Del Rio rising with the Raiders?

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At a time when some believe it’s only a matter of time before interim head coach Tony Sparano becomes the next head coach of the Raiders, there’s a school of thought in some league circles that Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio has a real shot at getting the job.

As one league source puts it, owner Mark Davis “loves” Del Rio, the former Jaguars coach who led the team from 2003 through 2011, and who has served as defensive coordinator in Denver since 2012.

The question becomes whether Davis will wait for Del Rio, who could be available to be hired by Sunday night — but who may not be able to be plucked away from the Broncos for three more weeks.

Del Rio replaced Dennis Allen in Denver, who blazed the Broncos-defensive-coordinator-to-Raiders-head-coach trail three years ago.  In 2013, Del Rio served as interim head coach after head coach John Fox had heart surgery.

The interest in Del Rio comes at a time when some wonder whether a second one-and-out playoff performance from the Broncos in three years could cause heads to roll.

For Del Rio, he may get a step up in Oakland before he’d ever be asked to step off in Denver.

62 responses to “Del Rio rising with the Raiders?

  1. I’d rather be a def coordinator for the Broncos than the head coach for the Raiders. As a matter of fact, I’d rather be the towel boy for the Broncos than the head coach for the Raiders.

  2. As a Jags fan to the Raiders fans—“DON’T DO IT” !!
    Jack del Rio won 1 playoff game in all of his years with the Jags and frankly back then he had a fairly talented roster.
    His one good strong point though is that his teams always have a great defense — hence why he is a great defensive coordinator. Frankly the Raidsers can do much better for a HC.

  3. I can’t believe some of you would rather keep Sporano over Jack, give me Del Rio all day. Just hope he gets someone good to run offense

  4. The Raiders shouldn’t sign him because of the work ethic Del Rio showed after his 2008 extension pete prisco reported about in 2011.

    Also, 2 postseasons in 9 seasons??? No one wants that!!! They want a postseason every season and we all freaking know it.

  5. So let me get this straight….all the coordinators were offensive minded guys, the current guy is all about the offensive line, and the most promising candidate thus far is a defensive coordinator??…from Denver?? You have got to be kidding me. Unless the plan is to have Del Rio, Sparano, and Hamilton/Bevell on the staff next year this is not great news. I was just starting to give Mark credit for understanding what he doesn’t know and getting help. I also was impressed by the fact that they appear to be exploring all possibilities and are being thorough with the search. However, if the ultimate decision to create change here in Oakland is to use the exact same recipe that failed us miserably the last three years (hiring a donkey defensive coordinator to run our program) then Davis should fire Reggie and then fire himself. Get it together guys. This is getting old. We need FRESH blood. No retreads.

  6. Del Rio as HC and Scott Linehan as OC and the Raiders will be on the way up fast!! They’ll have to wait until after the Cowboys beat the Broncos in the Super Bowl for both coaches though.

  7. Del Rio gets the job if he wants it. My reasoning: teams in the AFC West have over the last few years have tried to weaken the Broncos by hiring their assistant coaches and members previously on their staffs.
    Examples: , Allen to the Raiders, McCoy to San Diego, Shanahan to the Raiders.

  8. Thought the title said “signing” not “rising” almost poo’d alittle.

    Rather have Sparano for 1 more year and if we dont have significant improvement, scrap Sparano and Mckenzie at the end of the year.

  9. I remember seeing him play as a Hayward Cowboy against the Amador Dons of Pleasanton. He was at least a foot taller than everyone else on the field that Friday night in the 1980s. He hit several people so hard, they failed to get up. Truly was a man among boys out there.

    Come home to the 510 Jack!

  10. rajbais says:
    Jan 10, 2015 10:03 AM
    The Raiders shouldn’t sign him because of the work ethic Del Rio showed after his 2008 extension pete prisco reported about in 2011.

    Also, 2 postseasons in 9 seasons??? No one wants that!!! They want a postseason every season and we all freaking know it.
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    Still more playoff appearances than what the raiders had in 9 seasons. What’s with oakland eyeing Broncos coordinators?i have never heard of a team to hire a 2 straight HC from the same team

  11. Future headline: Raiders fire Jack Del Rio.

    Del Rio made the playoffs twice with the Jaguars. But four other times (2004, 2006, 2009 and 2010) he had teams in playoff position going into December. All four times his teams collapsed and missed getting in by a game or two. He also divided the locker room. And he was notorious for working “banker’s hours”. Last guy in, first guy out every day.

    Good luck with that Oakland.

