|Taylor played for Coughlin and Del Rio in Jacksonville. (Getty Images)|
Posted by Ryan Wilson
Jack Del Rio coached in Jacksonville for more than eight seasons. He went 68-71 and twice took the Jaguars to the playoffs. On Tuesday, after a 3-8 start, he was fired.
We joked on the Pick-6 Podcast that maybe Tom Coughlin should get the gig for 2012 (he was the Jags' first coach in 1995 and he led them to two AFC Championship games before he was canned in '02) and bring Mark Brunell, Jimmy Smith and Fred Taylor back with him.
|Jack Del Rio Fired|
It's unlikely (especially since Coughlin is still employed by the Giants) but Taylor, who spent 11 seasons in Jacksonville -- five with Coughlin, the last six with Del Rio -- spoke recently about the differences between the two coaches.
"With Coughlin, if you came in, if you overstep, you're screwed," Taylor told ThePostGame.com's Eric Adelson. "With Jack, you never knew what you were getting. You don’t know if you’ll get a hard-ass one day, a buddy-buddy one day. You never really knew."
Hours after Del Rio was fired, Jags running back Maurice Jones-Drew told reporters that Del Rio was "a players coach." Taylor agreed … to a point.
"He was able to take care of the players somewhat," he said. "After that, after the next five years, it was a lot of gray area, which later in my career I didn't buy into."
Adelson asked Taylor if Del Rio played favorites.
"Hell yeah," he said. "Why do you think I'm not there? … At the end of the day, [Del Rio]'s not a head coach. He's a great defensive coach. But he's not a head coach."
Taylor added that "there was a lot of gray area" on offense which went a long way in explaining the team's struggles to move the ball. It also shed some light on why Del Rio was in such a hurry to point out that he had no role in play-calling after a bizarre series ended the Jags-Browns game a few weeks ago.
Taylor spent the final two years of his NFL career with the Patriots where he was a part-time player on some pretty good teams.
"Ninety percent of my enjoyment in New England was due to Coach Belichick -- the respect he demanded," Taylor said. "If you were the vet or the first-year guy, he yelled at you the same, chewed you out the same. Same thing with Coach Coughlin."
Maybe it's a coincidence (it's not), but both those guys have Super Bowl titles and jobs.
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