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Report: Del Rio will be back

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After owner Wayne Weaver declined to discuss coach Jack Del Rio’s future and Del Rio’s season-ending press conference was postponed, things didn’t look good for the man who has patrolled the sidelines in Jacksonville for the last eight years, winning 66 games and losing 65.

According to the Associated Press, Del Rio will return for a ninth.

It makes sense, in light of the team’s revised press conference schedule.  Weaver will meet with the media at 5:30 p.m. ET, and Del Rio will conduct his press conference at 10:00 a.m. ET Tuesday.  If Del Rio was no longer going to be an employee of the organization, he wouldn’t have been conducting a press conference announced by the team.

Thus, Weaver will make the formal announcement at 5:30 p.m. ET and take the heat from anyone in the local media who may be inclined to question Weaver aggressively regarding his decision to continue to employ Del Rio despite three years without a playoff appearance.

In the end, the move surely was influenced by the $5 million salary due to Del Rio in 2011 and 2012.  Also, the possibility of a lockout that stretches deep into the offseason and possibly into September would limit dramatically the access a new coach will have to his new team.

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15 Responses to “Report: Del Rio will be back”
  1. profootballwalk says: Jan 3, 2011 4:28 PM

    Wayne Weaver handed Del Rio an axe and told him to keep chopping wood.

  2. dolphinatic says: Jan 3, 2011 4:28 PM

    The results are in and they are conclusive. You can’t fix stupid.

  3. adx321 says: Jan 3, 2011 4:31 PM

    Thank you Mr. Weaver!

    Signed,

    Indianapolis Colts fans

  4. hobartbaker says: Jan 3, 2011 4:32 PM

    In the Hispanic community he is known as “Old Man Del Rio”. He just keeps rolling along.

  5. zam1104 says: Jan 3, 2011 4:34 PM

    The Jaguars suffer from never being quite crappy enough to get a franchise draft pick, while never being quite good enough to attract top free agents. Perhaps when they move to L.A. that will change.

  6. wicoltsfan says: Jan 3, 2011 4:36 PM

    As a Colts fan, thank you Wayne Weaver. At least one more year of not having to worry about the Jaguars doing anything inside the division. Hopefully the Texans will hang on to Kubiak also.

  7. adx321 says: Jan 3, 2011 4:37 PM

    Keep going for it on 4th down Jack!

  8. bleedblue18 says: Jan 3, 2011 5:05 PM

    Seriously, I don’t get it this guy’s teams always tank at the end of the season.

    Last season the Jags start out 7-5, then tank and lose their last 4 games to end the season 7-9.

    This season the Jags start out 7-5, then tank and lose their last 3 out of 4 games to finish 8-8.

    Time for change if you ask me.

  9. kegpack says: Jan 3, 2011 5:07 PM

    Wow, thought he was goner for sure. The NFL should strip Carolina and Jacksonville of both franchises. Both owners are obviously committed to mediocrity, both are small markets, and both dont have the history, or fanbase to be allowed to exist. Give another owner/city an shot.

  10. wsb937 says: Jan 3, 2011 5:08 PM

    That team deserves better….I think

  11. marty2019 says: Jan 3, 2011 5:16 PM

    Tucker Carlson just said Jack Del Rio should have been executed.

  12. grogansheroes says: Jan 3, 2011 5:17 PM

    “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” A. Einstein

  13. annoyingknowitall says: Jan 3, 2011 5:42 PM

    Why?

  14. thetooloftools says: Jan 3, 2011 6:13 PM

    This is a good move. Jack is a good man and sports talk radio is built on stiring the pot.
    He can right that ship.

  15. Deb says: Jan 3, 2011 6:13 PM

    @hobartbaker …

    That was funny.

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