five games, he'll be a strong candidate, if Tucker doesn't beat him out.

Jay Gruden, OC, Bengals

Even though Gruden's in just his first year as an NFL coach, he's already become a hot name as a possibility for future head-coaching jobs. His work with a Bengals offense that features two rookies -- Andy Dalton and A.J. Green -- as the centerpieces can't be ignored, and Cincy's success 11 games into the year vastly outweighs the fact that Gruden spent the previous decade or so years coaching in the UFL.

Rob Ryan, DC, Cowboys

Though Ryan has drawn a lot of attention for his mouth in Dallas, he's also drawn a lot of attention for the success of his defense. His brother is succeeding as a head coach in New York, obviously, and it's believed to be only a matter of time until Rob gets a chance. Don't sleep on him being the only coach who might actually increase ticket sales, too. The biggest question might be whether the Jaguars prefer an offensive guy heading up the team.

Rob Chudzinksi, OC, Panthers

"Chud" took his first coordinator gig this season when he followed Ron Rivera from San Diego to Carolina to serve as offensive coordinator of the Panthers. And he's drawn plenty of attention with the work he and his staff have done with Cam Newton, one of the most prolific rookie quarterbacks in NFL history. If the Jaguars believed Chudzinski could have the same effect on Gabbert as he did Cam in 2011, they'll certainly be interested in at least adding him to the short (?) list of potential candidates.

Jeff Fisher, former Titans head coach

Until he was fired last season by the Titans, Fisher was the NFL's longest tenured coach having been on the sidelines in Tennessee (and before they moved, Houston) for 17 years. He's well respected by his players and clearly capable of building a winner over the long haul. His background is as a defensive coach, but the Titans' offense had little trouble matriculating the ball down the field with the right personnel (see Eddie George and Steve McNair, for example). Xs and Os are important, but more important is motivating a team in dire need of direction.

Bill Cowher, CBS Sports NFL analyst, former Steelers head coach

The former Steelers coach said earlier this season that he had no plans on coaching in 2012, but like most things, plans can change depending on the circumstances. In this case, we're guessing Cowher would need 10 million or so circumstances to nudge him back onto the sidelines. Jacksonville isn't as glamorous as, say, Miami or New York, cities with other possible job openings at the end of the year, but presumably Cowher will be motivated by more than the local Zagat's guide. The Jags have played like an uninspired bunch in 2011 and while Cowher may not possess the tactical acumen of, say, Bill Belichick, he is, above all else, inspirational. Plus, there's a good chance Cowher will bring some of the Steelers front office with him wherever he ends up, which means built-in roster depth and salary-cap savvy.

Brian Billick, FOX Sports NFL analyst, former Ravens head coach

Billick got his job with the Ravens because he was hailed as something of an offensive mastermind during his OC-ing days with the Vikings (not hurting that perception: Cris Carter, Randy Moss and Randall Cunningham). He's not much into developing quarterbacks he was also responsible for drafting, but Gabbert's already there. Maybe he'd have better success if he wasn't actually burdened with selecting the player, too. Either way, Billick was a winner in Baltimore even if it wasn't always pretty. He's been out of coaching since 2008 but it's only a matter of time before he gets another chance.

Brian Schottenheimer, Jets OC

The list of hot young coordinators isn't as long as it once was. Crash-and-burns from the likes of Eric Mangini and Josh McDaniels tempered some of the "let's go young!" enthusiasm temporarily favored by owners and front-office types. But Schottenheimer, despite the annual criticism, is considered an up-and-comer with the Jets. That offense, with Mark Sanchez under center, is far from high-powered, instead built around the run. They've had success with that philosophy, twice making it to the AFC Championship game, but the "ground and pound" approach relies on a stout defense. The Jags have the makings of that, although it's not clear Schottenheimer would be able to get the most out of Gabbert or Jacksonville's offense.

Russ Grimm, Cardinals associated head coach

Just over four years ago, Grimm was in line to replace Cowher in Pittsburgh and widely considered head-coaching material. He lost out to Mike Tomlin for the Steelers gig and has been the associate head coach in Arizona ever since. He was an offensive lineman during his playing career and he would bring a certain toughness the Jags have lost this season. He's not a top candidate but there's no guarantee the Jags will be able to land their No. 1 choice.

Wild Card: Tom Coughlin, Giants head coach

Apparently, Coughlin's on the hot seat in New York, although that seems silly given that the Giants have been besieged with injuries and bad luck. It's not like he's lost the team, but should he get canned, Coughlin could be worth a long look to return to the place where it all started for Jacksonville. He was the franchise's first coach, from 1995-2002, and he led them to two AFC Championship appearances, and in 1999, a 14-2 record.

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Since: Jun 19, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2011 3:08 pm
 

Potential Jack Del Rio replacements + expert chat

Not Bill Cowher... Look, if Cowher wanted to coach again, he'd be in line for a lot sweeter gig than Jacksonville that will likely have openings (New York, Philly, Miami, Kansas City, San Diego) .  Teams with seemingly safe coaches would even have to consider a change (Tampa, Tennessee, Minnesota) if Cowher were on the market. 

