Tag:Jack Del Rio
Posted on: February 28, 2011 4:23 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2011 7:18 pm

NFL combine scene: Monday

Posted by Andy Benoit

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INDIANAPOLIS -- If ever there was confirmation to the idea that the combine has very little to do with the actual workouts, the Monday morning atmosphere in Indy would be it. Defensive players are still going through drills, but virtually all of the media has gone home. Credentials aren’t even issued past Sunday. Player interviews (with the media) are over. Many offensive coaches have left town, as well. And while most coaches are observing the workouts live, it’s not uncommon to see a head coach walking around a hotel lobby during the workouts. You’d think the talent evaluators were watching every precise detail of the events on the field; that’s not the case.

I’m still in town meeting with as many coaches and front office execs as possible. Many of the meetings are previously scheduled, though plenty of times I’ve found myself walking up to someone out of the blue and saying hello. That’s what I did with Jack Del Rio and John Elway as they were heading to Lucas Oil Stadium this morning. This approach can be a hit (Del Rio) or a miss (Elway). It’s nothing personal, just a timing thing.

It’s best to approach these guys near their hotel; the closer they get to the stadium, the more autograph hounds they encounter. The autograph hounds are interesting. A lot of them have stacks of blank white photo papers, which would indicate that the photo part of many autographed photos is actually printed after the signature is acquired. Asking someone for an autograph is a lot like carrying around a superhero-themed lunchbox: it’s great if you’re a little kid and painfully pathetic if you’re a grown man. Sadly, there have been plenty of painfully pathetic grown men running around the Lucas Oil Stadium area these past few days.

Fun as it is to drop a head coach’s name, the best conversations are with assistants and scouts. Most of them aren’t technically allowed to talk to you, though. (That could just be a convenient way to decline a conversation, too.) But plenty of them talk anyway. The primary value of it all is simply laying the groundwork for a future relationship. The secondary value is learning about the game and league from these experts firsthand.

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Posted on: February 26, 2011 11:45 am

Hot Routes 2.26.11: I cry for Keisel's beard

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio thinks the previous injuries suffered by former Colts S Bob Sanders were fluky and he doesn’t judge them to be a current problem. That's good news for the free agent Sanders.
  • I’ve been meaning to mention this for a couple days, but Adam Jones – you know him better as Pacman – got probation for his role in the 2007 Las Vegas melee.
  • Titans DE Jason Babin and the Tennessee organization haven’t spoken recently. Sounds like the Titans want to wait until a new CBA is finalized before they think about a new deal with the Pro Bowler.
  • Apparently, if Nebraska CB Prince Amukamara is available for the Lions with the No. 13 pick, they’d be happy to take him. If not, it’s not expected Detroit will take another CB instead.

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Posted on: January 3, 2011 5:44 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2011 7:24 pm

Del Rio retained by Jags sans defensive playcalls

Posted by Will Brinson

As reported earlier by CBSSports.com, the Jacksonville Jaguars are retaining Jack Del Rio as their head coach, but there's a couple caveats. First, he's not calling the defensive plays anymore and if he misses the playoffs again, he's gone.

Owner Wayne Weaver addressed the media on Monday and opened up his comments by discussing the bad front office work early in the draft before Gene Smith took over in 2009 and how he'd spent the day talking with players about a possible change in the coachig staff.

"I had to reflect and say am I better off to blow this thing up and start over again with the coaching staff?" Weaver said, per Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union. "If we're not in the playoffs, it's pretty apparent we'll have a different coach."

Weaver also said that one player who he respects told him that "starting over would set this team back."

However, Weaver did say Del Rio will no longer handle the defensive playcalling for the Jaguars and Mel Tucker will take over that role.

Weaver believes the Jags have the nucleus for a strong defensive team and that the fans "will have to trust him."

"I’ve made bad decisions in my life but I wouldn’t be sitting here if I didn’t make a lot more good ones than bad ones," Weaver said.

