Jack Del Rio Needs To Go

Jack Del Rio has shown once again he is not capable of being a head coach in the NFL.

Tuesday was the latest example of Del Rio mishandling his control over the Jaguars roster when he decided to release veteran starter David Garrard out of the blue five days before the regular season opener against the Titans.

I don’t know how Del Rio feels, but I think there is something wrong with cutting the quarterback who you tied your fate to in 2007 and rode all the way to a big contract extension in a manner like this. A contract extention that may be the only reason Del Rio is still the coach of the Jaguars.

Hours before Garrard was informed of his fate, he was presented at a Jaguars luncheon as the starting quarterback. Del Rio embarrassed the franchise that has stood by him for eight mediocre seasons by allowing them to present a guy to the community who hours later would not be on the roster.  I can only imagine the look on Garrard’s face when he was informed of his release.

This latest move is one of the many questionable moves that Del Rio has made in his tenure as the head coach in Jacksonville. Boasting only one playoff victory and a very average 65-63 record in the eight seasons he has coached so far, it seems that he has managed to change all of the parts around him several times but the end result never changes.

Del Rio is a coach with a defensive background, but the biggest problem with the Jaguars over the past four seasons has been the defense. The Jaguars have repeatedly proclaimed that the defense has been fixed and that the rebuilding process was over. Del Rio even went as far as to suggest it was his magic dust that he sprinkled on the Jaguars defense that played a role in the improvement, but after the preseason it has become apparent that the Jaguars defense is no better than it was last season. Most experts do not share Del Rio’s optimism for the Jaguars 2011 season.

It appears that the only magic act Del Rio has is his ability to keep his job despite delivering sub-par results year after year.

Now with this latest move, Del Rio has another convenient excuse to fall back on if the Jaguars stumble out of the gate in 2011. Even though Del Rio decided to cut Garrard this close to the season he will ultimately use the chaos created by the situation as his excuse for why his team isn’t performing.

Unfortunately it is too late to cut Del Rio before the season starts, but after today he has firmly placed himself under the most fire of any head coach heading into the 2011 season. Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver has been loyal to Del Rio to a fault and it has led to him alienating a portion of the fan base who has been fed up with Del Rio and his tendency to pass off blame on his coaching staff and players.

At some point Weaver has to see that the problem with his franchise may very well be Del Rio.


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  • Thomas

    Get your facts straight. 2007 we had the 2nd best defense in the league. Del Rio has a 12-4 season and an 11-5 season with a playoff win. How is that delivering sub-par results year after year? Teams go up and down. We’ve had a terrible defense the last TWO years. And that was because of age and free agents who we let go. We’ve got a young core (Knighton and Alualu) that could come close to reproducing the best DT tandem since Henderson and Stroud that took us to the second round of the playoffs in ’07. We’ve decided, finally, to spend money in free agency and after 2 years of people whining about how Garrard shouldn’t be the starter we finally cut him (THE SAME WAY WE CUT LEFTWICH BEFORE THE 11-5 ’07 SEASON!!) to save $9 million on a quarterback that MIGHT play for 1 more entire season- with Blaine replacing him next year at the latest. Wait another 3 days and you’ll find a new reason to criticize someone. Del Rio is doing his job. You should do yours.

  • Joey Farbo

    First off at no point did I say that cutting David Garrard was the wrong move for the Jaguars front office to make, I do however disagree with how the situation was ultimately handled. To your point about sub-par results, I don’t believe two playoff appearances in eight years is exactly “getting it done”. In the two seasons the Jaguars did make the playoffs, they took advantage of soft schedules and had their weakness (pass defense) exposed once they got into the playoffs. True in this era of free agency teams tend to go up and down, but the Jaguars have never made a step to becoming an elite franchise under Del Rio. I completely agree with the fact that the personnel the Jaguars have brought in over the past three season have the team heading in the right direction, but I don’t think Del Rio is capable of taking this team to the level in which they are consistent playoff contenders.
    Also in 2007, the Jaguars defense ranked 10th in total points allowed and 12th in total yards allowed so I would be interested to see where it said the Jaguars had the 2nd best defense in 2007.

  • Joey Farbo

    Del Rio gambled on Garrard in 2007 and his performance was a major reason the Jaguars got as far as they did. The 2007 run led to Del Rio getting a major contract extension that he has yet to live up to. Garrard even played well enough last season to keep the Jaguars in playoff contention despite having one of the worst defenses in the NFL. I just think Del Rio has a history of throwing other people under the bus instead of taking on some of the blame himself. Over his eight seasons the pieces around him have changed but he has been the only constant and the Jaguars have yet to get over the top.

  • PAJagsfan

    I sent an email toward the end of last season asking Vic when is too soon to start looking for a younger/better QB but got no reply. I saw the writing on the wall, and now I got my answer. I think this will be Jack’s last season in Jax regardless of the season’s outcome, and unless the Jags stop trying to blast MJD up the middle every play he’ll be done. Your body can only take so much abuse. I hope I’m wrong but I think I’m seeing the writing once again.

  • Joey Farbo

    Blaine Gabbert is definitely going to be a better passing quarterback than Garrard ever was, but you are right about Jones-Drew. If the Jaguars continue to ride Jones-Drew as hard as they have the past couple of seasons he will have nothing left by the time the passing game comes around.

  • nancy locke

    It’s been obvious since Mark Brunell’s last game as a jag that we need a coach with more class and character. Why doesn’Mr. Weaver hire Tony Boselli as head coach and be done with it? I don’t get it. David Gerrard has to be laughing up his sleeve, although no one blames Blaine Gabbert for our sad state of affairs…just hope his career potential is destroyed by being connected with this team. And Maurice Jones-Drew deserves better.