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Jags defensive coorindator tears quad muscle catching punt

Jack Del Rio, Mel Tucker AP

In 2003, Jack Del Rio’s “keep choppin’ wood” slogan got a little too literal, with a tree stump and an axe being brought into the locker room.  With players being invited to take a swing or two from time to time.  And with punter Chris Hanson nearly choppin’ off his leg.

In 2011, the team’s slogan apparently should be “keep catchin’ punts.”

Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union recently reported that Jags defensive coordinator Mel Tucker has a torn quadriceps muscle.  A league source tells PFT that it happened after Del Rio recently cajoled Tucker and offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter into catching punts shot from a JUGS machine at the end of a practice.

Tucker suffered the injury while trying to catch the ball.

He’ll have surgery this week, and he’ll miss a couple days of work as he recovers from the procedure.  He’ll then be unable to get around well for several more weeks.

As a practical matter, the thinking is that this takes Mel Tucker out of the “interim coach” sweepstakes in Jacksonville, given that the inability to stand up and walk unaided along the sidelines is a big part of the head coaching process in the NFL.

As to Koetter, Del Rio possibly could be doing his best to subtly torpedo the offensive coordinator’s candidacy by openly questioning the team’s offensive performance against the Panthers.

“I’m not sure what caused us to be as conservative as we were,” Del Rio said Monday.  “Offensively, I thought we were a little too conservative, quite frankly.”

Though it’s too early to tell whether Del Rio could be fired after, or during, the season, some league insiders are speculating that, if things go poorly over the next five weeks (with games against the Saints, Bengals, Steelers, Ravens, and Texans), Del Rio could get a bye week bon voyage.

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32 Responses to “Jags defensive coorindator tears quad muscle catching punt”
  1. chadmurdigan says: Sep 27, 2011 9:33 AM

    I want one of those straw hats for when I’m mowing the lawn and then raking fall leaves!

  2. AlanSaysYo says: Sep 27, 2011 9:35 AM

    I read this headline on the front page and was all set to tee off on the “chopping wood” thing, but no, you used it in the article. Have a little consideration for your comment makers, will you?

  3. swagjag says: Sep 27, 2011 9:37 AM

    You really think it’s too early to tell if JDR could be fired? He has done nothing but point fingers at every coordinator he has had (with the exception of Mike Smith) since he’s taken over.

  4. BernardPollardIsAnAss says: Sep 27, 2011 9:40 AM

    Everything going according to plan for Del Rio. Muhahahahahahah!

  5. flaccotoboldin says: Sep 27, 2011 9:43 AM

    Jacksonville’s mistake was releasing David Garrard.

    Sure he wasn’t a world beater.

    But the FIRST season you don’t have to deal with Manning twice a year, you decide to go with a rookie QB?

    Good look, Jax. See ya in Los Angeles.

    Seriously. What a stupid move. Could have competed for the division crown with Garrard. Instead, restart with Gabbert.

  6. ivegotbigblogs says: Sep 27, 2011 9:43 AM

    Sounds like something a high school coach does for fun after practice. Too bad it went wrong, cause it was probably funny as heck to watch.

  7. thegonz13 says: Sep 27, 2011 9:44 AM

    And this bonehead is still coaching??????

  8. benh999 says: Sep 27, 2011 9:44 AM

    No big deal. Del Rio tore a few muscles reaching for Gabbert.

  9. dbellina says: Sep 27, 2011 9:45 AM

    Great. Another injury to my fantasy team.

  10. lwbjag says: Sep 27, 2011 9:51 AM

    JDR will will throw Koetter or anyone else under the bus to take the heat off himself.

    “Hit the Road Jack …”

  11. shackdelrio says: Sep 27, 2011 9:59 AM

    “flaccotoboldin says:
    Sep 27, 2011 9:43 AM
    Jacksonville’s mistake was releasing David Garrard.”

    Not exactly.

  12. robigd says: Sep 27, 2011 10:00 AM

    flaccotoboldin says: Sep 27, 2011 9:43 AM

    Jacksonville’s mistake was releasing David Garrard.

    Sure he wasn’t a world beater.

    But the FIRST season you don’t have to deal with Manning twice a year, you decide to go with a rookie QB?

    Good look, Jax. See ya in Los Angeles.

    Seriously. What a stupid move. Could have competed for the division crown with Garrard. Instead, restart with Gabbert.

    ———————————

    Can you please explain the logic between getting rid of Garrard and moving to LA? I am curious to hear this.

  13. cberry0 says: Sep 27, 2011 10:11 AM

    Actually, Gabbert’s decision making already puts Garrard’s to shame.

  14. Single Filament says: Sep 27, 2011 10:19 AM

    Gabbert was a good pick. He’ll be one of the better NFL QBs.

  15. swagjag says: Sep 27, 2011 10:22 AM

    The obligatory Los Angeles comment.. that didn’t take long. Sure in-state Oakland lifted its first blackout in 15 games and Tampa is on track for back-to-back blackout seasons, but let’s pile on the Jags with a knee jerk L.A. comment even though they had no games blacked out last year and their one home game this year was aired. It’s not like they put the same amount of fans in seats as the Steelers did last year.. oh wait. They did.

  16. realitypolice says: Sep 27, 2011 10:25 AM

    It’s one thing to lose.

    It’s another to lose while making your organization look a freak show.

    Enough already.