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Posted on: January 3, 2011 11:32 am
Edited on: January 6, 2011 5:04 pm

Black Monday Roundup: Coaching Carousel

Posted by Will Brinson

Excellent question -- after all, it's Black Monday (the first Monday after the NFL season ends) and that means people are getting canned left and right. This year may be uglier than ever, so we suggest you bookmark this page and stop by as we'll update it every time there's breaking news.
  • Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and his top men flew to California Wednesday and are reportedly prepared to make Harbaugh the highest-paid coach in the NFL.
  • 2:03 PM John Elway tells the Denver Post he will ask for permission to speak to Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell.
  • 8:46 PM The Raiders have given the 49ers permission to speak with Oakland offensive coordinator Hue Jackson for the San Francisco head coaching job. Also, in that same post, we discover 49ers defensive coordinator Greg Manusky will interview for the Panthers head job.
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Posted on: January 3, 2011 10:59 am
Edited on: January 3, 2011 4:28 pm

Jaguars owner won't talk about Del Rio's status

Posted by Andy Benoit

UPDATE 4:10 p.m. ET:
CBSSports.com's Jaguars Rapid Reporter writes, "A team source says coach Jack Del Rio and his staff will be back next season." Del Rio and Weaver met for several hours on Monday. Weaver will address the media at 5:30 ET Monday; Del Rio will speak at 10:00 a.m. ET Tuesday. 

Jack Del Rio was a coach seemingly taken off his proverbial hot seat just three weeks ago. The JaguarsJ. Del Rio (US Presswire) were 8-5 and in control of their own destiny in the AFC South. But then they collapsed down the stretch…again.

The Jags finished 0-3 and out of the playoffs for a third straight season. Last year, the Jags were 7-5 but ended on a four-game losing streak. The owner seems to have noticed -- and Del Rio’s job security seems to be back in question.

“No, I’m not talking about that,” Wayne Weaver said when asked by the First Coast News about the team’s coaching situation Monday morning. “We’ve got to sit down and evaluate the season. I do think we’ve made some progress this season. I’m not talking about coaching.”

To be fair to Del Rio, not many head coaches win after losing their best player (Maurice Jones-Drew) and starting quarterback (David Garrard) in the final games. Del Rio has two years, $10 million remaining on his contract.

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Posted on: December 29, 2010 12:33 pm

Hot Routes 12.29.10: Doing good deeds

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

- Ever wonder what happens to all the pink wristbands, gloves, cleats and towels that NFL players use during the month of October to raise awareness about breast cancer? The answer is, they’re auctioned off as part of the league’s A Crucial Catch breast cancer awareness campaign. On Tuesday, the NFL announced that the program raised more than $1 million for the American Cancer Society.

- It wouldn’t be surprising if all Bengals fans wanted to take their team to court for the way it’s played this season. One person actually is, though for alleged injuries. My man, Kimball Perry, writing for the Cincinnati Enquirer, details the lawsuit filed by Rebecca Dunn for injuries suffered in the stands during a 2009 contest.

- Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio thinks Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio has done a damn good job this season.

- The Buccaneers coaching staff has to feel a little unsettled. That’s because most of the assistants don’t have a contract for next season. Blame the potential 2011 lockout.

-  Bengals LT Andrew Whitworth, snubbed for the Pro Bowl despite winning the fan vote, can’t help but wonder if where a player was selected in the NFL Draft has an impact on his Pro Bowl status, even many years later.

- It seems unlikely Texans WR Andre Johnson will play in the Pro Bowl. Maybe Whitworth can take his spot at wide receiver.

- The Green Bay Press Gazette doesn’t think Packers T Chad Clifton and CB Charles Woodson should have been given Pro Bowl berths.

- Forbes.com writes Redskins owner Daniel Snyder should use a potential lockout as a chance to do some spring cleaning. And hire Bill Parcells.

- The San Diego Union Tribune thinks the Chargers should re-sign WR Vincent Jackson. That would probably be a popular sentiment in San Diego.

- What happened to Cardinals WR Steve Breaston, why isn’t he playing and what is his future in Arizona?

- David Garrard will have surgery on his finger Thursday and won't play in Jacksonville's game Sunday.

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Posted on: December 25, 2010 1:13 pm

Jones-Drew absence could hurt Jaguars

M. Jones-Drew probably won't play Sunday (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

We know already that Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew most likely won’t play Sunday, and partially, Jones-Drew is to blame.

Jones-Drew has been battling knee problems for much of the year, and he told the Florida Times-Union Friday that he knew it was possible for his knee to get worse if he continued to play on it.

