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Report: Jack Del Rio to interview for Chiefs job

Posted on: January 5, 2012 10:08 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2012 8:33 am
 
Could Jack Del Rio be the next Todd Haley? (US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

We didn't see this coming: Former Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio will interview for the Chiefs' head-coaching job Friday, according to Kansas City's KCTV5.

Jacksonville fired Del Rio in late November after a 3-8 start. It was his eighth season with the Jaguars and he left with a 68-71 record, including two playoff appearances. But the Jags under Del Rio hadn't finished above .500 since 2007, a four-year span that included two 5-11 finishes (including '11, when they went 2-3 with Mel Tucker as the interim head coach). And sources told CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco that Del Rio had lost his drive, showing up to work at 9 a.m., which is swell for your garden-variety sedentary pencil pusher but equivalent to banker's hours for an NFL head coach.

Former Jaguars running back Fred Taylor, who played for Tom Coughlin and Del Rio before ending his career with Bill Belichick and the Patriots, said that Del Rio played favorites and that contributed to his downfall.

"Why do you think I'm not there?" Taylor asked the ThePostGame.com's Eric Adelson shortly after Del Rio was canned. "… 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."

Also not helping Del Rio: the Jaguars' dreadful offense, exacerbated by a rookie quarterback and zero playmakers outside of Maurice Jones-Drew. But it's not like the Chiefs are an offensive juggernaut. They "featured" Matt Cassel, Tyler Palko and Kyle Orton under center at various points this season. Yes, Del Rio, a defensive coach, could higher a brilliant offensive mind to turn things around but if that's the thinking, why hire Del Rio at all? Just hire the brilliant offensive mind.

Or, if general manager Scott Pioli is interested in a defensive-minded head coach in the Belichick mold, here's a thought: give the job to Romeo Crennel, the Chiefs' defensive coordinator who took over after Todd Haley was fired late in the season. Crennel has the support of his players and he did something no other team had been able to do in 12 months: beat the Packers.

Kansas City has also interviewed Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin are are reportedly interested in speaking with Falcons' OC Mike Mularkey.

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Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2012 6:05 pm
 

Report: Jack Del Rio to interview for Chiefs job

Del Rio has no business coaching anywhere in the NFL.  His Jaguar teams were always mediocre to pathetic.  He had like one or two decent years in early 2000s and crap before and after.  He hung on about 3 years too long in Jacksonville.  He shouldn't even be interviewed by a team that wants to win.  Del Rio needs to prove himself elsewhere, either as a college coach or assistant or NFL position coach or coordinator (if he has that ability).

Crennel might not be perfect for the job, but the Chiefs aren't on either coast and that in of itself rules out some of the more big city types that want all the amenities.  The Chiefs need a blue collar coach that is with the times (willing to find an aggressive offensive, not ultra-conservative run-run-pass-punt crap).  Crennel can work wonders on a defense, he just needs to be willing to find a young coordinator that has shown ability to adapt and adjust.  The Chiefs have a solid group of younger talent, a few more pieces and solid coordinators and they can win the second worst division in football easily next year (worst is NFC West). 



Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2012 7:46 pm
 

Report: Jack Del Rio to interview for Chiefs job

are the Chiefs serious? I guess they went to be average for the next 5 years. I would hope they would at least interview Jeff Fisher.


 They interviewed Fisher and he isn't interested. Del Rio won't be the hire either.



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2012 2:21 pm
 

Report: Jack Del Rio to interview for Chiefs job

there is no "reverse" to the rooney rule....they dont have to interview any "non-minority" candidates...but they do have to interview at least one "minority".  This is a racist rule in itself.  I think the Chiefs brass just want to give the impression that they are doing a search for a coach, and will ultimately keep Crennel.  If they dont, what are the odds of Crennel staying on as DC?



Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2012 1:59 pm
 

Report: Jack Del Rio to interview for Chiefs job

are the Chiefs serious? I guess they went to be average for the next 5 years. I would hope they would at least interview Jeff Fisher.



Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: January 6, 2012 1:57 pm
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Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:17 pm
 

Report: Jack Del Rio to interview for Chiefs job

Didnt Del Rio play for the Chefs? Just sayin!



Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:08 pm
 

Report: Jack Del Rio to interview for Chiefs job

Jack come onn Pioli!! don´t you get that he doesn´t know how to play well a QB, let Crennel start the season and with a full team next year you might find your Belichik in him. 
It is so dum to think Jack del Rio its your answer, he is a good leader but not  a great motivator.  it will be terrible for Chiefs Fans if they do hire him.. 



Since: Sep 6, 2010
Posted on: January 6, 2012 11:53 am
 

Report: Jack Del Rio to interview for Chiefs job

Chiefs new head coach. Two words:
Romeo Crennel.


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Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: January 6, 2012 10:45 am
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Since: Mar 16, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2012 10:37 am
 

Report: Jack Del Rio to interview for Chiefs job

Success and failure in the NFL is determned by wins and loses. Belicick's record in Cleveland was 36-44 with one winning season. By NFL standards his tenure was a failure. Fans were pissed that his followed his one winning season with a 5-11 record. In fact, Crennel had one winning season while in Cleveland and was fired the following year after his team finished 4-12.


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