Del Rio Is the Dean of the AFC South

Find out how the Jaguars will have an advantage on the sidelines in every divisional game they play in 2011.

With the parting of ways between the Tennessee Titans and former head coach Jeff Fisher, Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio is now the longest tenured coach in the AFC South. It's now likely that Jacksonville will have an advantage on the sidelines during their six divisional games this season and with a division that's pretty evenly matched, this could be a big step up for the Jags.

Those adamant about a change for Jacksonville from Del Rio to another coach will note that Del Rio is the only coach in NFL history that has held his post eight or more seasons without a division title.

"It's disappointing," Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver said of the 2010 season. "We got what we earned. We got to get better."

Although all sentiments are very true, look at who's in charge on the sidelines of the other three AFC South "contenders."

* Colts head coach Jim Caldwell has had the uncanny ability to call timeout at the worst possible time, costing his team a minimum of two games including a playoff exit in 2010 alone.

* Texans head coach Gary Kubiak has arguably done less with more than any head man in the NFL. The stench of losing has permeated through Houston and even spread as far north to Dallas this season.

* Titans new head coach Mike Munchak was a Hall of Fame offensive lineman, but he has never even held the post of a coordinator in his coaching career.

Jack Del Rio doesn't look all that bad now, does he?

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