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Jack Del Rio could land in Denver

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio reacts to a call during the second half of their NFL football game against the New York Jets in East Rutherford Reuters

With Dennis Allen leaving Denver for Oakland, Broncos coach John Fox needs a new defensive coordinator.

Fox may wind up hiring someone that was his old defensive coordinator in Carolina. NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora reports Jack Del Rio has emerged a candidate to replace Allen.

Del Rio was Fox’s coordinator with the Panthers in 2002 before landing the head coaching job in Jacksonville. It’s a little unclear if Del Rio wants to coach in 2012 or move his family from Jacksonville. He’s still collecting money from the Jaguars, so choosing to work elsewhere is essentially choosing to work for free. (If Del Rio earned $1 million in Denver, he’d make $1 million less from the Jaguars.)

Then again, most coaches simply want to work. Raheem Morris, Tony Sparano, and Steve Spaganuolo are all back in the league. They didn’t want to sit at home and collect money.

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39 Responses to “Jack Del Rio could land in Denver”
  1. Broncofanatic7 says: Jan 25, 2012 10:26 AM

    LIKE! Please make this happen Denver!!

  2. ingraven says: Jan 25, 2012 10:26 AM

    This guy will do ANYTHING to be close to Tim Tebow.

  3. professorcolumbus says: Jan 25, 2012 10:30 AM

    Yep, most coaches who get fired just want to get back to work, but then some are giant scumbags like Jon Gruden, who will just collect the full amount of their previous contract by not seeking a coaching job.

  4. skinsfan5 says: Jan 25, 2012 10:33 AM

    It sure would be nice to have the option to sit at home and collect money

  5. joetoronto says: Jan 25, 2012 10:40 AM

    I feel sorry for Jack if this is true.

    First a Jag and now a Donkey, for the love of God.

  6. milehigh85 says: Jan 25, 2012 10:41 AM

    YES!! Get it done!!

  7. nationalmediacansuckit says: Jan 25, 2012 10:58 AM

    Hey Jack, “keep chopping wood” and “stay the course” in Denver.

  8. purpleisreallypinkyouknow says: Jan 25, 2012 10:58 AM

    professorcolumbus says:Jan 25, 2012 10:30 AM

    Yep, most coaches who get fired just want to get back to work, but then some are giant scumbags like Jon Gruden, who will just collect the full amount of their previous contract by not seeking a coaching job
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    Gruden was andd is a complete fraud of an NFL Head Coach. He succeeded at both venues using established teams that were in good shape and once that talent dwindled, so did Gruden’s results.
    I’d actually like to see “this guy” get a gig, just so everyone could see hoe inept the guy was and little cred he should really get.
    Also screams something is amiss when he’s been sitting this long….same with Billick too.

  9. CKL says: Jan 25, 2012 10:59 AM

    professorcolumbus says:
    Jan 25, 2012 10:30 AM
    Yep, most coaches who get fired just want to get back to work, but then some are giant scumbags like Jon Gruden, who will just collect the full amount of their previous contract by not seeking a coaching job.
    ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
    I could be wrong but I think regardless of whether he gets another job or not he still gets the full $ of his contract. The only difference would be how much of it TB pays and how much the new team would pay.

    I thought JRD burned his bridges with Fox but maybe desperation made strange bedfellows.

  10. pibbextra says: Jan 25, 2012 10:59 AM

    Richard Smith would be the best canidate for the new DC. Del Rio would bring in a new system for the 7th year in a row for the Broncos D. With all of the young players the Broncos Defense played with this year, Smith would allow to D to build on their progress from last year and take the steps needed to build a championship caliiber D.

  11. maddenisfordorks says: Jan 25, 2012 11:00 AM

    Don’t let him bring an axe into the locker room!

  12. Mitch Cumstein says: Jan 25, 2012 11:01 AM

    The negotiations have stalled over Del Rio’s insistence that the rest of the Broncos staff be required to wear sleazy leather jackets.

  13. hwatt says: Jan 25, 2012 11:02 AM

    well I could see where sitting at home collecting money probably makes it harder to get a job later on, since a coach chose money over ‘love of the game’ and being a ‘team player’. There are exceptions to every rule, of course, but in a league where those who work hard get noticed and get paid, it’s best practice to go ahead and get a job if you can.

  14. jwilson8208 says: Jan 25, 2012 11:03 AM

    U can take em!

  15. jagsfan1 says: Jan 25, 2012 11:09 AM

    This move would surprise me. I am not sure that JDR would want to get back into FT coaching and all the hours that are expected of you – especially if you are a coordinator.

    He made a ton of money coaching that Jags – probably all told about 32 million in his 9 yrs there. He also seemed to lose some of his enthusiasm at the end.

    Something tells me he might end up getting a good college Head Coach job before he would be a coordinator somewhere.

  16. zoxitic says: Jan 25, 2012 11:10 AM

    @joetoronto

    Boy, you’ve got some grudge against the Jaguars. Would love to hear the story. What happened?

  17. 7pints says: Jan 25, 2012 11:11 AM

    joetoronto says:
    Jan 25, 2012 10:40 AM
    I feel sorry for Jack if this is true.

    First a Jag and now a Donkey, for the love of God.
    ___________________________________

    lol! How did Jokeland do in the playoffs again? Still a moron, I see. You know that Del Rio is a great defensive mind. I understand you are worried… you should be.

  18. denverhighrize says: Jan 25, 2012 11:24 AM

    By landing I hope they just mean his plane which will then quickly take back off and never return to Denver again.

