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Report: Jack Del Rio to interview for Chiefs job

Posted on: January 5, 2012 10:08 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2012 8:33 am
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Could Jack Del Rio be the next Todd Haley? (US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

We didn't see this coming: Former Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio will interview for the Chiefs' head-coaching job Friday, according to Kansas City's KCTV5.

Jacksonville fired Del Rio in late November after a 3-8 start. It was his eighth season with the Jaguars and he left with a 68-71 record, including two playoff appearances. But the Jags under Del Rio hadn't finished above .500 since 2007, a four-year span that included two 5-11 finishes (including '11, when they went 2-3 with Mel Tucker as the interim head coach). And sources told CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco that Del Rio had lost his drive, showing up to work at 9 a.m., which is swell for your garden-variety sedentary pencil pusher but equivalent to banker's hours for an NFL head coach.

Former Jaguars running back Fred Taylor, who played for Tom Coughlin and Del Rio before ending his career with Bill Belichick and the Patriots, said that Del Rio played favorites and that contributed to his downfall.

"Why do you think I'm not there?" Taylor asked the ThePostGame.com's Eric Adelson shortly after Del Rio was canned. "… At the end of the day, [Del Rio]'s not a head coach. He's a great defensive coach. But he's not a head coach."

Also not helping Del Rio: the Jaguars' dreadful offense, exacerbated by a rookie quarterback and zero playmakers outside of Maurice Jones-Drew. But it's not like the Chiefs are an offensive juggernaut. They "featured" Matt Cassel, Tyler Palko and Kyle Orton under center at various points this season. Yes, Del Rio, a defensive coach, could higher a brilliant offensive mind to turn things around but if that's the thinking, why hire Del Rio at all? Just hire the brilliant offensive mind.

Or, if general manager Scott Pioli is interested in a defensive-minded head coach in the Belichick mold, here's a thought: give the job to Romeo Crennel, the Chiefs' defensive coordinator who took over after Todd Haley was fired late in the season. Crennel has the support of his players and he did something no other team had been able to do in 12 months: beat the Packers.

Kansas City has also interviewed Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin are are reportedly interested in speaking with Falcons' OC Mike Mularkey.

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Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2012 10:56 pm
 

Report: Jack Del Rio to interview for Chiefs job

Hiring an offensive-minded head coach doesn't guarantee improvement on offense. Brian Billick was hailed as an offensive genius as Minnesota's OC, but Baltimore's offense was very average when he was head coach there. The Ravens won by the strength of their defense. The best thing is to hire the right LEADER for the team as head coach, regardless of which side of the ball he coached. Then surround him with a good offensive mind as OC, keep Crennel as DC, add a few pieces to the OL, and pray that the offensive players can stay healthy. 



Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2012 10:52 pm
 

Report: Jack Del Rio to interview for Chiefs job

Chargers fans will be super happy to see Jack Del Rio get the job.  More job security for Norv and AJ. 
Worst division in football next year. 



Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 10:42 pm
 

Report: Jack Del Rio to interview for Chiefs job

No.  Keeping Romeo is not the best idea.  He is a valuable DC.  There are not stellar OC candidates out there so you need a strong offensive Head Coach to fix the disaster that is the Chiefs offense.  I'd be nice if the next coach kept Romeo.



Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 10:36 pm
 

Report: Jack Del Rio to interview for Chiefs job

If they are smart they will keep Romeo. So, they will probably hire Del Rio. 


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