The Jack Del Rio era has come to an end.
According to Tania Ganguli of The Florida Times-Union, the Jaguars are planning a press conference today to announce the firing of Del Rio.
Jaguars defensive coordinator Mel Tucker will serve as the interim coach for the Jaguars final five games this season.
Most people who follow the Jaguars considered it a foregone conclusion that the Jaguars struggles this season would cost Del Rio his job after this season, but apparently Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver had seen enough from his embattled head coach.
Del Rio was in his ninth season at the helm of the Jaguars and was the second coach in the franchises short history. His overall record as a head coach in Jacksonville was 69-73, including only two playoff appearances and one playoff victory in his tenure.
Del Rio’s firing shows that Weaver was willing to go through with his “playoff or bust” mandate that he issued back in January when he decided to retain Del Rio for a ninth season.
The five-year contract extension that Del Rio signed following the Jaguars lone playoff win during his tenure was likely the main reason Weaver decided to not fire Del Rio following the Jaguars season ending collapse that ended up costing them a division title in 2010.
Now Del Rio only has one year left on his contract, which made it easier financially to cut ties with him.