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Sarkisian takes USC job, keeping Del Rio in play for NFL jobs

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The University of Southern California has a new head coach.  And it’s a coach with no current NFL ties.

Other than, you know, at one point being the favorite to become the head coach of the Raiders.

Via Joe Schad of ESPN, Washington coach Steve Sarkisian has returned to USC, where he will take over the program where he spent seven seasons as an assistant.  Sarkisian was interviewed by the late Al Davis.  Sarkisian’s former colleague, Lane Kiffin, became the Raiders head coach.  And Kiffin was the most recent head coach at USC.

The move means, obviously, that Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio won’t be leaving for USC.  But Del Rio, who went 3-1 as the interim head coach of the Broncos, could be inching toward the radar screen for other NFL jobs, depending on how many jobs come open.

With Andy Reid thriving (notwithstanding that three-game losing streak) in Kansas City, former NFL head coaches who had sustained success, or something close to it, could generate new interest.  Del Rio spent nine years in Jacksonville, arguably making chicken salad from the players that others were signing and drafting.

Regardless, Del Rio won’t be leaving the Broncos for USC.  Whether he’ll be leaving Denver for an NFL team depends on plenty of factors — including how deep the Broncos play into January, or February.

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25 Responses to “Sarkisian takes USC job, keeping Del Rio in play for NFL jobs”
  1. doe22us says: Dec 2, 2013 2:33 PM

    Not sure if Del Rio will be high on the list for vacancies, besides who cant win when Manning is your QB he even made Caldwell look competent, besides his D sucks anyway…

  2. ninersareyesterdaysnews says: Dec 2, 2013 2:37 PM

    He wasn’t that special at UW.

  3. ptc712 says: Dec 2, 2013 2:39 PM

    “….Washington coach Steve Sarkisian has returned to USC, where he will take over the program where he spent seven seasons as an assistant. Sarkisian was interviewed by the late Al Davis. ”

    What a bizarre two sentences. Al Davis is doing interviews for USC from the great beyond?

  4. skybox22blog says: Dec 2, 2013 2:40 PM

    Good hire. Saw this coming from a mile away. Won’t be long until they’re smashing SEC schools once again.

  5. gallopinggilmore says: Dec 2, 2013 2:42 PM

    Dallas could use a new Defensive Coordinator and a Del Rio reunion would be nice.

  6. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Dec 2, 2013 2:43 PM

    What did this guy ever do at UW to warrant his hiring out of a national field of contenders? His Washington teams were always late season fade types, couldn’t beat the PAC12 conference bullies and his QB’s never developed into Heisman hopefuls.

    Pat Haden reached

  7. gallopinggilmore says: Dec 2, 2013 2:44 PM

    I still do not see him as a head coach. Everyone keeps acting amazed at the fact that Zimmer isn’t a head coach somewhere. Look around the league, how many accomplished Defensive guys have become successful head coaches in today’s NFL?

  8. eatitfanboy says: Dec 2, 2013 2:46 PM

    I want Del Rio to get another head coaching job. I miss the non stop hilarity of his bonehead in game coaching, as evidenced by his two awful challenges last night that left him with no timeouts or challenges in the fourth quarter of a close game.

    This article should read “interim head coach Peyton Manning was able to achieve a 3-1 record in Fox’s absence despite Captain Bad Challenge stalking the sideline.

    Someone please hire Del Rio next season and let the hilarity ensue.

  9. eatitfanboy says: Dec 2, 2013 2:47 PM

    ptc712 says:
    Dec 2, 2013 2:39 PM
    “….Washington coach Steve Sarkisian has returned to USC, where he will take over the program where he spent seven seasons as an assistant. Sarkisian was interviewed by the late Al Davis. ”

    What a bizarre two sentences. Al Davis is doing interviews for USC from the great beyond?

    =====

    I guess it would seem bizarre if you didn’t read the paragraph above that said that at one point he was the favorite to the head coach of the Raiders.

  10. atleastimnotaraidersfan says: Dec 2, 2013 2:53 PM

    gallopinggilmore says: Dec 2, 2013 2:44 PM

    I still do not see him as a head coach. Everyone keeps acting amazed at the fact that Zimmer isn’t a head coach somewhere. Look around the league, how many accomplished Defensive guys have become successful head coaches in today’s NFL?
    ———————————————–
    There’s this guy in New England that’s pretty good.

