I'm writing this as reports are all over of Jack Del Rio's tirade over John Henderson's unwillingness to practice with an injury. Terms like "Back when I played" and "Lombardi would be rolling" were also used.
I understand where he was going with this, but it needs to stop. Jack Del Rio was brought here because of his fiery, not long from playing the damn game intensity and it has served the team well. When everyone is healthy and on the same page, this team plays as well as any in the league.
Del Rio needs to check himself & his ego sometimes though. He tries to play mind games with his players. A lot of them have ended in failures, some in dangerous fashion.
Del Rio's first year was remembered not for his record, but because he put a huge tree trunk in the locker room with an axe. It was supposed to be symbolic to his creed that you gotta just keep chopping away. It all ended with the Jags punter almost cutting his leg off with the axe.
Del Rio has closed training camp to take the team to see movies like "300", hoping it would bond the team and inspire them to defeat the Persians I supposed. Most of the players appeared to be more thankful to be out of the Florida sun than wanting to yell "SPARTANS!!!"
It all came to a head last year when Del Rio was displeased with team chemistry. He decided to shake things up by having locker room attendants move players lockers one week during the season without discussing it first with the players.
This doesn't seem that big of a deal but apparently it was. The players felt disrespected. And if you know anything about sports, being disrespected is just below murder and only a little worse then insulting a player's mother.
This caused the players to have bad feelings towards Del Rio and probably led to the Mike Peterson blow-up that sent the season to complete ruins. This was a prime example of Del Rio's ego hurting the team.
I think Jack Del Rio is an excellent coach and I would love to see him remain with the Jags for many more seasons.
I would just remind him that when the Jags are playing at their best, the only thing we talk about him for is his snazzy suits he wears for some games and how much he looks like the "American Dad" cartoon character.
You tried Phil Jackson mind games and Bill Parcells blow-ups last year. You had your worse season since the first one. This year, let's treat the players like men and hope they will "man-up."