Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Weaver: “Pretty apparent” Del Rio can’t survive another non-playoff year

Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver told the Jacksonville media the definition of insanity on Monday.  And then he insisted that he’s not doing the same thing over and over again with his football team and expecting a different result.
Weaver says he decided to keep coach Jack Del Rio because a new staff meant setting back the team’s rebuilding effort.  Weaver mentioned how poor the team’s drafts were before G.M. Gene Smith came on board in 2009.
“I had to reflect and say am I better off to blow this thing up and start over again with the coaching staff?” Weaver said via Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union.
The Jaguars owner talked to players Monday.  One that he respects told him that changing coaches would set the team back.  Weaver listened.  The biggest change: Weaver told Jack Del Rio to ease off his defensive responsibilities to focus more on being a head coach.
“Mel Tucker will assume role as defensive coordinator according to Weaver,” the team’s website tweeted.
Tucker’s official title since 2009: Defensive coordinator.  Huh?
This will not be a popular decision in Jacksonville, and it could make it tougher to sell tickets.  The Jaguars will essentially stay the same at the two most important positions in the organization.
“I believe that we can win with David [Garrard],” Weaver said.  “He has to continue to do the things that we asked of him.”
One thing is clear:  Del Rio remains on a hot seat.   Weaver admitted is “pretty apparent” the team will make a coaching change if they don’t make the playoffs next season.

source:  PFT.com
author:  Gregg Rosenthal

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