Report: Raiders expected to hire Jack Del Rio today

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Jack Del Rio is expected to become the next head coach of the Oakland Raiders.

Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that the Raiders are expected to finalize the deal as early as today.

Del Rio had a long second interview with the Raiders yesterday, meeting with owner Mark Davis, General Manager Reggie McKenzie and other members of the team’s brain trust, including Hall of Fame coach John Madden. That interview apparently went well enough that Del Rio wants the job and the Raiders want him.

The 51-year-old Del Rio was previously the head coach of the Jaguars from 2003 to 2011. He spent the last three seasons as defensive coordinator of the Broncos.

108 responses to “Report: Raiders expected to hire Jack Del Rio today

  1. p8riotdynastylives says:
    Jan 14, 2015 8:46 AM
    I thought Sparano had them playing better……….I wish the Patriots would pick him up hes a good coach…….

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    Brady picked apart Del Rio defenses. Pats don’t need him. They need to play against him!

  2. Wow, with the number of available coaches, that would be much better choices, has to really make you wonder the number of them that refused to even interview. Del Rio has head coaching experience, but I am not sure how successful he was with that opportunity. I’m not sure that I would say this is an improvement.

  3. Well the million dollar question is who will be our OC . I liked Tony Sparano and wish him well . He had us competitive the second half of the season . Did a fine job .

    Good luck JDR & Go Raiders !!

  4. Just get an O.C. who can develop Carr, not destroy him. He is the first real young Q.B. we have had in a long long time.

  5. Can’t make this stuff up. Did a great job with Denver’s talented, veteran defense. Can’t wait to see what he does with the young, inexperienced guys in Oakland. 😐

  6. Just another retread of a great coordinator and mediocre head coach. One would think that teams would start thinking outside the box, especially one like the Raiders who need a shot in the arm. Can’t wait to see the black leather jacket back on the sidelines though.

  7. His OC is going to be so critical to the future this team….I’m not even sure I have a huge reaction to Del Rio mostly because I think him and Smith (if he’s hired) will at least field a very solid D with the pieces we have and will add….but man am I stressed over who will run the show/help develop Carr and this offense.

  8. correctly me if im wrong, but Del rio was the guy who last had the Jags relevant in the NFL and the last coach of that team to get a playoff win for the franchise, i know hes more of a defensive guy but i think this is a solid hire

  9. Bwhahaha good luck with that Raiders. Del Rio no clue how on how to piece together an offense and that is very important for you guys right now. His reigme completely mishandled the QB and WR position for his entire tenure and that is why Caldwell had to come here and blow that crap roster he left us with. Del Rio walked in the door with a team Coughlin had been building for three years, so dont let the playoff runs fool you, this guy is no head coach. He is not a good coach for a rebuilding team at all. Maybe he has learned, but I doubt it

  10. Jack is a solid coach that made the Jags competitive in his time there. This will be a great hire if he can bring aboard an OC that can develop Carr.

    Broncos on the way DOWN… Raiders RISING!

  11. Wow! And I thought things were bad with my Dolphins:) Well they are bad, but NOT this bad:) Never thought I’d see Del Rio as a Head Coach again. Let the recycling of head coaches begin:)

  12. We hire the one coach who was most likely to have been fired had Denver not blown things up?

    Start making plans for a new coach 3 years from now.

  13. No Jack!!!! Don’t do it!!!! Run for the hills as fast as you can!!!

    Signed,

    Mike White
    Joe Bugel
    Jon Gruden
    Bill Calahan
    Norv Turner
    Art Shell
    Art Shell (not a typo)
    Lane Kiffin
    Tom Cable
    Hue Jackson
    Dennis Allen
    Tony Sporano

  14. Best hire for the Raiders. Especially if we get Mike Smith and draft Leonard Williams. I’ll be fine with Trestman or Al Saunders as OC. Hopefully he brings Bob Wiley and Wisniewski back to coach the O Line.

  15. Good luck with this one Oakland.

    Here is what you can expect.

    Del Rio will be the last coach in and the first coach out every day.

    He will have a core group of “his guys” which will result in a divided locker room.

    And if you are ever in position to make the playoffs in December, fully expect for a Del Rio team to wilt under the pressure.

  16. JDR thought it was a good idea to bring an axe and tree stump into the locker room as a motivational tool. Luckily, only a kicker landed on IR as a result, but Jags could’ve lost a football player for the season. But, it’s not like he had great players…Gene Smith would have drafted from high schools if possible.

