Who will be first NFL coach fired this year?

October 19, 2011

So long, Del Rio

Bill Kline

Morning Call

Jack Del Rio has not lost all of his Jacksonville team just yet, but that's as understated as saying Tiger Woods cheated on only one wife.

Some Jaguars have criticized communication and player substitution, and their offense couldn't drive 70 yards going against a window-sill draft.

Del Rio has only two playoff seasons in nine years and is 21-33 since 2008, while his old-school game-planning is more out of date than the pills in a spinster's medicine cabinet. This year includes an embarrassing defeat at home to the Bengals, and with losses booked vs. Baltimore and Houston the next two weekends, the Jaguars will be 1-7 heading into their off week — which should become bye-bye week for Del Rio.


Sparano is a goner

Dan Pompei

Chicago Tribune

You would not want to be in Tony Sparano's shoes these days.

The Dolphins are 0-5. Their prospects of turning around the season are not good with Matt Moore under center. Owner Stephen Ross has been jonesing for a high-profile replacement for Sparano since the offseason, when his furtive pursuit of Jim Harbaugh blew up in his face.

The Dolphins want to market themselves through a head coach with a high Q rating. Sparano is not that guy. Sparano might not even last until the offseason. He could be gone in the coming weeks, with defensive coordinator Mike Nolan replacing him on an interim basis.


Sparano plays scared

Steve Svekis

Sun Sentinel

While the Dolphins have started 16 quarterbacks since the 2000 retirement of Dan Marino, they have been just as woeful in tabbing head coaches.

Nick Saban's NFL interest wasn't gauged correctly, and the other three to have started a Dolphins season under the headset in the last 12 seasons — Dave Wannstedt, Cam Cameron and Tony Sparano — have been excellent assistant coaches who didn't have what it took to be the head guy.

In Sparano's case, the handling of the game seems to elude him. Monday, he punted from the Jets' 41 and 36, and ran out the final 74 seconds of the half, down 8 with the Dolphins 45 yards from field-goal range. He seems to manage the game scared.


Heat is on Del Rio

Sam Farmer

Los Angeles Times

The days are numbered for Jacksonville's Jack Del Rio.

Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver has been patient to this point, but he has to do something to ignite some interest in the franchise. Del Rio has one more season at $5 million remaining on his contract, but that might not be enough to save him. No one on his staff has a deal that extends past this year.

If the Jaguars were to replace Del Rio by promoting someone on his staff, they wouldn't have a lot of choices. Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter is interesting, except that the Jaguars are 32nd in offense and in passing.

The question is if the Jaguars, now 1-5, are 1-7 at the bye, will Weaver make the move?


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