  19. raiders757 says: Jan 25, 2012 11:42 AM

    It would be hard to get Del Rio to buy into the Raider week theme of hatred, as he admitted to growing up a huge Raiders fan. I think the man should just come on home and find a spot with the Raiders.

  20. shackdelrio says: Jan 25, 2012 11:56 AM

    Del Rio ended up a mediocre head coach but the man can coach defense.

    His first five years in Jacksonville, his defense was among the best and most feared in the league.

  21. jaxbeachjagfan says: Jan 25, 2012 12:04 PM

    Given JDR’s penchant for straggling in after 9 and leaving before 6, there’s a big chance he would really enjoy sitting home and collecting $5 million.

  22. justinnelson71 says: Jan 25, 2012 12:05 PM

    skinsfan5 says:
    Jan 25, 2012 10:33 AM
    It sure would be nice to have the option to sit at home and collect money.

    you can, vote Obama

  23. samoanjungle says: Jan 25, 2012 12:11 PM

    No, he will be needed in Cincinnati if Zimmer & Coyle leave.

  24. northshorejag says: Jan 25, 2012 12:21 PM

    Press – “Coach del Rio, can you explain why the Bronco defense blitzed on the last play of the game?”

    Del Rio – “the hotdog guy calls the plays”

  25. efriedo says: Jan 25, 2012 12:26 PM

    “Yep, most coaches who get fired just want to get back to work, but then some are giant scumbags like Jon Gruden, who will just collect the full amount of their previous contract by not seeking a coaching job.”

    Maybe the Bucs shouldn’t have fired Gruden. Then they’d be paying him to WIN, not commentate…

  26. kahnsbushymustache says: Jan 25, 2012 12:59 PM

    “…most coaches simply want to work.”

    If you’d seen Jack around Everbank that last 12 months, you’d know he isn’t “most coaches”…

  27. johnnyjagfan says: Jan 25, 2012 1:06 PM

    I wonder if Jack would wear his sweater only during the blizzards or if he’d wise up and wear appropriate gear?

    Its that kind of “tough guy” b.s. that turn players off. Listen to Freddy Taylor if you want to know the difference between a real coach (Coughlin, Bellichick) vs. a fraud like Jack.

  28. lilrob10201 says: Jan 25, 2012 1:34 PM

    LOL…Are the Eagles interested ?

  29. clintonportisheadd says: Jan 25, 2012 1:44 PM

    What makes anyone think-assume-presume that Del Rio would not get paid by both places.

    Has anyone SEEN his Jags contract? Unless it states “In the event we fire you with money left on the deal you agree to forfeit taking that money if you get another NFL job” he should be able to get 2 paychecks.

    And if it DOES say that-which I doubt-Del Rio could go to the Jags and tell them he will waive 25% of what he is due if they release him from that clause.

    They would do it in a heartbeat.

  30. rudegger says: Jan 25, 2012 1:46 PM

    As if this will make a difference. With Tebow as your QB, and your team is scoring 3-10 points for the game, you’re going to need to hire Jesus at DC.

  31. mossnomore says: Jan 25, 2012 2:07 PM

    Really wish the Vikings would’ve gone after this guy

  32. ogre2010 says: Jan 25, 2012 2:21 PM

    Good Luck Denver, as Jaguars fan……you are going to need it.

  33. guinsrule says: Jan 25, 2012 2:24 PM

    “Jack Del Rio could land in Denver”- Wow, I’d heard he was fired but I didn’t know it was out of a cannon.

  34. mlmeier says: Jan 25, 2012 3:41 PM

    Or Todd Bowles will get the job after going from HC candidate to unemployed in a matter of weeks.

  35. bigvinnyinjax says: Jan 25, 2012 3:50 PM

    Some guys are good coordinators who make horrible head coaches. Del Ego was one of those. This would probably be a good fit for him to be back with Fox. Del Ego got a ton of money for doing absolutely nothing in Jacksonville, but he was an above average DC in Carolina.

    And I can’t imagine any team, college or NFL, wanting to give him a shot a a head coach again anytime soon.

  36. northshorejag says: Jan 25, 2012 4:34 PM

    I’m sorry, I don’t subscribe to the idea JDR was a good coordinator.

    He was LB’s coach in B-more with a Prime Ray Lewis.

    He was D-Coord in Carolina one year with a Prime Julius Peppers

    His best defenses in Jax were drafted by Tom Coughlin and later run by Mike Smith and went in decline when he left.

    Even Greg Williams split after one year and went on to turn around the Saints

  37. Broncofanatic7 says: Jan 25, 2012 5:58 PM

    There have been plenty of guys that are GREAT coordinators, but not GREAT head coaches. Wade Phillips, Josh Mcdaniels, Romeo Crennel, Eric Mangini, Norv Turner, Charlie Weiss, Tony Sparano…. the list could go on.
    Del Rio is a really good DC, and I hope he ends up in Denver.

  38. jluttrell32 says: Jan 25, 2012 6:54 PM

    skinsfan5 says: Jan 25, 2012 10:33 AM

    It sure would be nice to have the option to sit at home and collect money
    …………………………………………………………………………………………………….

    You can! Just suck at your job well enough to get fired and collect unemployment. Though you won’t be making near the free $$ Jack is

  39. rollteal says: Jan 25, 2012 10:45 PM

    Oh JDR what will come of you… well maybe he can get a awesome new Nike made 3 piece suit or and or “pro-combat” leather jacket and rock out a DC job until a college job opens next year.

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