Should Del Rio Go? Point / Counterpoint Pt 2

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. Charlie Bernstein takes the side of why Del Rio should be retained as Jaguars head coach.

Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver believes that some of the great, most successful franchises in the NFL are built with continuity and stability amongst the coaching ranks, and that's why Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio will remain as Jaguars head coach for at least one more season.

Sure, there are some reasons that would justify Del Rio not being retained as my colleague pointed out, but let's look at the reasons why he should be retained and ultimately will be retained. First, let's look at the job he's done this past season. The Jaguars played meaningful games in December with a roster that was mostly void of talent and experience. In the season finale, the Jaguars suited up 16 rookies and although the outcome was dismal, they still won seven games, two more than a year ago.

"Remember way back when, there was a lot of doom and gloom cast upon this team. I said, 'We'll see,' because we get a chance to earn what we can. I know there were a lot of people that didn't think we could get as far as we did, but that's OK. Everybody has to have their opinion," Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio said.

Jack Del Rio is obviously getting better as a coach and 2009 may have been his best job as a coach on any level. He had to deal with some key injuries, and still found a way to win with one of the worst pass rushes in the history of the league. Sure, the Jaguars collapsed at the end of the season with a four-game losing streak, but Del Rio wasn't the guy architecting the offense to numerous three-and-outs. Del Rio has been a victim of several draft day strikeouts, and although he had a say in some of those picks, he still took a bad roster and made it competitive.

"I think the most important thing for anybody in a leadership position is to continue to do the things that they believe in and be steadfast and I will do that," Del Rio said.

Del Rio did a very good job in 2009 and although much of the fan base is peeved at the way the season ended, they should blame the players, not the head coach which had them in the position to compete. It's a quarterback's league and the Jaguars simply don't have a quarterback that's good enough to get them over the hump. Sure, Del Rio played a part in the decision to give backup quarterback David Garrard his money, but how long can the coach be held accountable for the quarterback's poor play?

Perhaps the biggest reason why Jack Del Rio will be on the sideline for the Jaguars in 2010 is money. Del Rio has three years and $15 million left on his deal and Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver doesn't have the means in his budget to pay Del Rio that kind of money and someone else to coach the team. A good part of that is the slumping attendance at the stadium.

If you're a Jags fan and you don't like Del Rio, you have the empty seats to blame why he'll be here next year.


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