  17. As I expected… domino effect. Everyone was sitting around until Bowles’ destination had been decided. I expect the rest of the HC hirings to be made now in short order except of course for whatever team is willing to wait around for Quinn.

  18. The bad news…he was 68-71 with the Jags with two trips to the playoffs in nine years.

    More bad news…that record would still be an improvement in Oakland. So maybe that’s good news?

    Either way it’s good news for the rest of the AFC West.

  19. Good hire. Needed to get a proven guy. No more gambling on 30-something flavor of the month rookie coordinators. Del Rio made the Jags competitive without much at the QB position. They”ve fallen way off since he left. He has ties to the area. Brother works at the stadium. Parents are ticket holders. Grew up a Raiders fan. He’s solid.

  20. Wow, so Del Rio to Oakland, Gase closing in on 49ers job, and Fox taking over Chicago. Broncos fired 3 NFL head coaches on their staff this year.

  21. Welcome to mediocrity Oakland Raiders, you probably won’t be downright awful, but you will not be winning any superbowls either.

  22. Apparently, all you need to do in this league if you are a failed head coach is hang around long enough performing with mediocrity a coordinator job or two on teams that are fair to middling and presto! Another opportunity will come your way eventually.

    Unless, of course, your name is Brian Billick. In that case, you can lead a team quarterbacked by Trent Dilfer to a Super Bowl win and never ever be offered another job.

  23. Jack Del Rio & the Raiders. Sounds good on paper. I hope the guy has learned from his mistakes and observing Peyton & Gase in Denver. If so, this could work out; plenty of coaches – Belicheck, Carroll – have done a great job after being fired once, so perhaps Del Rio can too.

  24. Del Rio is not my ideal choice but he’s certainly much better than the other retreads considered (Sparano, Linehan, Shurmur, Mangini).

    I think Del Rio can get the Raiders back to respectability in a few years but this of course depends on whether McKenzie is capable of having a decent 2015 draft (2014 was very good but 2013 was a disaster) and signing FAs that can contribute (not a very good crop last year).

    IF the Raiders do achieve respectability, then I’m not sure if Del Rio is someone who can elevate them beyond that and back to prominence. At that point, the Silver & Black may need to look in another direction. But for now, I’ll settle for a respectable product on the field after 11 years of mostly horrible teams.

  25. It might not be gamechanging hire… but it’s a solid hire for a team that needs a rudder. Good experience, good presence and respected.

  26. “oh wait because my JETS beat them to it….!!!”

    Just like the Jets beat most other teams knocking themselves out of playoff contention.

  27. Might not have been my first choice, but he’s a Raider now so he’s my guy. Not putting him in this category AT ALL, but look at guys like Belicheck and Pete Carroll. First tries at NFL HC were not good, but given another chance they’ve got their teams at the top of the league. Hope Jack can take a similar path.

  28. To anyone who was pining for Sparano: 3-9 and getting blown out in Denver and obliterated in St. Louis down the stretch — this is great progress to you? How low are your standards? Think about that, then go to the mirror, tuck your shirt in and wipe that stuff off your face.

  29. seniority of coaches:
    New England Patriots Bill Belichick 2000
    Cincinnati Bengals Marvin Lewis 2003
    New York Giants Tom Coughlin 2004
    Green Bay Packers Mike McCarthy 2006
    New Orleans Saints Sean Payton 2006
    Pittsburgh Steelers Mike Tomlin 2007
    Baltimore Ravens John Harbaugh 2008
    Dallas Cowboys Jason Garrett 2010
    Seattle Seahawks Pete Carroll 2010
    Carolina Panthers Ron Rivera 2011
    Indianapolis Colts Chuck Pagano 2012

  30. Was hoping they would keep Sporano so the team didn’t have to learn a new system, again.
    Let’s see this time next year where the Raiders are before we start saying great or crappy hire.
    We all want the Raiders to improve (except San Diego) because they are the only team they can beat at the moment. Kinda.
    The NFL is more fun when the Raiders are relevant. Most people on this site probably don’t even remember what that’s like. The same ones who think a team won’t be successful in LA.

  31. Super Creepy Rob Lowe says:
    Vanessa del rio would be a better hire
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    I hear that Jeff Fischer used to call him that to his face.

  32. Good luck with the Raiders, Jack. You’ve got a massive job ahead of you, but there are a few good pieces already in place. It would be good for everyone if you could build a winner.

  33. Well he was the coach with the most experience that they interviewed. But one playoff appearance in 8 years and I think 3 wins is not reassuring. Not a great hire if you ask me.

