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Del Rio calls out Reggie Nelson

Jaguars safety Reggie Nelson was all over highlight reels Thursday night for all the wrong reasons.

He made a terrible attempt at tackling Dallas Clark in the third quarter, allowing Clark to score from 27 yards out.  Then Nelson bit on a Peyton Manning pump fake in the fourth quarter, allowing Reggie Wayne to streakfor the 65-yard game-winner.  Instead of trying to tackle Wayne, Nelson elected to try to knock the ball out. 

“[Nelson] didn’t play well,” Del Rio said Friday. You can’t stay in the lineup playing like that.

After the game, Del Rio bemoaned Nelson’s mental mistake: “The biggest thing we didn’t want to do was give anything cheap over the top . . . He’s got to be over the top of that and be able to tackle the guy. It
was probably not a good idea to try to punch the ball out.”

Opponents have targeted Nelson all year, so his benching may be too little, too late.  And while this year’s Jaguars rookie class has been great, the first-round missteps of years past continue to haunt the franchise. 

The struggling Jaguars secondary faces Tom Brady in Week Sixteen.

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16 Responses to “Del Rio calls out Reggie Nelson”
  1. chunky soupy sales says: Dec 18, 2009 7:32 PM

    Maurice Jones Drew wasn’t such a mis-step in round two.

  2. mattitude says: Dec 18, 2009 7:44 PM

    Neslon deserves to be called out. If only knew how to tackle, Dallas Clark would have only given my fantasy opponent 1 TD last night. NELSOOON!!!

  3. blackglass says: Dec 18, 2009 7:52 PM

    This is the same Reggie Nelson who said Tom Brady “didn’t impress” him in there 2007 playoff game. He’s Anthony Smith part 2.

  4. Hugified Wang says: Dec 18, 2009 8:01 PM

    He probably farts too much and Del Rio doesn’t like it.

  5. JCD says: Dec 18, 2009 8:07 PM

    When is someone going to call out Jack Del Rio? He sucks and that organization is going nowhere with him as coach, with or without Tebow.

  6. Gautam says: Dec 18, 2009 8:19 PM

    as bad as Nelson was, I cannot remember a bigger scumbag coach than Del Rio who keeps throwing his players under the bus to keep his job

  7. KingKunal says: Dec 18, 2009 8:44 PM

    @ Gautam
    as bad as Nelson was, I cannot remember a bigger scumbag coach than Del Rio who keeps throwing his players under the bus to keep his job
    Dude, what are you talking about? He has coached a bunch of rookies to play way over their heads. He isn’t throwing players under the bus. He didn’t say we lost because of Reggie U(F)seless Nelson is the worst safety in the league (quite possible). He called it as he saw it, it’s called getting real. The team played great yesterday on National TV, this is a young, rebuilding team with 29 of 50 players new to the team. That is a massive turnover for a team that has fought hard and will continue to fight for a playoff spot that had no business being in it. Kudos to JDR and the Jaguars. NOW GET A DECENT SECONDARY AND STOP DRAFTING THESE SCABS FROM UF!

  8. Favre On HGH says: Dec 18, 2009 9:18 PM

    Players won’t play for him consistently, last step is to try and call them out publicly, but that seems too little too late.

  9. Tuscany says: Dec 18, 2009 9:52 PM

    I’m not a Jags fan, but I agree with the last couple of posters … Del Rio hasn’t done shit with that team overall. Maybe he should look in the mirror.

  10. ras6111 says: Dec 18, 2009 10:27 PM

    Del Rio won a playoff game, the Tony Romo and the Cowboys can’t say that. And did anyone watch the game? Nelson is a first round draft pick!?!?! He’s horrible

  11. BigUnit says: Dec 18, 2009 11:10 PM

    To all you negative name callers…this Nelson fella ought to be forced to watch those two plays run constantly from now until the season is over. It should play over every video/tv monitor at Jags HQ’s and serve as an example of how NOT to make the playoffs….whether anyone is a Jags or JDR fan or not is not the issue…these plays let down all those hard playing players who sacrificed from training camp until now…plain and simple!…It is not becoming of NFL play and should be mocked and ridiculed by all.

  12. mustbechris says: Dec 18, 2009 11:35 PM

    Nelson’s not a bad 1st round pick. He was projected to go where he did, and I think he still has enough potential to turn out to be a good player in the NFL. The Jags just aren’t that good, it’s not just Nelson. They overachieved in the Colts game. They’re getting there…but I don’t think Del Rio and Tim Tebow are gonna be the guys to put them over the top (quite the opposite in fact).

  13. EskinSux says: Dec 19, 2009 1:32 AM

    this is like me…..calling out cowgirl schmucks who think HOMO acheiving pass ATTEMPTS records mean a damn thing……right bitch?

  14. TiceWasBetter says: Dec 19, 2009 8:40 AM

    Yeah, and his uncle Bob is an asshole!

  15. Hosstyle In Tampa says: Dec 19, 2009 10:05 AM

    Maybe if the Jags’ scouting reached farther than Gainesville, they wouldn’t be having this discussion.

  16. KingKunal says: Dec 19, 2009 12:08 PM

    Maybe if the Jags’ scouting reached farther than Gainesville, they wouldn’t be having this discussion.
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, as a Jaguars fan, so sad, but so true. They are always on the nuts of these Gators. Trading a whole draft to get the ever useless Derrick Harvey, and wasting a first rounder on Reggie Nelson. But most fans love it because they are UF or FU (whatever you want to call it) homers. But that was the old regime led by James Harris. Gene Smith seems to be getting it right. Besides trading a 2nd rounder to the Patriots to get back into the 3rd to draft Derrick Cox.

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