Jack Del Rio is currently the interim head coach for the Denver Broncos. It has been rumored that he has already interviewed to be the next USC Trojans head football coach. However, did Del Rio already lose the job before he is even hired?
In the much-hyped Sunday Night Game of the Week, the Broncos had a 24-0 halftime lead over the New England Patriots. The Broncos went on to lose in overtime 34-31. With many eyes watching, including possibly some in Southern California, could it have been a costly loss for Del Rio in more ways then one?
With Peyton Manning as your quarterback, an interim coaching’s task should be fairly simple. The formula should be to let your quarterback (who is pretty darn good) do his thing, sit back, and just watch and smile. No matter what the elements are, or who the opposing team or quarterback is, you should not lose a 24-point halftime lead. The Old Spice commercial with the slogan “You took a 40-minute shower and missed the second half of the game” suddenly comes to mind.
Del Rio has a losing record all-time as a head coach, along with a losing playoff record. Currently with a similar interim tag, Ed Orgeron has a 6-1 record with the Trojans.
It is rumored that Athletic Director Pat Haden prefers either an alum or big-time draw to be the next head coach. While Del Rio is a USC alum, would he ultimately be a good fit? What is to say that down the line in a game in South Bend, where elements could be a factor, that the same tendencies will not resurface? If the Trojans hope to get back to National Championships, the head coach will need to find a way to win the big-time games.
It is likely that Haden will not name a new head coach until after the season is over. However, Orgeron currently has his program buying in and winning, while Del Rio now has a well-televised bad loss. It is a good thing that no boxes have been packed yet.
Nick Schaeflein is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ptchr2424 or add him to your network on Google.