The problem for Jacksonville is that if it comes down to a choice between Jacksonville and any other franchise other than maybe St Louis or possibly Cincinatti, the candidate will take the other team.  New owner, quality-but-undersized fanbase, potential move looming... that's going to be a tough-sell.  And if Cowher throws his hat in, he will have half-a-dozen teams interested.



Since: Sep 7, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2011 1:52 pm
 

Potential Jack Del Rio replacements + expert chat

I'd like to make a correction regarding the "Chud" comment that he got his first coordinator job in Carolina.  Did you forget he was OC at Cleveland for 2 years?  His first season was the year the browns went 10-6.



Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 1:26 pm
 

Potential Jack Del Rio replacements + expert chat

Man, I pity Jets fans for having Rex Ryan as a coach. I'd really feel bad for Jacksonville getting his brother, Thunderdouche.



Since: Mar 11, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 1:03 pm
 

Potential Jack Del Rio replacements + expert chat

I don't really think the new owner should be in a big hurry to hire a new coach... it's not like he's got to recruit players!  Why not wait until the playoffs are over and then go make Joe Philbin or Peter Carmichael Jr an offer they can't refuse... Cool



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 6:22 pm
 

So who replaces Jack Del Rio? An early look

understand some of your ideas MW, but not on Turner and Leach.
well, i dont see Leach, he's a darkhorse canadiate and i think he WOULD be good for Gabbert (who played in a similar spread offense), but i dont see it, Turner i DO see, he will likely be fired and the Jags want an offensive coach and i see them getting basically what's left because coaches arent going to be begging for THAT job.
After his time with the Redskins I would think you would have seen too much of Turner as HC.
oh, TRUST me, i dont think he's a good head coach, not at all, i just THINK he will go to Jacksonville due to him being a good QB mind.
The problems this year with Rivers leads me to think Norv would do better if he could focus on this QB and the offense. That's the OC's job.

i agree, he's a GREAT offensive coordinator and would like to see him in somewhere like Denver or a place to help a QB out.
Now I love what Zimmer brings
i do too, BUT i think the issue will be that Jags will LIKELY want an offensive coach after having a defensive coach for years.
and I think John Gruden would take the job if the thinks Gabbert is the real deal. I think he has more upside and is better than what is in Miami this year. Jacksonville is like Miami, sound defense, with better pieces on offense to build upon.

i think Jon Gruden SHOULD go to Jacksonville and honestly, if i was an offensive coach, i would go there. really, i think the Jags have the talent to win with, the issue with the jags is more at WR, people will blame Gabbert, but i think it's what's around him, give Gabbert a Justin Blackmon and i think the Jags offense improves quickly.
Agree with most of the others except Leach. I don't see him as a pro coaching prospect at all.
i dont think Leach GOES to the nfl, but it would be interesting at least and i wont be shocked if they got him, BUT i dont see them getting him, i think Leach should go to UNC and coach up them, but Leach is an interesting name and likely would also sell tickets. For THIS team, you have to remember that there's new ownership and he will likely go after someone who can coach up an offense and develop a QB, that's why i see it being Norv even if i think it's a mistake. NOW, personally, the coach i like is Steve Sarkisian who worked under Carroll at USC and is at Washington, i think he would do ok in the NFL.




Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 3:04 pm
 

So who replaces Jack Del Rio? An early look

Since 11coach11 can't figure out who he was talking to, I will respond to him as his post followed mine.

YOUR AN IDIOT!!!  THERE WILL ALSO BE ONE LESS AA COACH NEXT YEAR AS THE ONE IN INDY WILL BE FIRED.

EXAMPLE OF GREAT COACHING

NEW ENGLAND LOSES TOM BRADY 1ST WEEK OF SEASON 3-4 YEARS AGO AN BILL BILCHICK TAKES A QB WHO HADN'T THROWN A PASS SINCE HIGH SCHOOL AND WINS 11 GAMES
INDY LOSES MANNING WELL BEFORE THE SEASON STARTS AND WILL NO DOUBT GO 0-16 WITH MORE TALENT THAN NEW ENGLAND HAD THE YEAR THEY LOST BRADY.  DON'T HIRE THEM JUST BECAUSE THEY ARE BLACK HIRE THE BEST QUALIFIED/CANDIDATE
I am sure you were not yelling at me, but next time try using "you're" unless you are saying I "OWN" an idiot. I have had several here.

Sure Caldwell will be fired? Sure Indy has/had MORE talent than NE. No doubt Belichick did one of the best coaching job that year.

Yet, you are not even smart enough to know how to spell the coach's name? Not too bright.

Did you not see that Caldwell's record after this season (0-16) will still be better than Belichick's in his first 3 years? Dumb.

I will repost items from another story on this and another deep thinker.

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 rantings of a loon and actions of a moron.

And for 11coach11, I have seen enough of his post to know what his real issue is.



