Should Del Rio Go? Point / Counterpoint Pt 1

In this edition of point/counterpoint, JagNation's Alfie Crow and Charlie Bernstein debate on whether or not Jack Del Rio should be retained as Jaguars head coach. We will begin with Alfie Crow's stance on Del Rio getting fired.

After Sunday's loss to the Cleveland Browns and finishing the season on a four-game losing streak, Jack Del Rio could and probably should be fired as the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. While many will argue it's unfair to fire him based on the fact that his team is full of young players and the plethora of first-round busts by former personnel "guru" James Harris has killed this team more than the head coach, it's not that simple.

Since signing his contract extension following the 2007 season in which the Jaguars went 11-5 and lost in the Divisional Round of the playoffs to the eventual AFC Champion New England Patriots, Jack Del Rio has coached the Jacksonville Jaguars to a 5-11 season and a 7-9 season, the latter of which included the aforementioned four-game losing streak to conclude the season. Sure, 7-9 was an overachieving record for this football team if you're being realistic, as it was a "rebuilding year". Here is my problem with chalking up 2007 to "rebuilding" - You didn't think you were rebuilding when 2008 started. You thought you were close to the Super Bowl, as evidenced by extending David Garrard and grabbing at guys like Jerry Porter and Drayton Florence in free agency. After the 2008 season, which was supposed to be the run to the playoffs, it was chalked up to all the injuries on the offensive line.

Okay, I'll buy that.

So when did it turn from the team was good enough in 2008, but it just suffered injuries, to being in a rebuild the following season? If you're rebuilding, why do you sign guys like Brad Meester, Tra Thomas, and stick with your 31-year old quarterback? You don't build around guys like that.

Couple that with the fact that fans are tired of Del Rio. You're not selling tickets and keeping him another year is just going to hurt that fact more. The easiest way to inject hope and enthusiasm into the fan-base is to change. A new coach at least offers you hope, the same coach who's barely over .500 (.509) in his career and 1-2 in the playoffs? A coach who in seven seasons never won or even competed for a division title and only made the playoffs twice? Jack Del Rio's signature game is a loss in New England in 2007. He's delving into Charlie Weis territory here. Not to mention the fact that in 2007 he hitched his wagon to quarterback David Garrard. That wagon has begun to fall apart, and Jack Del Rio is riding shotgun.


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