Jack Del Rio emerges as head coach candidate

The NFL’s Black Monday got off to a quick start on Monday morning, with the Falcons, Jets and Bears all firing their coaches.

Meanwhile, the Raiders have a coaching vacancy they need filled as well after Dennis Allen was fired midseason and the decision of what to do with interim head coach Tony Sparano has yet to be made.

There’s been a lot of speculation regarding the Raiders head coaching job, with a lot of names being thrown around without any weight behind them.

One name that seems to have some weight behind it is Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, and it isn’t the first time.

Many NFL media “insiders”, including Ian Rapoport, have tweeted that they believe Del Rio will receiver “strong” interest from the Raiders for their coaching vacancy.

This isn’t too surprising given his Bay Area ties and the amount of times we’ve heard his name associated with the Davis family before. On top of being from Castro Valley and then going to Haywerd High School, Mark Davis reportedly sought him out to say high on the field before Sunday’s game, adding speculation.

This year, Del Rio’s defense ranked 16th in scoring and 13th in points given up per drive, third in total yards given up, and second-best in rushing yards allowed. On top of that, Del Rio has head coaching experience as he was the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2003 to 2011. During that time, Del Rio went 68-71 and made the playoffs twice.

Del Rio has experience working under John Fox (twice), Mike Ditka, and Brian Billick.

We’ll keep an eye on the rumor mill and the situation with Del Rio as the coaching search continues for the Raiders.

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