  12. Interesting how the the Raiders did not “love” Del Rio when he was available in 2012. He did not even get an interview. McKenzie just thinks it’s good to steal a coordinator from the best team in the division. And by the way, no one “steps up” going from a fuctional organization to the Raiders.

  13. In all seriousness, it’s no wonder the raiders have failures, Mark is becoming his father. Why have a GM if you’re not gonna let him put a good coaching staff together. No del rio is not the best candidate out there but I’m starting to see why the higher end HC candidates are staying away from oakland. I feel sorry for Dennis Allen because he went from a good DC to failing as a HC in Oakland and it’s not even all on him. Mckenzie is like a puppet to Mark Davis, he doesn’t have sole power to make decisions without davis approval. I’m sure del rio wouldn’t be high on his list, I bet jim harbaugh would have considered coaching the raiders but knew with davis calling the shot, wouldn’t have succeeded. Even belechick wouldn’t last 4 seasons with the raiders.

  14. Sporano deserves the job for holding that locker room together. They played hard for him, unfortunately they just do not have a talented enough roster yet. As long as Reggie is the one assembling those rosters, they never will. They Raiders didn’t blow it on not landing Harbaugh ( after all Sporano beat the Niners ), they blew by not getting rid of Reggie and getting McCloughan, who that was a life long Raider who grew up in the locker room and probably the guy who really deserves all the credit for assembling the Niners roster. Let Sporano pick his own staff, and lets see what they can do, because there really is nobody better out there than him. All this talk of Del Rio or anyone else is a joke, because if hopefully Reggie is out next year, then you would have to get another new coach under a new regime anyways. Keep Tony, he’s a gangster!

  15. Uhhhh, why exactly?

    He was a mediocre coach at best with the Jags. Granted, he took them to the playoffs a couple times, but other years, his team faltered down the stretch, or didn’t play up to their level of talent on the team.

    Good DC, but a run-of-the-mill Coach.

    Never understood why teams are interested in recycled Coaches. Once in a while, need to think outside the box, and make a unique or gutsy hire. Maybe Del Rio gets you to 8-8, maybe not, but is that really beneficial for the franchise?

  16. I love posters who say “Why are we interviewing mediocre candidates?”, or ” We should get Linehan for our OC.”. Well, guess what? The really good coaches are already coaching teams and organizations that are, in reality and perceptually, better than the Raiders team/organization. Linehan is not going to leave the Cowboys for the same position with the Raiders. Also, you either have to gamble on an assistant coach/coordinator who has never been a HC before and hope they develop into a good HC or you have to take a chance on a former HC who may not have had great success in his previous HC tenure (if they had been successful, they’d still be a HC someplace!) and hope they have a better go around in their next opportunity (e.g., Bellichick, Carroll).

    So, instead of focusing on what a candidate has done previously, look at what the candidate may be able to bring to your team and realize that football coaches, like most humans, are dynamic with a capacity to learn, grow and become better at their craft.

  17. 1. Jags haven’t made playoffs since Jacks been gone? So jags fans shouldn’t bash him and I’m a Jags fan.

    2. I’m sure the Raiders would love to go to the playoffs 1-2 a decade than no playoffs at all.

  18. Don’t be so quick to dismiss Del Rio. Jacksonville once fired a coach everyone said was washed up and he did pretty well in his next job. Del Rio never had a franchise QB like he will potentially have in Derek Carr.

  19. Head Coach- Jack Del Rio (from the bay, his parents have season tickets to Raiders)
    OC – Marc Tresman (Al loved him, previous Raiders coach)
    DC – Mike Smith (Del Rio’s DC for the Jaguars prior to taking head coaching job for Atlanta)
    Second choice – Pep Hamilton or Bowles
    No way – Rex Ryan, Mangini
    Draft Williams or Gregory first round, Jalen Strong second round.
    Sign Suh, another receiver (not Bryant), trade McFadden for future draft pick and lock up Wisniewski.

  20. Sparano seems like a players coach, motivational guy, but his offense is not innovative and is predictable. Del Rio is a solid D coordinator, but they need to team him with a solid offensive coordinator. They need a coach to stay for five years plus to create an identity and to provide the image of stability. They need to make it a place good players want to go to, not just aging veterans chasing money.

