One More Chance?

Coach Jack Del Rio technically will not be a lame duck coach next season. He has three years left on his contract that runs through the 2012 season.

In reality, Del Rio will have lame-duck status because he won't be back in 2011 if doesn't make the playoffs in 2010.

Owner Wayne Weaver made that clear when he said he doesn't expect to be sitting home at this time next year.

It was actually somewhat surprising that Weaver didn't pull the trigger on Del Rio this year because the team's fan base has been highly critical in letters to the editor and on talk radio about the Jaguars' four-game slide to end the season.

The Jaguars were 7-5 and in control of their own playoff destiny when they lost their last four to the Miami Dolphins, Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots and Cleveland Browns.

Had the Jaguars beaten the Dolphins and Browns, they would have made the playoffs at 9-7.

On the other hand, they could have been 2-14 if not for five close wins that could have gone either way.

The loss to the Browns was particularly frustrating because the Browns virtually abandoned the pass after Derek Anderson's interception in the second quarter. On their two touchdown drives, the Browns didn't throw a single pass and the Jaguars still couldn't stop the run.

Another problem for Del Rio's teams is that they don't get better as the season goes on. Twice in the last four seasons, they've collapsed at the end. In 2006, they were 8-5 and lost their last three games. This season, they were 7-5 and lost their last four.

Del Rio also tends to be too emotional and impulsive in his decision making.

A good example was his decision to go for it on fourth-and-1 at his own 35-yard line in the first quarter of a scoreless game at New England.

The Jaguars didn't make it when Maurice Jones-Drew was stopped for no gain. The Patriots took over and scored their first touchdown en route to a 35-7 victory.

Del Rio has just one playoff win and two playoff appearances in seven seasons. Weaver called his record "average" and made it obvious he's losing patience with him.

That's why 2010 is a make-or-break season for Del Rio. It's the playoffs or bust.

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