As otherwise rumored, there will be no head coaching changes in Jacksonville, at least for another season. The Jacksonville Jaguars (8-8) announced they will retain the services of head coach Jack Del Rio for at least one more season. Del Rio, in a season-ending press conference, called his retention by owner Wayne Weaver “a rare opportunity” and is proud to have survived two rebuilding processes and the failure of a franchise quarterback in Byron Leftwich.
Keeping Del Rio was a bit of a surprise considering the Jaguars lost a chance at winning the AFC South by losing games to the Houston Texans, Washington Redskins, and, of course, the Indianapolis Colts, on the road, to end the season. In his eight seasons in Jacksonville, Del Rio has compiled a 65-63 record and has earned two playoff berths, in 2005 and 2007. He is 2-1 in playoff games, including a win in Pittsburgh in 2007. He has had just three winning seasons in Jacksonville and has survived two 5-11 seasons, the last in 2008. In comparison, Eric Mangini, coach of the Browns, was fired after two consecutive 5-11 seasons with two years on the job.
Del Rio spoke highly of Weaver’s patience and also is looking to the future with an offense that features a dominant running attack led by Maurice-Jones Drew but a defense that needs rebuilt from the ground-up. In 2010, the defense surrendered 419 points and ranked 28th in the NFL in pass defense.
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