When the cast and crew of NFL Total Access put together a short list of coaches on the hot seat earlier this week, there was very little debate over the inclusion of Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio. After back to back 25-point losses and few signs of a sliver lining around the dark clouds, the vibe coming out of Jacksonville have been one-sided this week.
On the same day Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union called the situation the lowest point of Del Rio’s eight-year tenure, Del Rio cited a heightened sense of urgency. The signing of Trent Edwards offered a temporary distraction.
Turning to Twitter for some insight (shudder), another voice close to the situation — beat writer Vito Stellino of the Times-Union — says he can’t rule out Del Rio getting fired after a third-straight blowout.
Still, the decision will be determined by economics and the wallet of owner Wayne Weaver.
Most believe it’s doubtful Weaver would fire Del Rio and pay two coaches simultaneously, although an interim coach could present a less expensive alternative. Del Rio was reportedly owed around $15 million on the final three years of his contract entering the season, although with each passing year a buyout becomes more financially viable. The unknown of the collective bargaining agreement could present an obstacle, making the process of hiring a new head coach and staff difficult next offseason.
With the Colts up next, we’ll see how much the lopsided losses and the empty seats in Jacksonville test the patience of Weaver.
– Frank Tadych