  17. jaxdomino says: Sep 27, 2011 10:36 AM

    Just hit the Like button on my Fire Jack Del Rio FB page! The jerk needs to be GONE! I still think Koetter gets the job during the Bye Week!

  18. grilledjesus says: Sep 27, 2011 10:46 AM

    JDR is the Matt Millen of coaching.

  19. glennsyank13 says: Sep 27, 2011 10:50 AM

    I am blaming this injury on the loss of OTAs due to the lockout….

  20. jaxcliff says: Sep 27, 2011 10:55 AM

    “Jacksonville’s mistake was releasing David Garrard”

    Uh, yeah, that’s why he’s still sitting on the couch, waiting for a phone call, after the third week of the season

  21. luckynumberlucas says: Sep 27, 2011 11:11 AM

    Seriously, how do you do that?

    Jogging 10 yards to the place where the ball is going to land, reach out your hands and catch the ball.

    But, how can you tear your quad that way?

    Come on man!

  22. nationalmediacansuckit says: Sep 27, 2011 11:19 AM

    @flaccotoboldin

    Another angry Baltimore fan still angry because you live in………well Baltimore. Been there twice and can’t understand for the life of me why any human being would live in that forsaken town.

    Anyway, one of the best article written about the Jags on this site. Del Rio is incompetent, Dirk Koetter is incompetent and this entire coaching staff is a joke. At what point in Wayne Weaver going to become serious about winning and stop with this circus. It’s for him to commit to HIS team and act like a owner who gives a damn about winning.

  23. jaxisminorleagcity says: Sep 27, 2011 11:21 AM

    The obligatory Los Angeles comment.. that didn’t take long. Sure in-state Oakland lifted its first blackout in 15 games and Tampa is on track for back-to-back blackout seasons, but let’s pile on the Jags with a knee jerk L.A. comment even though they had no games blacked out last year and their one home game this year was aired. It’s not like they put the same amount of fans in seats as the Steelers did last year.. oh wait. They did.

    Raiders and Bucs have been around a while and both won Super Bowls.
    Del Rio is a joke, go hire Urban Meyer, maybe that will keep the Jags from not moving. Jax should have never been given a franchise.

  24. blackandtealforeal says: Sep 27, 2011 11:22 AM

    I stood up and cheered when I heard they released Garrard.
    I will also cheer when they can the coaching staff.
    If this was a business where they were selling a product, oh wait they are. I would have cut the losses long ago for some dignity.

    Gabbert has made some good decisions for a rookie.
    A ROOKIE! I can take his learning this year, it’s miles ahead of what we have had to work with before.
    He will do fine. The whole coaching staff is bad. It’s like we’re stuck in the 70’s with the play calling.
    Hand off, hand off, 3rd and long, hand off, punt. Repeat next possession.
    Honestly, I could run that offense.

  25. kingdm8 says: Sep 27, 2011 11:46 AM

    Arizona State alum here. PRAY that Koetter doesn’t get that job. Your offense will always be spectacular, but the defense will stink.

  26. Kanesville says: Sep 27, 2011 11:52 AM

    That last sentence has to be the most comma-filled sentence I’ve ever seen.

  27. zoxitic says: Sep 27, 2011 12:37 PM

    flaccotoboldin says:

    Jacksonville’s mistake was releasing David Garrard.
    _____________________________
    Usually, when someone makes a mistake, someone else takes advantage and pounces on that mistake.

    I have yet to see someone else pounce on Garrard.

  28. favreforever says: Sep 27, 2011 12:48 PM

    Jack is just telling it like it is. He gave Koetter control of offensive play calling and Dirk did A LOUSY JOB IN THAT GAME. Del Rio doesn’t dodge blame where it’s warranted, but Koetter isn’t exempt from criticism any more than anyone else on the team. Del Rio is a straight up guy, one of the few execs in the league that qualifies for that description. The players like him and I think he will ride out the storm.

    Seven years ago a long term head coach was under fire coming off a poor season. He drafted a “project” QB at #11 overall, the third QB taken in that draft. A rookie QB who was #3 in training camp, moved up to #2 due to injury, came in briefly in the second regular season game, then took over as a starter in the third regular season game. Bill Cowher and Ben Roethlisberger did alright for themselves from that point onwards.

  29. shallowfan says: Sep 27, 2011 1:56 PM

    “I’m not sure what caused us to be as conservative as we were,” Del Rio said Monday. “Offensively, I thought we were a little too conservative, quite frankly.”

    Well, take a look in the mirror and that is why you were so conservative…you are the hc so you should know what the gameplan is. Jack, even though you are the hc and have off def coordinators you are responsible for the gameplan…you do know that right?

    If I’m the owner i want an explanation of what he does all day because obviously it’s not gameplanning…or anything resembling coaching.

    Time for him to go. I don’t know if you wait until the bye week. Let the new coach have most of the season to evaluate talent and maybe win a few games.

  30. ogre2010 says: Sep 27, 2011 3:20 PM

    That’s Jack for you, it’s everyone else fault and never his fault.

  31. killbuck0936 says: Sep 27, 2011 5:20 PM

    JDR would throw his mom under a bus to save his job, I hope WW knows this guy is a complete bum and so is every other coach on the team. Please get rid of this joke. The only way I want Jack to coach one more game with this team is he has to wear a reebox approved clown suit on the sideline, it would ooze with irony.

  32. therillest says: Sep 27, 2011 7:18 PM

    With the Saints coming to town you would think the defensive coaches would be way too busy preparing the team instead of jacking around trying to field punts….im just saying.

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