  34. I’m good with Jack Of The River as HC. We know MD wanted Harbaugh. Didn’t happen.

    More importantly, I also like Mike Smith as DC and the possibility of Trestman as OC. That’s three key staff members with head coaching experience (Trestman also coached in the CFL.)

    Now, it’s up to Reggie to focus on the draft, look at bringing in quality FAs and manage the cap.

    Ship is being correctly … slowly but surely.

    Just Win Baby!!!

  35. Damn,so much for a splash hire ,I’ve said it before the Raiders will continue to be blah at best until there is new ownership period!!!!

  36. Bay area tree huggers will not like chopping wood.

    California’s water shortage won’t like water wasters.

    He’s a former viking, bad stuff happens when you put on that jersey.

    He is exactly the wrong hire, unless you want to alienate fans and move the franchise to San Antonio.

  37. Tony Sparano should have got the job. He’s suffered through all the garbage going on there, and finally got them playing a little better. The problem is that owner, he needs to fire himself first and find a new owner.

  38. This looks like a solid hire. Congrats Raiders.
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    After he fails with the Raiders (there’s a reason why the Broncos didn’t hire him) the Chargers will hire him and after he fails there the Chargers will keep rehiring him. (See Norv)

  39. Let’s be real.. Del Rio had mediocre results. Honestly though.. what else is out there. Bowles the hottest name? Have you heard that guy speak? I can barely hear him. The Jets just downgraded.

    The main reason this makes more sense for the Raiders is that Del Rio is a veteran coach and also a home town kid. I think our team just wants someone who knows what they are doing. I don’t think it’s a sexy hire.. but it’s one of the better available coaches. However, I think it’s going to come down to who he gets as his OC. If Olsen stays on… then expect more of the same thing.

  40. seniority of coaches:
    New England Patriots Bill Belichick 2000
    Cincinnati Bengals Marvin Lewis 2003
    New York Giants Tom Coughlin 2004
    Green Bay Packers Mike McCarthy 2006
    New Orleans Saints Sean Payton 2006
    Pittsburgh Steelers Mike Tomlin 2007
    Baltimore Ravens John Harbaugh 2008
    Dallas Cowboys Jason Garrett 2010
    Seattle Seahawks Pete Carroll 2010
    Carolina Panthers Ron Rivera 2011
    Indianapolis Colts Chuck Pagano 2012

    I can’t believe Lewis is still in Cinci. How many playoff wins do they have since 2003?

  41. I don’t think it’s a terrible hire I just don’t know if Del Rio is the guy to push the young talented Raiders team to the next level. At the very least you know Del Rio will have a tough disciplined team capable of playing solid defense. Another positive is Del Rio will hold his players accountable and that’s something that’s been missing in Oakland for quite some time.

    I belive in the roster that the Raiders are building in Oakland and think the NFL is a much better league when the Raiders are relevant. I for one hope that the Del Rio hire turns out to be a positive for the franchise.

  42. Them innernets say Carr could be a Franchise Quarterback. Thats cash gold money and should be the #1 priority for my Raiders selecting a new coach. I’m pretty sure Jack Del Rio isn’t a quarterback whisperer.

  43. Just when the locker room started to gel… the most important feature foe a football team… they let go the guy that brought them out of the swamp. Hahahaha Del Rio… enjoy the basement raiders fans… we know you secretly love it.

    Jack del Rio hahahahahahahahaha

  44. Over the past 11 NFL seasons, the Raiders have the most losses and fewest wins of any team.

    I’d also like to point out that wasn’t easy to do with the Lions as Detroit was 3 & 13 in 2006, 0 & 16 in 2009 and 2 & 14 in 2010…

    But Oakland was able to rise to that challenge and lose more games than the Lions.

    Oh, at least the Raiders weren’t last in attendance this season… they were only 2nd to last…

    During these past 11 seasons they have been last in attendance many times including a stretch of 4 out of 5 consecutive years.

    I wish I could call this a commitment to mediocrity but well they consistently finish last in attendance and they have the fewest wins over the past 11 NFL seasons.

    That’s a commitment to being the worst.

    One would think they’d get tired of that and do something different…

  45. Great, now if the Raiders are smart they’ll start looking for who their head coach will be in 2018 next.

  46. I think it all depends on who the OC will be, how good of a staff he can assemble. The dream hire would be Marc Trestman who is still available.

    I personaly really didn’t want a first time head coach, no matter how brilliant they look as coordinators. Im OK with JDR because of his experience as a HC and other stints. With a team that has endured so much failure young coaches get burned out. Dennis Allen was clearly out of solutions.