“There was a bunch of talk about (the knee) at the beginning of the year, but it wasn’t hurt to the point that I couldn’t play on it,” Jones-Drew told the paper. “But we knew that if I did play on it, this could happen. I chose to do it. I wanted to play football and I love playing the game. This is the price you pay sometimes.”

Part of the problem is that the turf in Indianapolis last week was harder than he expected. He had missed practice Wednesday and Thursday of last week because his knee was swollen and sore, and those symptoms have continued into this week, causing him to miss all three Jaguars practices.

As the paper points out, no Jaguars player that has missed a Friday practice this season has gone on to play in a game two days later. Jones-Drew could break the precedent, but at this point, it seems unlikely that he’ll play vs. the Redskins.

“Every case is different,” Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said. “One thing I always say is that individual players and their ability to have convinced me over time, those types of things can enter into it. I prefer to have it go where a guy’s practicing and I see and we know what we’re going to get on Sunday.”

Without Jones-Drew in the lineup, the Jaguars would count on Rashad Jennings – who’s actually looked pretty good as Jones-Drew’s backup.

But Jones-Drew still is the second-leading rusher this year with 1,324 yards, and the fact Jacksonville is tied with Indianapolis for the AFC South lead – with really, no hope of a wild card berth to the runner-up – Jones-Drew’s absence isn’t great timing for the Jaguars.

Hell, it might cost them their season.

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Posted on: November 27, 2010 11:43 am

Week 12 injury news and analysis, part I

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Jaguars at Giants

Two of Jacksonville’s most important offensive players, WR Mike Sims-Walker and RB Maurice Jones-Drew, are questionable because of an ankle and an abdomen, respectively. Sims-Walker didn’t play last week because of his high ankle sprain, so it’s a bit surprising that he practiced at all this week (high ankle sprains tend to keep players out at least three to four weeks). Sims-Walker was limited Thursday and Friday, which tells us one of two things – either he’s an unbelievably fast healer or coach Jack Del Rio is using a bit of gamesmanship to keep New York guessing.

Jones-Drew has been on fire recently – he’s accumulated 368 yards and three touchdowns in his past three games (he’s also added 123 receiving yards) – and he’s more likely to play than not. If not, look for Rashad Jennings to get more opportunities.

Though he’s been awfully entertaining on his Twitter account since he was admitted to the hospital with back pain (he was released from the hospital Saturday morning), New York G Shawn Andrews is doubtful (Will Beatty will take his place). CB Will Blackmon is questionable with a chest injury.

Steelers at Bills

Once again, LB Shawne Merriman (who still hasn’t played a game since signing with Buffalo) is out with an Achilles tendon injury. RB C.J. Spiller is questionable, but considering Fred Jackson (249 yards, three touchdowns) has been so good the past two games, Spiller’s absence shouldn’t have a huge impact on the offense (special teams might be a different story, though). The team doesn’t want to play Spiller until he’s 100 percent healthy, which he almost surely is not.

Pittsburgh only has four players on the injury report – WR Antonio Brown and DE Aaron Smith are out, TE Matt Spaeth (concussion) is doubtful and S Troy Polamalu (ankle) is questionable. Polamalu most likely will play. He played last week despite the injury, and the Steelers plan was to rest him early in the week and let him play Sunday (he was limited Wednesday and Thursday but had full participation in practice Friday).

Titans at Texans

If you formed a flag football team just out of the players that are listed as probable on Houston’s injury report, you’d have a pretty good chance to win an intramural title. Those players include QB Matt Schaub, WR Andre Johnson, LB Brian Cushing and DE Mario Williams. Unfortunately for your beer-league dream team, all will be playing NFL football Sunday.

For Tennessee, Randy Moss still isn’t listed on the injury report, which confuses me. If he’s active and playing, how come nobody is throwing him the ball? If he was hurt, then it would make sense. Speaking of players who don’t throw the ball to Moss, backup QB Kerry Collins – who will be the starter once again at some point – is questionable. But rookie Rusty Smith still is slated to the start at QB.

Also for the Titans, DT Jason Jones is questionable with a knee injury. DT Tony Brown (knee) also is questionable, but he’s more likely to play.

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