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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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Comments

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2012 1:35 am
 

Report: Jack Del Rio to interview for Chiefs job

this guy is a proven loser. i guess i am a chiefs fan. i live in kc.  oh well another 15 years of rebuilding. at least there is tailgating.



Since: Aug 6, 2010
Posted on: January 6, 2012 1:33 am
 

Report: Jack Del Rio to interview for Chiefs job

Haley to Del Rio??? haha what a waste of time that would be.



Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2012 1:24 am
 

Report: Jack Del Rio to interview for Chiefs job

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!  Please, no, not this guy, he is horrible.  Are we really kidding ourselves here?  If KC is not going to hire Romeo, then try someone, something new please.  No Rio!



Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2012 1:08 am
 

Report: Jack Del Rio to interview for Chiefs job

He may want to "Hire" a brilliant offensive mind, not "Higher" one.



Since: Dec 21, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:27 am
 

Report: Jack Del Rio to interview for Chiefs job

Ur an idiot fred taylor never beat his wife or sold drugs it was jimmy smith ! Know your facts before you type!



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:14 am
 

Report: Jack Del Rio to interview for Chiefs job

Everytime I see Fred Taylor interviewed I alsoways get him confused with the guy who got busted for smuggling drugs and hitting his wife. OH wait...they are one in the same. Looks like Fred Taylor should keep quiet considering what a tool he is. 

 "Why do you think I'm not there?"...anyone know why Taylor said that? I'm guessing that Taylor was not a favorite of Del Rio because Taylor was a fat lazy player who could care less about being successful on the field. He was too busy breaking laws off it. :)



Since: Feb 15, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 11:49 pm
 

Report: Jack Del Rio to interview for Chiefs job

No, actually Belicick was successful in Cleveland. The media turned on him and poisoned him to the fans, and the fans bought it. The fans were pissed because he dumped Bernie Kosar. Belichick dumped Drew Bledsoe in New England, and how did that work out? It wasn't Belichick's fault the owner moved the team.



Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 11:48 pm
 

Report: Jack Del Rio to interview for Chiefs job

The defensive version of Norv Turner.



Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 11:27 pm
 

Report: Jack Del Rio to interview for Chiefs job

I pity the fool who hires Jack Del Rio.  Like Taylor said, he played favorites.  He had his best year with Tom Coughlin's players and soon got rid of the mainstays, like Mark Brunell and Fred Taylor.  He tried to make it his team and he failed miserably.  Wayne Weaver made the mistake of extending his contract after one successful season and was saddled with Del Rio thereafter.  Jacksonville should have cut their losses and fired him long ago.  He is clueless about offense.  Run, Run, Pass on third and long.  There was not a wet eye when Del Rio was fired, everyone was wondering when on earth it would ever come.  There was nothing positive about his relationship with the city either.  Tom Coughlin, the long since fired Head Coach of the Jaguars, still is consistently seen in Northeast Florida running charitable events.  They never should have let him go!



Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2012 11:17 pm
 

Report: Jack Del Rio to interview for Chiefs job

Even if by some miracle the Browns hired Bill Belichick, they still would not win anything...

Oh, wait, they DID have Belichick, and they were just as horrible as ever. So I wish people would stop blaming Crennel for what happened in Cleveland. No one would ever win a thing there, that town is cursed, the owners are cheap, and now that they have Holmgren it will get even worse because he is making stupid decisions right and left. Crennel did the best he could given the situation. He did the best anyone could. The Browns couldn't win in the AFL, CFL, and they are not even the second best football team in their own state, even in a down year, the Buckeyes would crush them.


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