NFL Rumors: Jack Del Rio Would Be Great Defensive Coordinator for Denver Broncos

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 25, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 13:  Jack Del Rio the Head Coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars watches the action during the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 13, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The Denver Broncos are searching for a new defensive coordinator now that Dennis Allen has become head coach of the Oakland Raiders, and former Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio would be an excellent fit. 

Defense was the strong suit for the Broncos this past season, helping keep games close so Tim Tebow could work his magic to pull off a superb come from behind victory. 

It appears Denver is going to stick with Tebow, which means the defense needs to remain a big force in order for success. 

Del Rio is rumored to be a candidate for the job, according to Jason La Canfora of NFL Network. Despite being fired well before the season was over, Del Rio makes perfect sense for the Broncos. 



Del Rio used to coach for John Fox, the current Broncos head coach, back in 2002 with the Carolina Panthers. He was a big factor in the turnaround of the Panthers that season, which led to him being hired as the Jaguars head coach the following season. 

Since Del Rio and Fox know each another and have had success working together, the other candidates should just forget about it.  

Bleacher Report's Michael Schottey is at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. this week, and he tweeted what he witnessed down south. 

They have a history together, and that will benefit Del Rio's chances of landing the job, as well as succeeding in it once he gets it. 


CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 20:  Head coach Jack Del Rio of the Jacksonville Jaguars argues a call against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on November 20, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Del Rio played linebacker in the NFL for five different teams from 1985 to 1996. He's always been a defensive guy, which is just another reason to like him as Broncos defensive coordinator. 

The soon-to-be 49-year-old first got his start in coaching with the New Orleans Saints, holding the position of strength and conditioning coach from 1997 to 1998. From there, he worked as a linebackers coach with the Baltimore Ravens for a few years, winning a Super Bowl. 

The next jobs he held were defensive coordinator for the Panthers and then head coach for the Jaguars. 

He knows the ins and outs of defense and has a great résumé to back it up, which is why the Broncos need to the do the right thing and hire him. 


Defensive Success 

When Del Rio was the defensive coordinator Fox in 2002, he helped the Panthers find success through the defense. 

The Panthers ranked second in the NFL in total defense in 2002, and Del Rio is a big reason why. When given stellar talent, he knows how to manage them and get the best from his players. 

This past season, the Jaguars finished sixth in the league in total defense. Granted, Del Rio wasn't with the team for the last few weeks, but he was the coach when Jacksonville shockingly beat the Baltimore Ravens.

It was the defense that helped the Jaguars get that win, thus proving Del Rio is a defensive guru. In addition to the success his team had this past season, the Jaguars had a Top 15 defense five years in a row when Del Rio first started out. 

With the talent the Broncos have, Del Rio can work wonders, which is why would be a great defensive coordinator in Denver. 


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