    I think coaches are only as good as the players anyway. The 2015 final record will be much more about what the GM does in the draft and FA then what fans think of a HC hire. I just hope Del Rio isn’t as conservative as Sparano and Allen and takes more chances at times when there is nothing to lose.

  47. Unoriginal and uninspired…the Raiders will still suck. What a joke. Hopefully Raider fans will keep their money and make this fake NFL team play in a an empty stadium…empty except for the sewage flowing from the toilets…and the sewage on the field.

  48. I got to stick up for the guy… Chris Mortensen did not break this news.. The Raiders Daily on Twitter broke this news. TRD broke the news about the interview on Sunday Night and Broke the news Del Rio would be hired late last night

  49. ill take it… looks like its blind raider hate in here. He has produced top tier defenses..do some research fellas

    “Del Rio began his coaching career with the New Orleans Saints in 1997, hired by head coach Mike Ditka as the strength and conditioning coach. In 1999, he accepted a position with the Baltimore Ravens as the linebackers’ coach. He is in part credited for the success of the Ravens’ defense, particularly in the 2000 season. After the 2001 season, he was named defensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers and in his first season, in 2002, he led them to the second best defense in the league.”

  50. Hopefully he will do something real cool as soon as he is hired, like bring an axe and a stump into the locker room.

    Get ready for some serious disappointment Raiders fans.

  51. The last time, and only time, a LB coach was selected to be the head coach of the Raiders was when Al Davis promoted John Madden in 1969. That worked out pretty well. Hopefully lightening will strike again. Good luck to former Ravens LB coach Del Rio. Another good draft and some key free agent pickups and the Raiders could surprise in 2015.

  52. seven2k says:
    Jan 14, 2015 12:30 PM
    ill take it… looks like its blind raider hate in here. He has produced top tier defenses..do some research fellas

    “Del Rio began his coaching career with the New Orleans Saints in 1997, hired by head coach Mike Ditka as the strength and conditioning coach. In 1999, he accepted a position with the Baltimore Ravens as the linebackers’ coach. He is in part credited for the success of the Ravens’ defense, particularly in the 2000 season. After the 2001 season, he was named defensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers and in his first season, in 2002, he led them to the second best defense in the league.”
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    So they hired him to be the defensive coordinator?

    Because I thought they hired him to be head coach which would make the following research somewhat more relevant:

    “On November 29, 2011, Del Rio was fired as Jacksonville’s head coach. He left with a regular season record of 68–71 and a 1–2 record in TWO playoff appearances over his NINE years”

  53. tindeaux says:
    Jan 14, 2015 11:58 AM

    this is a great decision for the San Diego Chargers!

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    But will it ever help you win a SuperBowl? Stay mediocre, San Diego!!!

  54. It could have been worse. They could have hired Gase. When Reggie gets fired next year (hopefully, finally), the new GM will bring in his own coach. If Del Rio is bad, he’s gone in a year. If he’s good, then he may stay. All fo the stiffs out there now are all about the same anyway.

  55. McKenzie made some terrible personnel decision pertaining to free agents, not franchise tagging Jared Veldheer is one of the biggest blunders in the history of NFL free agency….that said, his 2014 draft appears to be excellent, they need to stay the course.

  56. Jack Del Rio is a good hire for the Raiders for the following reasons;

    He knows the AFC West…..he knows how to scheme a defense…..and you can’t lay the superbowl or playoffs on him…….the offense failed period and did not show up to play both times.

    He did not do a bad job in Jacksonville despite not having a ton to work with and the second time around as a head coach will show what he has learned.

    The AFC West just got really close because the Raiders will get some wins this year in the division and Derek Carr is going to prove to be the best QB out of that draft class.

    Lastly….he has a good defensive foundation in Oakland and I believe he will make them better. He will get these guys up to play the Broncos if nothing else.

  57. Did you watch JV in the wild card game and for a good part of this past season? Not signing JV and getting Donald Penn wasn’t a terrible personnel decision…..it looks brilliant.

  58. I think it’s a good hire. The guy wasn’t very good as a DC in Denver (he had one good year) but he has won with Jacksonville before. The Raiders are on the rise too. Derek Carr and Khalil Mack are awesome pieces.

  59. not franchise tagging Jared Veldheer is one of the biggest blunders in the history of NFL free agency
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    Really? Ever?

  60. You know Jack went into the closet, pulled out the old black leather jacket, dusted it off and put it on like Buffalo Bob in Silence of the lambs. He’s back in black!

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