Jack Del Rio has finally been fired. Defensive Coordinator Mel Tucker has been promoted to head coach for the last 5 games of 2011. In a move that suprised no one, (except for the fact that it came about 3 games too late) Jack has been shown the door. The Jaguars will now start their search for a new head coach & possibly an entirely new coaching staff as well. Most of us don't expect Dirk Koetter to return as Offensive Coordinator next season. Tucker was the lone bright spot on a otherwise less than impressive staff. Del Rio seemed to know this move was coming for the last 4 weeks. He had the look of a defeated man during his post game press conferences. Del rio was well liked by his players, but just seemed to have lost the ability to get the most out of them on gamedays.
Tucker will now have 5 games to show what he can do. i wouldn't expect him to be the head coach next year, but he will most likely remain the defensive coordinator. Del Rio's firing signals the end for most of his assistant coaches as well. Weaver will likely clean house at season's end. A few assistant coaches will have an outside chance at remaining with the team, but most have expiring contracts & will not be resigned.
So ends the Del Rio era in Jacksonville. I said he would be fired mid-season way back in week 3. It wasn't that hard to figure out what was gonna happen. Wayne Weaver has said in the past that "the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over & over while expecting different results." Weaver has officially stopped the insanity in Jacksonville. Most fans can agree that Del Rio's coaching wasn't getting the desired results anymore. Hopefully, the Jaguars can play loose for the final 5 games. There is no pressure now. They have been eliminated from any post season play already. Some fans will rejoice in jack being fired, some will mourn his inevitable release. Either way, Jack has been told to hit the road for good. Don't let the door hit you in the ass on your way out. Thanks for 8 years of mediocrity.