  21. neverwas1 says:

    Jan 10, 2015 11:43 AM

    Head Coach- Jack Del Rio (from the bay, his parents have season tickets to Raiders)
    OC – Marc Tresman (Al loved him, previous Raiders coach)
    DC – Mike Smith (Del Rio’s DC for the Jaguars prior to taking head coaching job for Atlanta)
    Second choice – Pep Hamilton or Bowles
    No way – Rex Ryan, Mangini
    Draft Williams or Gregory first round, Jalen Strong second round.
    Sign Suh, another receiver (not Bryant), trade McFadden for future draft pick and lock up Wisniewski.

    ____________

    Pep Hamilton is an OC, not DC. Can’t trade a free agent (McFadden). Otherwise, your ideas are reasonable.

  22. You can’t have it both ways. People are asking why they’re talking to retreads, instead of bringing in “hot names” or “fresh blood”.

    How quickly we forget:

    2007 – Lane Kiffin
    2009 – Tom Cable
    2011 – Hue Jackson
    2012 – Dennis Allen

    All first time head coaches, all fresh blood, 3 of the 4 were considered “rising talent” at the time they were hired (and even Cable, who wasn’t considered to be a hot HC candidate at the time, had a sterling rep as a line coach – something that continues today).

    How many winning seasons did all of that fresh blood have?

    There’s no single formula to success. Don Shula was one of the greatest coaches of all time. His own son was one of the worst. Belichick was a once failed retread when New England took a chance on him. Pete Carroll was a TWICE failed retread, had to go back to college to rebuild his reputation, and Seattle was still considered to be taking a huge risk in hiring him.

    The bottom line is….we just don’t know. We don’t know the original circumstances that created the failure. We don’t know what went on behind closed doors (power struggles, etc.).

    And the most important thing of all – unless you have a near historic defense, NO head coach wins without a top tier QB. Plain and simple. Bruce Arians was brilliant until Palmer’s knee went ‘pop’. Afterwards? Not so much.

    None of the first timers mentioned here, and none of the retreads, had a top-10 QB in their failures as a head coach with one single exception – Sparano got an All-Pro year out of Chad Pennington in 2008, before his arm fell off shortly thereafter.

    The result? Sparano went 11-5. Magic.

    Coaches matter. Quality QB’s matter more. If Carr takes the next step, and the Raiders have another quality draft, whoever they hire (and make no mistake, it’s down to Sparano or Del Rio at this point) is going to have a quality second run as a HC.

  23. neverwas1 says: Jan 10, 2015 11:43 AM

    Head Coach- Jack Del Rio (from the bay, his parents have season tickets to Raiders)
    OC – Marc Tresman (Al loved him, previous Raiders coach)
    DC – Mike Smith (Del Rio’s DC for the Jaguars prior to taking head coaching job for Atlanta)

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    ST – Jim Haslett

    Now you have the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse wrapped up on one staff that doesn’t even have a stadium to play in next year…

    Thank you but no thanks. Mark Davis would be better off using the dart board method for hiring.

  24. I get a kick out of some who can say retread coaches, ex-coaches etc…..can we all agree great players make coaches look great… great coaches can make good players look great. I mean lets look at supposedly the greatest coach today….bellichick-look at his record with Tom Brady, and without Tom Brady. If P. Manning retires this year, are you going to bet on Fox and the broncos next year. Just look at the playoffs today….all those guys (QB’s) got rings on their fingers (or should I say the ones that are going to win)

    Look at Phil Jackson in the NBA- the greatest basketball coach ever. Heck I could coach Jordan, Pippen, Rodman, Cartwright etc, and win games…..Hey pass the ball to Mike, ok 1,2,3 go.

    I can’t believe people actually think Gase is the OC in Denver. Like he is calling the plays into Peyton….Give credit to the Bill Parcells the Larry Browns, etc….who turned teams around. I have no problem with the interviews thus far…I betcha 100% of those guys would have winning records with Brady, or Manning…..I will give Soprano props, he took an 0-16 team losing streak and had them finish 3-3….I guess I am open to any coach whoever the Raiders decide. As long as Reggie keeps drafting the way he is all is good…A couple UFA like Suh and Cobb, all will good.

  25. It will not matter who takes that job.. It’s a professional circus there, has been for a
    long time and quality coaches have tried
    to turn things around with no luck..
    If you take the job, make sure it’s a
    5 year deal as your walking papers
    will be delivered in 3…
    I miss the Raiders of Old.. that was
    fun to watch all those exciting games…

  26. You know what’s funny… When the Raiders hired Dennis Allen all the Broncos fans and Players were like .. “He’s a great coach” .. “He’ll do well” .. now that The Raiders want Del Rio .. they’re saying “He sucks” .. “He’s a retread” .. I think somebody is scared the Raiders would be on the Rise.

