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Del Rio Out, Jags Send In Tucker

by Eric Tellez for on 29 NOV 2011

The Jacksonville Jaguars have announced that defensive coordinator Mel Tucker will be the new head coach of the team after releasing Jack Del Rio today.

Tucker will be the 3rd head coach in team history and continues the Jags tradition of a defensive minded coach at the top spot succeeding current New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin and Jack Del Rio. Tucker was originally hired to replace Gregg Williams as the defensive coordinator in 2009 after spending 4-seasons as a defensive coordinator under Romeo Crennel in Cleveland.

Before Cleveland, Tucker had stops at Michigan State, LSU, and Ohio State which aren't NFL positions but places where there is a pressure to produce and the fans don't take kindly to losing. But the resume does have more questions than answers.

Since the beginning of the season the biggest problem facing the Jaguars has been their difficulties with offense. Lack of a passing game, quarterback instability, and the apparent dismissal of an offensive system are where the team needs to improve if it hopes to be competitive.

Is a defensive coordinator going to be responsible for making sure Blaine Gabbert becomes a quality NFL quarterback? Or overseeing the transformation of the offense into something more than Jones-Drew left, Jones-Drew right? It's possible! Brian Billick, who has something like 10-billion offensive plays on a "c: drive" in a basement somewhere, won a Super Bowl in Baltimore with defense and not much else.

But until further notice, I'm going with the belief that Tucker is there to keep the ship from sinking until the off-season and whether or not the boat goes anywhere is irrelevant. All we can hope is that the fans rally around this moment, the staff comes together under Tucker, and that the players see this as an opportunity to show what they can do and secure a spot for the future.

***NOTE*** Del Rio leaves the team with a 69-73 overall record and was 1-2 in the playoffs. He was in his 9th season on the team and was 3-8 this season.***

Eric Tellez is an independent football journalist from Las Cruces, NM. You can reach him by email at to talk football anytime.


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