Jack Del Rio Fired – Jack Del Rio is no longer the head coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars, team sources told ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen.
The Jaguars, who are 3-8 heading into a Monday night game with the San Diego Chargers, plan to announce the move at noon ET Tuesday. Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker will take over the team on an interim basis.
Del Rio was the second head coach in the team’s short history, replacing Tom Coughlin in 2003. He finishes his Jacksonville career with a 68-71 record, last leading the Jaguars to a winning record in 2007 when the team was 11-5. His teams were 1-2 in postseason play.
“If we’re not in the playoffs, it’s pretty apparent we’ll have a different coach,” team owner Wayne Weaver said in January.
Weaver refused to give contract extensions to any of the teams assistants, putting everyone on alert that this was a win-or-else season.
Fans have been clamoring for his departure for years, with many calling for him to be fired following a 5-11 finish in 2008. Instead, Weaver parted ways with personnel chief James “Shack” Harris and selected Gene Smith the general manager. Smith has rebuilt the roster over the last three years.
But the Jaguars have shown no progress under Del Rio’s leadership.
The Jaguars have been inept most of the season with rookie QB Blaine Gabbert under center. The 10th overall pick in April’s NFL draft has been rattled under pressure, has been inaccurate on short throws and doesn’t appear to be making much progress.
Del Rio said Monday he was sticking with the rookie. It turned out to be the coach’s final decision in Jacksonville.