  27. Jack would do wonders for the silver in black. I’m still Gung ho for Pep Hamilton though. Both these guys.

  28. Sparano did a great job in keeping the players focused and playing hard the entire year. He may be the right choice, it’s personal preference on Davis’ part. What you get with Del Rio is someone who learned defense from the Baltimore Ravens. Defenses in Baltimore have been leading edge for some time now. Current DC Tarver is OK and maybe Del Rio’s influence and knowledge can rub off on Tarver. If you’re going to bring Del Rio home why not do the same on the offense? Bring Norv Turner back to run the offense. Olson is run-of-the-mill and Turner is innovative. That would be a great combo, Del Rio and Turner. If I’m a free agent and I look at Oakland I see they are on the track to turn things around. Having roughly $70M available to spend on free agents, provided they jettison Schaub, MJD, and a few others, the Raiders *COULD* have a bounce back season in 2015.

  29. The Raiders keep thinking knowledge of the Broncos and Niners are the key to the future, when its really a key to the past. The past tells a lot about the future, and frankly Del Rio’s record with the Jags was average at best. Take away 3 offensive weapons and that team was terrible.

    I thought Cable did a capable job considering what he was working with at the time. But the domestic abuse thing is what was his undoing.

    The Raiders need a head coach who is not coordinating, but managing. Someone who commands respect with discipline, intelligence, ingenuity, a plan, a winning record, not a sub50%er. Pick that guy.

  30. If you want a HC that is a proven winner with multiple Super Bowls, a great offensive mind, a name that would attract FA’s, a system that has produced countless 1,000 yard rushers, and whom has worked with Hall of Fame QB’s and helped make other QB’s like Cutler, Griese, and RGIII look respectable…then you hire Mike Shanahan. The number 1 priority should be WINNING and getting the coach that BEST can put the young talent on the roster in a position to succeed. After what has gone on the last 12 years and regardless of the feud that happened a quarter century ago (which both parties have put past them) Shanahan is the best name out there to turn things around.

    Del Rio has never had any dominant defenses. Yes he grew up a Raider fan, but so did Norv Turner. His track record in JAX was lackluster. No other teams seem to be lining up to interview him. So many are clamoring for Del Rio. Why? What has he done? What on his resume indicates that he is the guy that can turn things around? His DEN defenses are nothing special. If Del Rio is hired, I hope I’m wrong with him, but I think it’s best to bring in Mike & Kyle Shanahan and help put young weapons like Carr, Murray, etc. in the best position to succeed. Then get a solid DC to pair with them.

  31. Lol all you people who’d rather have Sparno are asking for trouble. Del Rio always had tough teams in Jacksonville and has stonewalled some of the greatest offenses since taking over as D coord in Denver.

  32. murfdeezy says:
    However, if the ultimate decision to create change here in Oakland is to use the exact same recipe that failed us miserably the last three years (hiring a donkey defensive coordinator to run our program)
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    You mean that Faiders strategy that failed you since, oh I don’t know, since your last super bowl win maybe? At least Sparano fired your boys up every week he was coach. Players played their butts off for him!

  33. alshonbrandontandem says: Jan 10, 2015 9:54 AM

    I’d rather be a def coordinator for the Broncos than the head coach for the Raiders. As a matter of fact, I’d rather be the towel boy for the Broncos than the head coach for the Raiders.
    ————
    I’m sure you would rather be the towel boy for the Broncos than anything else in life.

  34. babygaga19 says: Jan 10, 2015 7:45 PM

    The Raiders are a AA farm club for Denver. Shanahan, Del Rio, Dennis Allen………it is a long list. Good luck. Smile with that 3-13!
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    Only a moron would put Shanahan on that list. If it wasn’t for Shanny, Denver’s cupboard would be as bare as San Diego’s.

  35. It is funny to read “the players choice” as reason to hire Sparano. His record was 3-9. Last 3 road games were embarrassing blowouts. Have Raiders fans forgotten the last 3 “players like him” hires? Joe Bugle Bill Callahan and Tom Cable were horrific failures. At Bugle’s intro Al Davis called him Joe Gruden, and hired Gruden a year later. Callahan had Woodson go after him in a confrontation at the tail end of the coach’s 2nd and final season after he threw most of players under the bus. Cable was in over his head, beat up a staffer, snuck his girlfriend onto road trips and hasn’t landed a sniff as even a coordinator position let alone a HC interview. Del Rio is the best choice at this time and will be able to hire better coordinators as other coaches know it isn’t going to a one and done with him.

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