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Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 2:46 pm
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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 2:19 pm
 

So who replaces Jack Del Rio? An early look

I understand some of your ideas MW, but not on Turner and Leach. Like I said great OC and the reason you gave just deal with that and not the total job of head coach.

After his time with the Redskins I would think you would have seen too much of Turner as HC. Lots of "close but not quite" seasons. The problems this year with Rivers leads me to think Norv would do better if he could focus on this QB and the offense. That's the OC's job.

Throw out Oakland because you can never be sure why he failed there. The talent he has in SD now and when he started is awesome.

He has never done a great job managing the game and seems unsure in closing minutes. The 53 yard FG attempt with Denver following his fear of letting Rivers throw to get his kicker closer is the latest flop. Giving a team a short field in OT is foolish.

Now I love what Zimmer brings and I think John Gruden would take the job if the thinks Gabbert is the real deal. I think he has more upside and is better than what is in Miami this year. Jacksonville is like Miami, sound defense, with better pieces on offense to build upon.

Agree with most of the others except Leach. I don't see him as a pro coaching prospect at all. The fact that his QBs from Texas Tech have all failed as NFL QBs shows me nothing to prepare him for the NFL. I love him as a college coach and I feel sure he will get a job in the next 6 weeks. But for the NFL, I think he is just like Steve Spurrier. Another great offensive mind in college that will not work at the next level.



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 1:23 pm
 

So who replaces Jack Del Rio? An early look

I don't think Norv Turner will ever get another head coaching job. Great OC with no way to cover how he has failed to get this team to Super Bowl.
i think the Jags would be interested in Turner, it actually makes sense because Gabbert is young and Turner is pretty good at working with young QBs, will this take them to a super bowl, not likely.
Perry Fewell, Giants DC.  He's a hot name (though the Giants are doing their annual late-season collapse again) was the interim coach at Buffalo between Dick Jauron and Chan Gailey.
if i were the Jaguars i would NOT even interview this guy. i think he's overrated a tad bit.
Eric Studesville, Broncos running backs coach.  Minority coach.  Allowed Tebow to be Tebow as Broncos' interim coach last three games of 2010 season.
i dont see this either, unless they trade Gabbert for Tim Tebow.
Mike Nolan, Dolphins DC.  Probably deserves another chance at HC job.  Has Dolphins defense playing better after 0-7 start.
i dont think this should be even thought about, i like Sarkisian better as an idea.
Mike Zimmer, Bengals DC.  Hot name this season as Cincy is doing well.  Name comes up on occasion for HC openings.
this is a dark horse, i dont think it would be a bad hire, do i see them doing it. no
Mike Leach, former coach at Texas Tech.  Wants to coach really bad.  Could bring fast-moving spread offense to NFL.  Would be interesting to see if that would work.
i would LOVE for this hire to be made. the Jaguars need interesting and Leach is at least going to be that and it would also likely help Gabbert's growth as a QB.
Jim Mora, former Falcons & Seahawks coach.  Talked himself out of Atlanta, got a raw deal in Seattle.  Could bring stability to JAX. Defensive-minded coach; would need a good OC.
this wouldnt be an awful move, but i dont see it happening.
Jon Gruden, former Raiders & Bucs coach.  Sure, he signed an extension with ESPN but getting out of that is what a good attorney is for.
this would be the best move for them, but i dont see him leaving MNF for this job, maybe Miami.
Josh McDaniels, Rams assistant. After he decimated the Broncos, don't know why he would be hired again but he's young and someone might take a flyer on him.  Who knows?
this would also be an interesting move and i havent ruled this one out at all, but i dont see it. out of all your names you have listed, i like Leach the best as i think it would be an interesting move and that's what Jacksonville lacks, and that's part of the reason their ticket sales are down.



Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 1:04 pm
 

So who replaces Jack Del Rio? An early look

Perry Fewell, Giants DC.  He's a hot name (though the Giants are doing their annual late-season collapse again) was the interim coach at Buffalo between Dick Jauron and Chan Gailey.

Eric Studesville, Broncos running backs coach.  Minority coach.  Allowed Tebow to be Tebow as Broncos' interim coach last three games of 2010 season.

Mike Nolan, Dolphins DC.  Probably deserves another chance at HC job.  Has Dolphins defense playing better after 0-7 start.

Mike Zimmer, Bengals DC.  Hot name this season as Cincy is doing well.  Name comes up on occasion for HC openings.

Mike Leach, former coach at Texas Tech.  Wants to coach really bad.  Could bring fast-moving spread offense to NFL.  Would be interesting to see if that would work.

Jim Mora, former Falcons & Seahawks coach.  Talked himself out of Atlanta, got a raw deal in Seattle.  Could bring stability to JAX. Defensive-minded coach; would need a good OC.

Jon Gruden, former Raiders & Bucs coach.  Sure, he signed an extension with ESPN but getting out of that is what a good attorney is for.

Josh McDaniels, Rams assistant. After he decimated the Broncos, don't know why he would be hired again but he's young and someone might take a flyer on him.  Who knows?


Those are my under-the-radar names.


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