Del Rio Defends the Field Goal
The Jaguars trailed 17-10 with 4:22 remaining when Del Rio decided to kick a 45-yard field goal instead of trying to convert a fourth-and-6 play against the Steelers.
The decision has brought strong criticism. Former All-Pro defensive tackle and current NFL Network analyst Warren Sapp wrote on his Twitter page that Del Rio "Should Be Fired. Kicking a FG Down 17-10! (hash)Idiot."
Fans were equally outraged, especially since Del Rio has shown a penchant for gambling on fourth down over the years. This time, though, he played it safe.
"We make calls all throughout the game," Del Rio said Monday. "That's one that certainly people will certainly look back and ask that question. We did what we thought was right there, took the points and played to the defense."
The Jaguars (1-5) made the field goal and got the ball back with a minute left, but failed to mount another threat. It gave the team its first five-game losing streak in a decade and matched the worst start in franchise history, which came during Del Rio's first season.
It also was the third time in the last four games that Jacksonville had chances to win in the final minutes, but came up short in each of them. They had clock management issues at Carolina and a botched snap against Cincinnati.
"What's it horseshoes and hand grenades?" Del Rio said. "Being close is OK in those, but not in football."
Jags Illustrated Top Stories
LOCKED on JAGUARS 10-25Ben Freid gives you hot takes, a man who should be the next Jags GM/Head Coach and of course Jags vs Titans.
Name Five QBs Worse Than Blake BortlesIt sounds crazy to say out loud, but you'll find out quickly just how hard it is to name five NFL quarterbacks who are worse than Blake Bortles. I know, it just doesn’t seem right.…
A Tale Of Two QuarterbacksThere was a franchise quarterback sighting in Jacksonville on Sunday at Everbank Field! Unfortunately for most of the fans that attended the game, it was not Blake Bortles.
LOCKED on JAGUARS 10-24Ben Freid gives you his Top 5 takeaways from last night's game. Is Blake Bortles a franchise qb? Also exclusive Marqise Lee interview.
Dis-GUS-tingThere is not much to say about this Jags vs. Raiders game. It was embarrassing from start to finish. The score ended 33-16 and the score seems closer than is actually was. The Jags…