  11. bowens3181 says: Dec 2, 2013 2:54 PM

    @gallopinggilmore

    Ummmmm, Belichick, Fox, Tomlin, Lewis, Ryan, Rivera, Fischer, Schwartz were all defensive coaches, along with a bunch of other guys I can’t think of off the top of my head. Better brush up on your NFL knowledge before making comments on PFT.

  12. csbanter says: Dec 2, 2013 2:55 PM

    You’d think Del Rio was Lombardi or something. Just what a non playoff team needs a mediocre coach.

  13. bleedgreen says: Dec 2, 2013 2:58 PM

    atleastimnotaraidersfan says:
    Dec 2, 2013 2:53 PM

    There’s this guy in New England that’s pretty good.

    _____________________-

    Besides Belichick? Who has left a great defensive team to go be a successful coach? Not Mike Nolan, or Rex Ryan, or Wade Phillips, or Romeo Crennel, or Leslie Frasier, or Dick Jauron, or Marvin Lewis… should I keep going on?

  14. gallopinggilmore says: Dec 2, 2013 3:06 PM

    Belichick did a lot of things, even special teams. I was referring to the really defensive-centric guys. I’m all for defense, unfortunately today’s NFL isn’t and I think that is why Rex Ryan was the last big defensive focused coach we will see for a while.

  15. ptc712 says: Dec 2, 2013 3:11 PM

    Tony Dungy? Lovie Smith?

  16. ptc712 says: Dec 2, 2013 3:11 PM

    Mike Tomlin?

  17. gallopinggilmore says: Dec 2, 2013 3:12 PM

    bowens3181, my knowledge is quite brushed thank you.
    Okay, I’ll give you Rivera but the verdict is still out on how successful his tenure has. Tomlin is a true team manager and doesn’t micromanage defense. You ever heard of Dick Lebeau? Fisher’s career has gone south with the prominence of defense in the NFL.

    The rest of those guys you mentioned have had questionable success at best. GMs and owners aren’t making coaching changes in attempts to be average.

  18. gallopinggilmore says: Dec 2, 2013 3:14 PM

    ptc712, some of you are trying desperately to prove me wrong here. Tony Dungy, an era passed. Lovie Smith? Ditto and Seriously??

  19. firerogergoodell says: Dec 2, 2013 3:23 PM

    Wouldn’t be surprised if he was named the Vikings head coach next year.

  20. bleedgreen says: Dec 2, 2013 3:26 PM

    ptc712 says:
    Dec 2, 2013 3:11 PM
    Tony Dungy? Lovie Smith?

    ————————-

    No. Dungy won because of Peyton Manning. Remember, their D was AWFUL most of the Manning Era. Lovie Smith? Son… no. And Mike Tomlin? No. That team’s defense has been the product of Dick LeBeau since the day he got there. Seeing as nothing really changed when Cowher left and Tomlin took over…

  21. gallopinggilmore says: Dec 2, 2013 3:32 PM

    Vikings will go offense. They already have at least as good of a defensive coach at the helm.

  22. dalcow4 says: Dec 2, 2013 3:47 PM

    Great hire… for the rest of the PAC 12.

    Not that he’s bad– he’s just okay. Which is the best non-USC fans could hope for.

  23. CKL says: Dec 2, 2013 3:49 PM

    ptc712 says:
    Dec 2, 2013 2:39 PM
    “….Washington coach Steve Sarkisian has returned to USC, where he will take over the program where he spent seven seasons as an assistant. Sarkisian was interviewed by the late Al Davis. ”

    What a bizarre two sentences. Al Davis is doing interviews for USC from the great beyond?
    _________________________________
    Even from beyond the grave, Davis prefers to hire offensive minded coaches.

  24. brucetrimble says: Dec 2, 2013 4:39 PM

    Given his health and age, fox won’t be coaching the broncos beyond the 2014 season. Del Rio will be promoted to HC at the close of the 2014 season

  25. boomgrounder says: Dec 3, 2013 1:15 AM

    The saying goes that NFL players like consistency out of their HC so they know what they are going to get from week to week. With DelRio the players never got that here in Jacksonville. They went to the playoffs twice, beating the Steelers once and losing to the Pats twice.
    Even though Jack tried to come off as a “Players Coach” being a young, former player. It never worked. He always has a different message for his team every few weeks. It started with “Keep Choppin’ Wood” where he placed a huge wood stump and axe in the locker room for players to take a hack at when they felt like it. Of course the Punter almost cut his leg off and had to have his leg surgically repaired to stop the bleeding.
    Good luck to any team that hires Jack. He is a sharp dresser though! He always looked good in a teal suit on Monday Nights! LOL

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