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Del Rio could land at USC

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The Broncos have dealt with plenty of distractions this year on the defensive side of the ball.  Another one could be coming.

Gil Brandt of NFL Network and SiriusXM NFL Radio, a 30-year executive with the Cowboys, has reiterated his belief that Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio will be the next coach at USC.

When Pete Carroll made the jump to Seattle in early 2010, Del Rio’s name emerged as a possible replacement.  After being coy initially, the former USC standout eventually stayed with the Jaguars.

If he’s interested this time (and if he gets the job), the question becomes when he’d leave Denver.  Former Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis split time between Foxborough and South Bend nine years ago, finishing the job of a Super Bowl run before fully exiting for Notre Dame.

If the Broncos make a Super Bowl run, that’s too long for USC to wait for Del Rio.  At a minimum, he’ll have to put one foot in each boat.  At worst, a defense that has gotten by without Elvis Dumervil, Von Miller, and Champ Bailey may have to also get by, eventually, without Del Rio.

It may not matter.  Unless Peyton Manning becomes the next coach at USC, the Broncos don’t seem to be poised to stumble.

At least until January, where they stumbled last season.  And where, in all fairness, Peyton has stumbled often.

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12 Responses to “Del Rio could land at USC”
  1. thesmartest1 says: Sep 29, 2013 11:21 AM

    Fantastic landing spot for a pretty good guy. But man has Manning made a lot of guys rich.

  2. merchie89 says: Sep 29, 2013 11:24 AM

    NO…NO..NO!!!! Dont leave denver, we need you!

  3. r8dernation says: Sep 29, 2013 11:24 AM

    Is going from Lane to Del Rio really an upgrade?

  4. wearethesteelers says: Sep 29, 2013 11:33 AM

    LOL!

  5. jjb0811 says: Sep 29, 2013 11:33 AM

    Need a ‘like’ button on the comments. Last paragraph says it all!

  6. lucasblack12 says: Sep 29, 2013 11:47 AM

    I wonder who the next idiot is to hire lane kiffin

  7. usmutts says: Sep 29, 2013 12:13 PM

    Laugh about Kiffin getting canned if you want ( and I personally think it’s about as funny as it gets ) but this guy could easily end up in the broadcast booth, or join the other clowns on NFL network, and thus we pro football fans will be stuck with this fraud, which is really really really not funny.

  8. dgreenfi says: Sep 29, 2013 12:30 PM

    But… its too warm for leather jackets in LA.

  9. kaeprulestheworld says: Sep 29, 2013 12:55 PM

    should have hired him back then.

  10. bradymancrush10 says: Sep 29, 2013 1:20 PM

    How about another SC alum, Jeff Fischer?

  11. johndavidbooty says: Sep 29, 2013 1:36 PM

    Hue Jackson for USC coach 2014. Has USC ties as a former OC and recruit, is from the neighborhood and went to Dorsey High, will be an excellent recruiter who can relate to the social media generation of recruits. Former OC for Cal, where they were a highly ranked offense. Turned Raiders offense into a top 5 running team the 2 years he was there, with back to back 8-8 seasons, after he was let go Oakland went back to 4-12. Was the Ravens QB coach, integral in the early development of Joe Flacco, the man is a teacher of football. Currently assistant Head Coach for the Bengals, who have turned around in just his second season on the staff there. Look for Hue’s name to start popping up here. Has a great name in coaching circles and can bring in a good staff. Del Rio would be great, but Hue Jackson’s offensive playcalling is very well-suited for the college game. Al Davis was right about Lane Kiffin when he fired him. He was also right when he made Hue Jackson the last head coach that he hired. Hue Jackson is what the Trojans need right now.

  12. jonbeck316 says: Sep 29, 2013 1:56 PM

    He kinda looks like the villain golfer in happy gilmore

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