Del Rio Faces More Changes

Coach Jack Del Rio isn't getting much down time in the off-season. After taking New Year's weekend off, Del Rio was back at his desk last Monday and he has a full plate.

Not only was he informed that his staff will be coaching the South team in the Senior Bowl on Jan. 24, but he also learned that two of his assistant coaches are leaving.

Joe DeCamillis, his special teams coach the past two years, was hired by the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday, the same day that Yale University announce it was hiring defensive assistant Tom Williams as its head coach. Williams becomes the first black football coach in Yale history.

That means Del Rio currently has four openings because he fired strength and conditioning coach Mark Asanovich and his assistant, Les Ebert.

And Del Rio will likely be looking for a new defensive coordinator because Gregg Williams' contract is up, and he's looking at other opportunities.

Del Rio will be now searching for his fourth special teams coach in seven years. He fired Bill Bates after one season and Pete Rodriguez after three years before hiring DeCamillis two years ago.

Then there's the season review that Del Rio began this week. It's probably the most important one in his tenure with the Jaguars, which started in 2003.

Del Rio faced a lot of issues of age and chemistry last year as the team went from 11-5 to 5-11.

The team is now 24-24 the last three seasons, the same record that got Mike Shanahan fired in Denver and only one game better than the 23-25 mark that got Eric Mangini fired by the New York Jets.

That 24-24 mark got James Harris fired as Jaguars vice president of player personnel. But Del Rio survived because he signed a $21 million contract extension in the off-season that runs through 2012. As a small market owner, Wayne Weaver wasn't going to fire him with that much money at stake.

But if Del Rio doesn't turn things around this year, Weaver's hand may be forced.

The season review is important because Del Rio has to decide which players to jettison as he tries to rebuild the team.

Middle linebacker Mike Peterson, wide receiver Reggie Williams and left tackle Khalif Barnes seem definitely gone.

Now Del Rio has to decide what other players will be swept out the door along with them.


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